Dark Matter (2016)
According to NPR, this book is a “whole bag of barbecue chips.” It is (or your particular chip of choice). The science-fiction/thriller plotting makes the book hard to put down. The existential implications about our identities, our decisions, and the questions of whether we truly ever can know ourselves make the book deeply unsettling. Science is astounding, but in human hands, it also has a dark side.
The Underground Railroad (2016)
Whitehead is no stranger to the horror genre. He wrote the zombie novel Zone One. Now he has won the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award with his latest literary work. During our haunted house series, we talked about how American history has wounds that refuse to be ignored and often remain open in our supernatural literature and at our haunted historical landmarks. In The Underground Railroad, readers face the horrific history of slavery and the courage, hope, humanity, and dangers of the book title’s escape network to the North. Whitehead represents the railroad with an actual subterranean train that crisscrosses America, lending a speculative element to the historical fiction with its haunted characters.