Corsairs: Straik by Ruby Dixon

Corsairs: Straik by Ruby Dixon

What’s worse than finding a lost ship full of stolen humans? It’s finding out that your family is responsible. This is a wrong I have to somehow right, so I take off to find answers…and discover one of those kidnapped humans has stowed away on my ship. She’s furious that I’ve deserted her friends. She’s determined to make me pay. Ruth swears vengeance and won’t be satisfied until she sees me destroyed. It’s a battle of wills I’m determined to win. Instead of breaking Ruth, I find that I’ll do just about anything to get her to kiss me again. Now…who’s bending who?

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Slavery & sex slavery
  • Torture, including food & water deprivation
  • Kidnapping & captivity
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The Rain by Virginia Bergin

The Rain by Virginia Bergin

Also known as H2O.

They don’t believe it at first. Crowded in Zach’s kitchen, Ruby and the rest of the partygoers laugh at Zach’s parents’ frenzied push to get them all inside as it starts to drizzle. But then the radio comes on with the warning, “It’s in the rain! It’s fatal, it’s contagious, and there’s no cure.” Two weeks later, Ruby is alone. Anyone who’s been touched by rain or washed their hands with tap water is dead. The only drinkable water is quickly running out. Ruby’s only chance for survival is a treacherous hike across the country to find her father-if he’s even still alive. 

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Global pandemic
  • Food & water scarcity
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In the Heart of the Sea by Nathaniel Philbrick

In the Heart of the Sea by Nathaniel Philbrick

In 1820, the 240-ton Essex set sail from Nantucket on a routine voyage for whales. Fifteen months later, in the farthest reaches of the South Pacific, it was repeatedly rammed and sunk by an eighty-ton bull sperm whale. Its twenty-man crew, fearing cannibals on the islands to the west, made for the 3,000-mile-distant coast of South America in three tiny boats. During ninety days at sea under horrendous conditions, the survivors clung to life as one by one, they succumbed to hunger, thirst, disease, and fear… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Racism
  • Cannibalism
  • Starvation & dehydration
  • Whale hunting & butchering
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How to Talk About Climate Change in a Way That Makes a Difference by Rebecca Huntley

How to Talk About Climate Change in a Way That Makes a Difference by Rebecca Huntley

Why is it so hard to talk about climate change? While scientists double down on the shocking figures, we still find ourselves unable to discuss climate change meaningfully among friends and neighbours – or even to grapple with it ourselves.

The key to progress on climate change is in the psychology of human attitudes and our ability to change. Whether you’re already alarmed and engaged with the issue, concerned but disengaged, a passive skeptic or an active denier, understanding our emotional reactions to climate change – why it makes us anxious, fearful, angry or detached – is critical to coping on an individual level and convincing each other to act.

This book is about understanding why people… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Child sexual abuse mentioned
  • Eco-anxiety & climate depression discussed
  • Suicide mentioned
  • Displacement and loss of property & land discussed
  • Food insecurity & water scarcity discussed
  • Poverty discussed
  • Natural disasters, including hurricanes, drought, bushfire, & floods, discussed at length
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Gerald’s Game by Stephen King

Gerald’s Game by Stephen King

Jessie is trapped: during an ill-fated S&M game, she kicks her husband and induces a fatal coronary. She is handcuffed to the bed in a lakeside cabin in the middle of nowhere, with no means of escape. Voices in her head force her to confront a buried childhood trauma.

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Fatmisia & body shaming
  • Attempted martial rape, on-page
  • Paedophilia & incestuous child sexual assault (father-daughter)
  • Hallucinations, delusions & intrusive thoughts
  • Dehydration
  • Blood & gore depiction
  • Physical injury
  • Death of a husband from a heart attack
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Oasis by Katya de Becerra

Oasis by Katya de Becerra

The oasis saved them. But who will save them from the oasis?

Alif had exciting summer plans: working on her father’s archaeological dig site in the desert with four close friends . . . and a very cute research assistant. Then the sandstorm hit.

With their camp wiped away, Alif and the others find themselves lost on the sands, seemingly doomed . . . until they find the oasis. It has everything they need: food, water, shade—and mysterious ruins that hide a deadly secret. As reality begins to shift around them, they question what’s real and what’s a mirage… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Racism mentioned
  • Smoking
  • Dehydration
  • Blood & physical injuries
  • Medical treatment & procedures
  • Seizures mentioned
  • Hospitalisation
  • Death from impalement
  • Bullying mentioned
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Cress by Marissa Meyer

Cress by Marissa Meyer

Cinder and Captain Thorne are fugitives on the run, with Scarlet and Wolf in tow. Together they’re plotting to overthrow Queen Levana and her army. Their best hope lies with Cress, who has been trapped on a satellite since childhood with only her netscreens as company. All that screen time has made Cress an excellent hacker; unfortunately, she’s just received orders from Levana to track down Cinder and her handsome accomplice.

When a daring rescue goes awry, the group is separated. Cress finally has her freedom, but it comes at a high price. Meanwhile, Queen Levana will let nothing stop her marriage to Emperor Kai. Cress, Scarlet, and Cinder may not have signed up to save the world, but they may be the only ones who can.

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Hallucinations
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Forced adoption recounted
  • Pandemic
  • Blood & physical injury depiction
  • Loss of vision
  • Near-death from dehydration
  • Medical experimentation
  • Torture
  • Gun violence
  • Plane crash
  • Kidnapping
  • War themes
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The Evertree by Marie Lu

The Evertree by Marie Lu

Conor, Abeke, Meilin, and Rollan were once ordinary kids. Then they discovered that they had spirit animals-wise and powerful partners who granted them with amazing gifts . . . and a legendary responsibility.

Together, the team has journeyed across Erdas, racing to stop a merciless foe. They have laughed and fought together. They’ve won challenges and lost friends. Some have even lost themselves.

Now that journey is about to end. They must reach a place forgotten by time and face off against an ancient enemy breaking free from his prison. They have just one chance to stop him . . . or the whole world will shatter.

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Near-death experience from dehydration
  • Shipwreck
  • Earthquakes
  • Animal death
  • Animal injury & illness
  • Animal attack
  • War themes & battle scenes
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Not a Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis

Not a Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis

Not a Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis book cover

Lynn knows every threat to her pond: drought, a snowless winter, coyotes, and, most importantly, people looking for a drink. She makes sure anyone who comes near the pond leaves thirsty, or doesn’t leave at all.

Confident in her own abilities, Lynn has no use for the world beyond the nearby fields and forest. Having a life means dedicating it to survival, and the constant work of gathering wood and water. Having a pond requires the fortitude to protect it, something…. Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Ableism
  • Rape & attempted rape recounted
  • Forced sex work, off-page
  • Child abuse
  • Intimate partner violence recounted
  • Suicide, on-page
  • Suicidal ideation
  • Pregnancy & childbirth, on-page
  • Stillbirth, on-page
  • Blood & gore depiction, including dead bodies
  • Graphic physical injuries & illness, including cholera, seizures, and fever
  • Field surgery
  • Syringes and needles
  • Grief & loss depiction
  • Death of a mother & father
  • Death of a brother
  • Murder & attempted murder
  • Gun & knife violence
  • Torture
  • Kidnapping & hostage situation
  • Blackmail
  • Fire
  • Drought
  • Death from starvation & dehydration
  • Death from exposure
  • Military deployment recounted
  • Animal death & death of a pet, on-page
  • Animal cruelty
  • Hunting & animal dead bodies
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