The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
By: Robert Louis Stevenson
Of course, the truly impressive part of this story is that it is primarily a story about the monster inside all of us. Oh sure, Jekyll drank a specific potion to transform into Hyde, but the point is that Hyde was always inside of Jekyll from the start, just waiting to be unleashed. This book does so much more than tell a story of a man gone mad, rather it illustrates the dark side of humankind and begs the question, under the right circumstances what are you capable of? What are all of us capable of? Do we all carry a monster inside of us, and if so, can you subdue it?
Read it! Trust me.
We Ate the Children Last
By: Yann Martel
We Ate the Children Last chronicles the downfall of society due to our collective habit of meddling with things that probably shouldn’t be messed with. It proposes the idea that in the future we’ve begun battling ailments such as cancer and the like by replacing portions of our body parts (specifically intestines) with pig parts, as pigs are some of our closest relatives. At first everything seems fine until those people who underwent the procedure begin developing strange appetites for garbage, non-food items, and eventually, flesh. The story is laid out with the typical brilliance that Martel always brings to the table, and is made ever more chilling by the fact that procedures such as the one discussed in the story are not as far away as we might like to think.