Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is: Top Ten Most Unique Books I’ve Read. Here are my picks, in no particular order:
1. Project CAIN by Geoffrey Girard – The premise of Project CAIN is as intriguing as it is chilling – a teenage boy finds out that he is actually a genetic experiment, the clone of the infamous serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer. Girard’s novel explores the question of nature versus nurture and whether man is slave to his DNA or capable of choosing his own path.
2. Every Day by David Levithan – Every Day is the story of of A, a being of indeterminate gender who wakes up each morning in a different body. A is forced to live out each day in the life of a stranger before going to bed and waking up the next day as someone new. It’s fascinating to see the world through the eyes of someone who can literally only live one day at a time, especially when each of those days is viewed through the lens of a different person’s experience.
3. This is Not a Test by Courtney Summers – This is Not a Test is brilliant in that it’s a survival story about a girl who doesn’t want to survive, a zombie novel that’s not really about zombies. The zombie apocalypse is really just a backdrop for the true crisis of the story: the fact that the narrator has been betrayed by her older sister, the only person she really loves. (Read my review of This is Not a Test)
4. The Girls by Lori Lansens – Written from the alternating points of view of conjoined twins Ruby and Rose, The Girls is a strange yet beautiful story about two girls who are never truly alone, for better or worse. If you’ve never really thought about the implications – logistically, emotionally, and relationally – of spending your entire life connected to another person, The Girls might just make your brain implode.
5. Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma – If you would have told me I’d ever count a book about incest among my favorite novels, I would have laughed in your face. Yet that’s exactly what happened with Forbidden. Suzuma’s ability to make readers look at love in a completely unexpected way is astonishing.
6. The Storyteller by Antonia Michaelis – I’m so obsessed with this book – and was so completely surprised by it – that I actually don’t think I can share any details without giving away too much and ruining the plot. So just trust me on this one: it’s going to blow your mind.
7. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness – A Monster Calls is a powerful, heartbreaking novel that takes a unique look at illness and grief and shows just how isolating and destructive loss can be, especially for a child. (Read my review of A Monster Calls)
8. Stolen by Lucy Christopher – Stolen is written as a letter from a teenage girl to the man who has kidnapped her, a form I find intriguing. Incidentally, this is one of my sister’s favorite books; she stole my copy so frequently that I finally gave in and gifted it to her for Christmas.
9. Teeth by Hannah Moskowitz – Teeth is one of the strangest books I’ve ever read – in a good way. I don’t want to share spoilers, but suffice it to say that if you’d given me a rundown of the plot before I’d read the book, I would have told you this story would never work. And yet, somehow, it does. Because Hannah Moskowitz is a genius.
10. The Opportunist by Tarryn Fisher – I always thought the only way I could enjoy a novel was if it had a likable protagonist, but Tarryn Fisher proved me wrong. Olivia, the narrator in The Opportunist, is a cold, calculating bitch, but there’s something about her that makes it impossible to stop reading her story, even when she’s being a manipulative little weasel.
What about you – what are the most unique books you’ve read? Let me know in the comments section below!