$2.99 End-of-the-World eBooks

Google Play is currently having a $2.99 sale on “end-of-the-world reads.” Since I’ve read several of them, here are my recommendations:

Recommended:

Station Eleven
A flu pandemic almost wipes out all of the world’s population. [Review]
Ready Player One
The key to a vast fortune is hidden within an MMO virtual reality simulation. [Review]

Brave New World
An “ideal” society has been created through genetic engineering and brainwashing.
Feed
Network devices implanted in the brains of American consumers are exploited by corporations.
The Handmaid's Tale
Women are subjugated in a totalitarian Christian theocracy. [Review]
1984
The government uses surveillance and propaganda to eliminate independent thinking.

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
Humanoid androids are also practically indistinguishable from humans. [Review]
The Giver
A community has eliminated emotion, color, and memory in order to eliminate pain. [Review]
 

Not recommended:

Atlas Shrugged
Aggressive regulations cause vital industries to collapse.
Lord of the Flies
A group of boys on an uninhabited island try to govern themselves.

New eBook Deals at Amazon

This week, Amazon launched two new programs that offer Kindle eBooks at a discount. They’re available to all Amazon users — not just Kindle owners.

Kindle First

Kindle First offers four select books each month that are due to be released in the following month. Readers can then purchase one of the four books, giving them early access to it. You also get to keep the book permanently. The books are free for Prime members and $1.99 for non-Prime members.

Kindle First

Kindle Countdown Deals

Amazon already has Daily Deals and Monthly Deals for Kindle books and its new Countdown Deals offers another time-sensitive way of getting deals on eBooks. Authors and publishers can set promotional deals on their books to last anywhere from hours to days. A notification on the book’s product page lets the buyer know how much time is left on the countdown deal.

Kindle Countdown Deals