Welcome to the Austin Public Library’s Battle for Survival, where 16 books will battle it out in a sudden-death-cage-match fight in order to be crowned Ultimate Champion of all matters concerning surviving zombie apocalypses, dystopian nightmares, and regular real-life struggles. Librarians love to spend their free time debating the worthiness of books and now you can too!
How were the books chosen?
Books were chosen by a committee of librarians to reflect the diversity of literature held within the Austin Public Library’s book collection. We attempted to find a variety of classic, contemporary, interesting novels that hold at their center the idea of survival. These titles were then randomly assigned brackets and the competition began.
Who are the judges?
All judges are staff members at Austin Public Library and our friendly neighbor to the south Bee Cave Public Library. We are avid readers and lovers of literature. We hope you will read along and enjoy yourselves as much as we did.
What will the winning book receive?
Hopefully lots of hold requests! Please find a book list below featuring all of our titles.
How will this work?
Each day, we will post 2 book battle blog posts. Titles that win each battle will advance to the next round. This will continue until our final championship battle on Monday October 25. Why will a certain title win its round? There wasn't a specific set of criteria we used. Sometimes it was easy to pick, with the reader having a clear preference based on quality of writing, interest, or enjoyment. Sometimes the reader enjoyed both and had to find a reason to pick one title over the other! You'll just have to read along and discover the reasons as bloggers post their battles day by day!
Please tune in Monday as we begin the Battle for Survival with our Round 1 - Match 1: Grasshopper Jungle vs Flight.
Round 1 - Match 2: Kindred vs. Room
Round 1 - Match 3: Lord of the Flies vs. The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up
Round 1 - Match 4: The Forest of Hands and Teeth vs. Robopocolypse
Round 1 - Match 5: Life of Pi vs. Battle Royale
Round 1 - Match 6: The Game of Love and Death vs. Life After Life
Round 1 - Match 7: Ready Player One vs. All the Light We Cannot See
Round 1 - Match 8: Unwind vs. The Girl on the Train
Round 2 - Match 1: Grasshopper Jungle Vs. Room
Round 2 - Match 2: Lord of the Flies vs. Robopocalypse
Round 2 - Match 4: Ready Player One vs. Unwind
Semifinals - Match 1: Room vs. Lord of the Flies
Semifinals - Match 2: Life of Pi vs. Ready Player One
Championship: Ready Player One vs. Room