Reading Lists: Adults

Elysium delivers high octane action; multicultural identities of North and Latin America; and a protest against corruption, injustice, poverty and oppression, all made more watchable with a love interest and an unintentional cyber hero. Here are books and movies that share dystopian imaginings, rage against the machine, and Anglo and Latin cultures and characters.

The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert is a sweeping saga that covers several centuries, linking fascinating places and recounting stories form several points of view.  Here are more historical novels that include one or more of these elements: family sagas, science and nature, and memorable places and people.

Fans of Break Bad found themselves cheering for a character who delved deeper and deeper into a dangerous world and who morphed from a soft-spoken high school teacher into a ruthless killer.  Here are some titles that take an unflinching look at the darker side of existence.