A Plague upon Humanity by Daniel Barenblatt

A Plague upon Humanity by Daniel Barenblatt

From 1932 to 1945, in a headlong quest to develop germ warfare capability for the military of Imperial Japan, hundreds of Japanese doctors, nurses and research scientists willingly participated in what was referred to at the time as ‘the secret of secrets’ – horrifying experiments conducted on live human beings, in this case innocent Chinese men, women, and children. This was the work of an elite group known as Unit 731, led by Japan’s answer to Joseph Mengele, Dr Shiro Ishii.

Under their initiative, thousands of individuals were held captive and infected with virulent strains of anthrax, plague, cholera, and other epidemic and viral diseases. Soon entire Chinese villages were being hit with biological bombs. Even American POWs were targeted. All told, more than 250,000 people were infected, and the vast majority died.

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Rape
  • Medical experimentation
  • Cannibalism mentioned
  • War & biological warfare themes
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Life of Pi by Yann Martel

Life of Pi by Yann Martel

The son of a zookeeper, Pi Patel has an encyclopedic knowledge of animal behavior and a fervent love of stories. When Pi is sixteen, his family emigrates from India to North America aboard a Japanese cargo ship, along with their zoo animals bound for new homes.

The ship sinks. Pi finds himself alone in a lifeboat, his only companions a hyena, an orangutan, a wounded zebra, and Richard Parker, a 450-pound Bengal tiger. Soon the tiger has dispatched all but Pi, whose fear, knowledge, and cunning allow him to coexist with Richard Parker for 227 days while lost at sea

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Cannibalism
  • Murder
  • Animal death
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The Copper Promise by Jen Williams

The Copper Promise by Jen Williams

There are some far-fetched rumours about the caverns beneath the Citadel. Some say the mages left their most dangerous secrets hidden there; others, that great riches are hidden there; even that gods have been imprisoned in its darkest depths.

For Lord Frith, the caverns hold the key to his vengeance. Against all the odds, he has survived torture and lived to see his home and his family taken from him … and now someone is going to pay. For Wydrin of Crosshaven and her faithful companion, Sir Sebastian Caverson… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Blood & gore depiction
  • Cannibalism
  • Torture
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The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins

It is the morning of the reaping that will kick off the tenth annual Hunger Games. In the Capital, eighteen-year-old Coriolanus Snow is preparing for his one shot at glory as a mentor in the Games. The once-mighty house of Snow has fallen on hard times, its fate hanging on the slender chance that Coriolanus will be able to outcharm, outwit, and outmaneuver his fellow students to mentor the winning tribute.

The odds are against him. He’s been given the humiliating assignment of mentoring the female tribute from District 12, the lowest of the low. Their fates are now completely intertwined — every choice Coriolanus makes could lead to favor or failure, triumph or ruin. Inside the arena, it will be a fight to the death. Outside the arena, Coriolanus starts to feel for his doomed tribute… and must weigh his need to follow the rules against his desire to survive no matter what it takes.

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Sexual assault, implied
  • Child abuse & neglect
  • Emotional abuse
  • Drug use
  • Beheading
  • Cannibalism mentioned
  • Starvation
  • Death of a parent
  • Murder
  • Physical & psychological torture
  • Hanging
  • Poverty themes
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The Grace Year by Kim Liggett

The Grace Year by Kim Liggett

No one speaks of the grace year. It’s forbidden.

In Garner County, girls are told they have the power to lure grown men from their beds, to drive women mad with jealousy. They believe their very skin emits a powerful aphrodisiac, the potent essence of youth, of a girl on the edge of womanhood. That’s why they’re banished for their sixteenth year, to release their magic into the wild so they can return purified and ready for marriage. But not all of them will make it home alive.

Sixteen-year-old Tierney James dreams of a better life—a society that doesn’t pit friend against friend… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Misogyny
  • Statutory rape mentioned
  • Sexual assault mentioned
  • Suicide
  • Childbirth
  • Scalping & skinning, off-page
  • Dismemberment mentioned
  • Cannibalism mentioned
  • Starvation
  • Death of a friend
  • Poisoning
  • Torture
  • Lynching
  • Animal death & abuse
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Nation by Terry Pratchett

Nation Terry Pratchett

Alone on a desert island — everything and everyone he knows and loves has been washed away in a storm — Mau is the last surviving member of his nation. He’s completely alone — or so he thinks until he finds the ghost girl. She has no toes, wears strange lacy trousers like the grandfather bird, and gives him a stick that can make fire.

Daphne, sole survivor of the wreck of the Sweet Judy, almost immediately regrets trying to shoot the native boy. Thank goodness the powder was wet and the gun only produced a spark. She’s certain her father, distant cousin of the Royal family, will come and rescue her but it seems, for now, that all she has for company is the boy and the foul-mouthed ship’s parrot, until other survivors arrive to take refuge on the island. Together, Mau and Daphne discover some remarkable things (including how to milk a pig, and why spitting in beer is a good thing), and start to forge a new nation.

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Alcohol consumption
  • Cannibalism
  • Beheading
  • Murder
  • Poisoning
  • Battle scenes
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Lord of Secrets by Breanna Teintze

Lord of Secrets by Breanna Teintze

Outlaw wizard Corcoran Gray has enough problems. He’s friendless, penniless and on the run from the tyrannical Mages’ Guild – and with the search for his imprisoned grandfather looking hopeless, his situation can’t get much worse.

So when a fugitive drops into his lap – literally – and gets them both arrested, it’s the last straw – until Gray realises that runaway slave Brix could be the key to his grandfather’s release. All he has to do is break out of prison, break into an ancient underground temple and avoid killing himself with his own magic in the process.

In theory, it’s simple enough. But as secrets unfold and loyalties shift, Gray discovers something with the power to change the nature of life and death itself. Now Gray must find a way to protect the people he loves, but it could cost him everything, even his soul . . .

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Slavery & human trafficking
  • Physical child abuse recounted
  • Sexual harassment
  • Nonconsensual drugging
  • Blood & gore depiction including dead bodies
  • Cannibalism mentioned
  • Emesis
  • Murder & attempted murder
  • Graphic physical & psychological torture (on-page)
  • Imprisonment
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Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods by Rick Riordan

Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods by Rick Riordan

A publisher in New York asked me to write down what I know about the Greek gods, and I was like, Can we do this anonymously? Because I don’t need the Olympians mad at me again. But if it helps you to know your Greek gods, and survive an encounter with them if they ever show up in your face, then I guess writing all this down will be my good deed for the week.

So begins Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods, in which the son of Poseidon adds his own magic–and sarcastic asides–to the classics.

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Misogyny
  • Slavery
  • Rape
  • Incest
  • Sexual harassment
  • Parental abandonment & neglect
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Nonconsensual drugging
  • Pregnancy
  • Pregnancy from rape
  • Childbirth
  • Blood & gore depiction
  • Dead bodies & body parts
  • Dismemberment
  • Cannibalism
  • Emesis
  • Death of a father & husband
  • Death of a daughter
  • Infanticide
  • Murder
  • Torture
  • Whipping mentioned
  • Imprisonment
  • Animal death
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The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan

The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan

After a summer spent trying to prevent a catastrophic war among the Greek gods, Percy Jackson finds his seventh-grade school year unnervingly quiet. His biggest problem is dealing with his new friend, Tyson—a six-foot-three, mentally challenged homeless kid who follows Percy everywhere, making it hard for Percy to have any “normal” friends. But things don’t stay quiet for long…

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Ableism & ableist language
  • Child abuse
  • Parental abandonment
  • Nightmares
  • Blood depiction
  • Physical injuries
  • Cannibalism mentioned
  • Explosion
  • Knife violence
  • Kidnapping
  • Drowning mentioned
  • War themes
  • Animal death
  • Bullying
  • Homelessness
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State of Fear by Michael Crichton

State of Fear by Michael Crichton

In Paris, a physicist dies after performing a laboratory experiment for a beautiful visitor. In the jungles of Malaysia, a mysterious buyer purchases deadly cavitation technology, built to his specifications. In Vancouver, a small research submarine is leased for use in the waters off New Guinea. And in Tokyo, an intelligence agent tries to understand what it all means.

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Blood & gore depiction
  • Cannibalism
  • Murder
  • Car accident
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