1. Red Storm Rising by Tom Clancy
    A very interesting story that shows both sides of a war and the technology of the time. A non Jack Ryan book that was so detailed and researched that many of its plot points actually were shown to be true in the Gulf War.
  2. Lord of the Flies by William Golding
    A great account of human nature and the brutality that we can inflict on each other. It's horrifying but yet very gripping.
  3. The Last Ship by William Brinkley
    Again, a look into human nature after the nuclear holocaust. The crew of a US Navy destroyer struggle to survive each other and the danger outside. It shows the good and bad of humans in a crisis and how honor and duty come into play.
  4. World War Z by Max Brooks
    Maybe the best account of zombies in any form, it also covers so much else. The good and horrible things that humans do to each other at the end of the world, how our technology can fail us and how stubbornness of the military and our society can lead to our near extinction in an event like in the book. It critiques our society and gives a great zombie story simultaneously
  5. The Power of 5 Series by Anthony Horowitz
    Teenagers gifted with powers to stop ancient demons. It portrays how greed can cause people to give up their humanity and how no matter how old a person is, they can still fight for the right thing.
  6. Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton
    A great warning on how if we over step our reach with technology and try to play god, it can destroy us.
  7. American Terrorist by Lou Michel
    A unique book that shows the whole life of a domestic terrorist and how he was turned into the terrorist he became.