Brave new world
This futuristic novel explores topics of genetic engineering, the nature of human happiness, freedom, and rebellion.
Oliver Twist, or, The parish boy's progress
Dickens's tale of childhood innocence beset by evil depicts the dark criminal underworld of a London peopled by vivid and memorable characters - the arch-villain Fagin, the artful Dodger, the menacing Bill Sikes and the prostitute Nancy.
A novel about one man's desperate struggle to free himself from an all-encompassing, malevolent state.
A novel set in the future when "firemen" burn books forbidden by a totalitarian regime. However, the firemen suddenly discovers that books are more than just paper to be burned.
The scarlet letter
Having been found guilty of adultery, Hester Prynne is forced to wear an embroidered scarlet letter "A" as a punishment for her sin. While her vengeful husband embarks on a quest to discover the identity of her lover, she is left to face the consequences of her actions and cope with the hostility in 17th century Puritan Boston.
Journey to the centre of the earth
Professor Lidenbrock and his nephew Axel travel across Iceland, and then down through an extinct crater towards a sunless sea where they enter a living past and are confronted with the origins of man.
To kill a mockingbird
Harper Lee's classic novel of a lawyer in the deep south defending a black man charged with the rape of a white girl.
In this satire of the Russian Revolution, Mr. Jones's Manor Farm is transformed into Animal Farm, a democratic society proclaiming All Animals Are Created Equal. After totalitarian rule is re-established, the reality becomes But Some Animals Are More Equal Than Others.
Lucy Seward, whose father is the doctor in charge of an English sanitorium, has been attacked by some mysterious illness. Dr. Van Helsing, a specialist, believes that the girl is the victim of a vampire, a sort of ghost that goes about at night sucking blood from its victims. The vampire is at last found to be a certain Count Dracula, whose ghost is at last laid to rest in a striking and novel manner.
The Chyrsalids is set in the future after a devastating global nuclear war. David, the young hero of the novel, lives in a tight-knit community of religious and genetic fundamentalists, always on the alert for any deviation from the norm of God's creation. Anything abnormal, plants, animals or humans must be destroyed. Unless they can escape to the Fringes. When David discovers that he too is not ordinary, he must make some difficult choices.
Wells, H. G.
The war of the worlds
Martians and their terrifying machines invade Earth creating panic and causing mayhem.
Orphaned into the household of her Aunt Reed at Gateshead and subject to the cruel regime at Lowood charity school, Jane Eyre nonetheless emerges unbroken in spirit and integrity. She takes up the post of governess at Thornfield Hall, falls in love with Mr. Rochester, and discovers the impediment to their lawful marriage.
Gaskell, Elizabeth Cleghorn
North and South
Arriving from a rural idyll in the south, Margaret Hale is initially shocked by the social unrest and poverty she finds in her new hometown of Milton. However, as she begins to befriend her neighbors, and her stormy relationship with the mill-owner John Thornton develops, she starts to see Milton in a different light.
Pride and prejudice
A headstrong young woman and her aristocratic suitor must overcome their respective impediments to a happy ending -- his pride must be humbled and her prejudice dissolved.
Slaughterhouse-five, or, The children's crusade
A fourth-generation German-American now living in easy circumstances on Cape Cod (and smoking too much), who, as an American infantry scout prisoner of war, witnessed the fire-bombing of Dresden, Germany, "The Florence of the Elbe," a long time ago, and survived to tell the tale.
Card, Orson Scott.
Andrew "Ender" Wiggin thinks he is playing computer simulated war games at the Battle School; he is, in fact, engaged in something far more desperate. Ender is the most talented result of Earth's desperate quest to create the military genius that the planet needs in its all-out war with an alien enemy. Is Ender the general Earth needs?
Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft
A monster assembled by a scientist from parts of dead bodies develops a mind of his own as he learns to loathe himself and hate his creator.
The adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Huckleberry Finn, Tom Sawyer's best friend, escapes down the Mississippi on a raft with the runaway slave, Jim.