The Anthropocene Reviewed by John Green

The Anthropocene Reviewed by John Green

The Anthropocene is the current geological age, in which human activity has profoundly shaped the planet and its biodiversity. In this remarkable symphony of essays adapted and expanded from his ground-breaking, critically acclaimed podcast, John Green reviews different facets of the human-centered planet – from the QWERTY keyboard and Halley’s Comet to Penguins of Madagascar – on a five-star scale.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • COVID-19
  • Anxiety
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

Sea of Tranquility by Emily St. John Mandel

Sea of Tranquility by Emily St. John Mandel

Edwin St. Andrew is eighteen years old when he crosses the Atlantic by steamship, exiled from polite society following an ill-conceived diatribe at a dinner party. He enters the forest, spellbound by the beauty of the Canadian wilderness, and suddenly hears the notes of a violin echoing in an airship terminal—an experience that shocks him to his core. Two centuries later a famous writer named Olive Llewellyn is on a book tour. She’s travelling all over Earth, but her home is the second moon colony, a place of white stone, spired towers, and artificial beauty. Within the text of Olive’s… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Infidelity mentioned
  • Suicide recounted
  • Drug use
  • COVID-19 pandemic
  • False imprisonment
  • Gun violence

I Know Your Secret by Daphne Benedis-Grab

I Know Your Secret by Daphne Benedis-Grab

The email arrives Sunday night: Do exactly what I say, when I say it, or I will reveal your secret. On Monday morning, seventh graders Owen, Gemma, Ally, and Todd, who have nothing in common and barely know each other, must work together and follow the instructions of an anonymous blackmailer. None of them want to go along with the blackmailer’s instructions, but each of them have a secret they must protect at all costs. Set during a single day of school, the students race against the clock to complete a disquieting set of tasks, with fast-paced… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Racism mentioned
  • Misogyny mentioned
  • Adoption
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • COVID-19, discussed
  • Blackmail (theme)
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Need S’More Time by Nellie Wilson

Need S’More Time by Nellie Wilson

June Lehrer needs to shut off her brain for a week to make a huge decision. Having taught middle school through a global pandemic, she is reconsidering the career she spent years working towards just in time to accompany 150 students to their annual retreat at Camp Peek-n-See. The last thing she needs is to make out with the new camp director Colin on the first night of camp, but when have the last three years ever gone according to plan? Tucked away in the aspens, June and Colin find a connection that neither of them expected to burn as bright as it does. But camp is … Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Anxiety & panic attacks
  • COVID-19 pandemic
  • Death of a parent recounted
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Here for the Right Reasons by Jodi McAlister

Here for the Right Reasons by Jodi McAlister

When Cece James agrees to be cast as a ‘Juliet’ on the next season of the hit television show Marry Me Juliet, it’s certainly not for the right reasons. She’s knee-deep in debt and desperate for the associated paycheck. The last thing on her mind is the hunky ‘Romeo’ waiting for her at the end of the gravel driveway. But Dylan Jayasinghe Mellor isn’t your usual fame-hungry TV star. An Olympic gold medallist with calloused hands, kind eyes and a propensity for panic attacks, it turns out he’s not here for the right reasons either. As spokesperson for a men’s mental health foundation, and the franchise’s first non-white male lead… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Racism
  • Foster care system
  • Panic attacks
  • COVID-19 pandemic
  • Poverty
  • Bullying
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Two Scoops Of Hellfire by Kimberly Lemming

Two Scoops Of Hellfire by Kimberly Lemming

It took about two weeks into the pandemic lockdown before I went stark raving mad. In a bold attempt at a new skill, I decided to give baking a try. However, I took to the new venture like a fish to astrophysics and ended up with a battle demon in my kitchen. Figures. Will Kain The Destroyer end my life, or end my everlasting boredom?

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • COVID-19 pandemic
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The Cove by Alice Clark-Platts

The Cove by Alice Clark-Platts

Welcome to Turtle Cove. A luxury resort surrounded by pristine sea and the dense beauty of the jungle, it is the perfect escape from the stresses of life and work. For couples Lou and Adam, Eliza and Noah, a few days spent relaxing on the beach, while their kids are happily distracted, is exactly what they need. But appearances can be deceiving. There’s a strange tension brewing at the resort, with relations between the hotel and the locals threatening to spill over into violence. This is nothing though compared to the strained atmosphere between the two families. They haven’t been friends for long and they are starting to realise they… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Parental abandonment mentioned
  • Child neglect recounted
  • Spousal and parental infidelity mentioned
  • Suicide, on-page
  • Alcohol consumption & abuse, on-page
  • Recreational drug use
  • Minor physical injury including mentions of burns
  • COVID-19 pandemic mentioned (epilogue)
  • Graphic dead bodies
  • Death of a husband
  • Death of a father recounted
  • Death of a mother from suicide by hanging recounted
  • Murder
  • Disappearance of a spouse & child
  • Explosion
  • Gun violence mentioned
  • Fire
  • Animal death mentioned (wild pig, fish)
  • Mentions of cruel animal hunting practices
  • Discussions of loss of business/livelihoods and traditional ways of life due to climate change
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To Be Alone With You by Jodie Slaughter

To Be Alone With You by Jodie Slaughter

A decade ago, Naomi Porter confessed her love to the handsome, enigmatic sculptor her artist mother mentored. Ten years her senior and seemingly uninterested, his rejection sent her reeling…then it sent her running as far away from him as possible. Now, he’s more successful than ever, and she’s a burnt-out personal assistant in desperate need of a vacation. Only, she’s too broke to afford a real one. Her mother’s solution? Calling in a favor from an old friend and getting her daughter a week-long stay in the luxe guesthouse of a gorgeous home in the California desert — all for free. The only drawback is that… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • COVID-19

The Hourglass Throne by KD Edwards

The Hourglass Throne by K.D. Edwards

As Rune Saint John grapples with the challenges of assuming the Sun Throne, a powerful barrier appears around New Atlantis’s famed rejuvenation center. But who could have created such formidable magic . . . what do they want from the immortality clinic . . . and what remains of the dozens trapped inside? Though Rune and his lifelong bodyguard Brand are tasked with investigating the mysterious barrier, Rune is also busy settling into his new life at court. Claiming his father’s throne has irrevocably thrown him into the precarious world of political deception, and he …. Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Rape & sexual assault of a minor recounted
  • Misgendering
  • Suicide bombing
  • COVID-19 pandemic mentioned
  • Blood & gore depiction
  • Vivisepulture (being buried alive) mentioned
  • Kidnapping
  • Animal death

Rez Dogs by Joseph Bruchac

Rez Dogs by Joseph Bruchac

Malian was visiting her grandparents on the reservation when the COVID-19 pandemic started. Now she’s staying there, away from her parents and her school in Boston. Everyone is worried about the pandemic, but on the reservation, everyone protects each other, from Malian caring for her grandparents to the local dog, Malsum, guarding their house. They always survive together.. Malian hears stories from her grandparents about how it has always been this way in their community: Stories about their ancestors, who survived epidemics of European diseases; about her grandfather, who survived a terrible government board… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • COVID-19 pandemic
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