Auckland Libraries: Like The Hunger Games? Try these New Zealand books...

Like The Hunger Games? Try these New Zealand books...

He pai ki a koe The Hunger Games? Tirohia ēnei pukapuka nō Aotearoa…

​New Zealand authors have been writing about post-apocalyptic / near-future worlds for years. Some of these titles star females taking charge, much like Katniss. 

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Spark

Rachael Craw

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First in a series about DNA experiments gone wrong – and the impacts on a ‘normal’ teenaged girl.

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Juno of Taris

Fleur Beale

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First in a trilogy, set in a Pacific Island, after the rest of the world has descended into chaos.

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Genesis

Bernard Beckett

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Controversial and award-winning, this thought-provoking / argument-making gem seems to have been forgotten.

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Outlanders

Margaret Beames

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Is it safe to be isolated in a dome? What is the power of art? A fascinating, but little known, post-apocalyptic New Zealand novel.

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When we wake

Karen Healey

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I wasn’t sure about this book at the beginning, but was hooked by the end – cryonic suspension and a very different life and world.

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Salt

Maurice Gee

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The haves and have-nots – the freed and the enslaved – the tyrant and the tyrannised. All populate Maurice Gee’s award-winning series.

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Bodies and soul

David Hill

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The fear of companies taking over everything is the basis for this creepy story of corporate greed and criminality.

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Rocco

Sherryl Jordan

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An oldie, but a goodie – a story of survival and time-travel. Also check out Secret sacrament and Time of the eagle by the same author.

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Sacrifice

Joanna Orwin

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Sometimes it’s not the damage done by humans that causes catastrophic climate change – sometimes it is nature. This novel was a bit overshadowed by others published at the same time, but is worth rediscovering.

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The sea-wreck stranger

Anna Mackenzie

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First in a series featuring Ness and her family. The sequels are Ebony hill and Finder’s shore.

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Box

Penelope Todd

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Politics and New Zealand’s unique place in the world combine to create a political and action thriller.

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Because we were the travellers

Jack Lasenby

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Ish travels through a country that is, and yet is not, New Zealand. First in the mind-bending Travellers series.

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Annie

LibrarianHelensville Library