Black Mirror, for those of you latecomers, might be one of the most thought-provoking and possibly, prophetic shows on Netflix. It’s a British anthology series, which diverges into various scenarios featuring different characters in each episode. Each one is like a mini-movie that follows humanity and our interactions with technology. Most, for me, act as warnings of what could happen if we aren’t careful in this ever-changing, technology-driven world. If you love Black Mirror, or think you would, and can’t wait for season 4, here are some books to read to fill the void.
1) The Status of All Things by Liz Fenton & Lisa Steinke
Kate’s fiancé just broke things off over dinner and she goes straight to Facebook to rant about her problems. But when her life starts to mirror what she writes on Facebook, Kate realizes that her statuses can rewrite history.
2) Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood
Humanity has been overwhelmed by a plague and Jimmy may be the very last human on Earth. As he mourns the loss of his best friend, Crake, and the love of his life, Oryx, he must go on a journey as corporations have put humans through a genetically engineered ride.
3) The Circle by Dave Eggers
Mae Holland has been hired by the world’s most powerful internet company, the Circle, and is enjoying every perk that the office has. From parties, to overnight lodgings, the Circle is everything Mae could have hoped for and she can’t believe her luck. But there’s something not right, something’s off, and Mae doesn’t quite know what.
4) Version Control by Dexter Palmer
Rebecca met her husband on the internet dating site that she currently works for. She spends her days in customer support and finds a way to cope with her depression and grief from a personal tragedy years ago. Rebecca’s feeling that something’s off everytime she walks into the room and her husband has a ‘time machine’ he’s working on. Version Control is sure to propel you into the possible future.
5) More Than This by Patrick Ness
A boy drowns and dies, but wakes up – alive, and experiences things he can’t understand. Is it the afterlife or something else?
6) Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
Kathy, Ruth, and Tommy were all students in the English countryside where their teachers were constantly telling them how special they were. Now that they are adults and have reunited, the three are trying to figure out what exactly makes them so special.
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