I mentioned last month that I am a recent convert to comic reading. I have begun to really enjoy them. I think that has something to do with some of the fiction that I read and enjoy. Here are four books that I think you’d enjoy reading if you’re a fan of comics…
Steelheart, Brandon Sanderson
In a world where Epics, or Heroes, are actually the bad guy and use their powers to do wrong, the Reckoners are out to stop them. Honestly, this book should be made into a comic because it fits the bill so perfectly. I’d love to see this story drawn out in all it’s action packed glory.
Nobody fights the Epics…nobody but the Reckoners. A shadowy group of ordinary humans, they spend their lives studying Epics, finding their weaknesses, and then assassinating them. And David wants in. He wants Steelheart — the Epic who is said to be invincible. The Epic who killed David’s father. He’s seen Steelheart bleed. And he wants revenge.
Vicious, Victoria Schwab
What if you died…but got a second chance? What if you died but came back to life? What if you died but came back to life with superhuman powers? What would you do with those powers? It’s been a trip to see two guys who started out as best friends, who completely understood each other, turn complete enemy.
Victor and Eli started out as college roommates—brilliant, arrogant, lonely boys who recognized the same sharpness and ambition in each other. In their senior year, a shared research interest in adrenaline, near-death experiences, and seemingly supernatural events reveals an intriguing possibility: that under the right conditions, someone could develop extraordinary abilities. But when their thesis moves from the academic to the experimental, things go horribly wrong.
Insignia, S.J. Kincaid
I’m actually on to the second one in this series (Vortex) and interested to see how Tom is going to crawl out of the hole he’s created for himself. He’s been a screw off since day one but I still think he has the potential to do something great. Can you imagine fighting WWIII using virtual war games rather than fighting face to face?
The planet’s natural resources are almost gone, and war is being fought to control the assets of the solar system. The enemy is winning. The salvation may be Tom Raines. Tom doesn’t seem like a hero. He’s a short fourteen-year-old with bad skin. But he has the virtual-reality gaming skills that make him a phenom behind the controls of the battle drones.
Ready Player One, Ernest Cline
I can’t even tell you how much fun I had reading this book. It’s gamer knowledge heavy but that didn’t slow me down. Following Wade through every test, reading how he puzzled it out and found clues, and then seeing him actually pass and move on to the next big test had me on the edge of my seat. Stephen Spielberg is taking this to the big screen. But don’t hold your breath because it won’t be happening until 2018. I really hope it comes through because it’s going to be awesome.
In the year 2044, reality is an ugly place. The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he’s jacked into the virtual utopia known as the OASIS. Wade’s devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within this world’s digital confines, puzzles that are based on their creator’s obsession with the pop culture of decades past and that promise massive power and fortune to whoever can unlock them. When Wade stumbles upon the first clue, he finds himself beset by players willing to kill to take this ultimate prize. The race is on, and if Wade’s going to survive, he’ll have to win—and confront the real world he’s always been so desperate to escape.
Are you a comic reader? Do you like any of these books and think they’d make you curious to read a comic?