Book Lists: Conspiracy Theories
There are so many odd conspiracy theories in our world: The Royal Family are lizards. The moon landing was faked. Avril Lavigne is dead. The Illuminati controls us all. We’re in a simulation.
Regardless on whether or not you believe this, even if they are a bit outlandish to me, I think we can all appreciate books where conspiracy theories control the thrilling, fast-paced plot.
- The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
Average Goodreads Rating: 3.88
Symbologist Langdon and cryptologist Sophie sort through codes hidden in Da Vinci’s works, following the death of a curator. They have to solve the riddles before the secret society after them does.
- 1984 by George Orwell
Genre: Science Fiction Dystopia
Average Goodreads Rating: 4.19
This book is Orwell’s vision of what might happen in the future if his world continued on his way. The government controls all, big brother is watching, you cannot show any hint of disagreement.
- The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson, Reg Keeland
Average Goodreads Rating: 4.15
Wealthy Harriet Vanger disappeared years ago. Forty years later, her uncle is still searching. He hires Mikael, a journalist, to investigate, and is also aided by a tattooed prodigy, Lisbeth. Together, they uncover dark secrets and corruption they never thought they’d find.
- Dogs of Orninica by Daniel Unedo
Genre: Social Satire
Average Goodreads Rating: 3.76
Millenia ago, humans left earth but the canines stayed, evolving into a great species and forming their nation, Orninica. They wear high-tech headsets that advertise to them in their dreams, and worship Batman comics. Their economy, though, is dying. In hopes of stimulating it, the leaders make a last-ditch effort at starting a war, but their only enemy is savage nomads. They must make a plan to arm and strategize them so they can prolong the fight. This hilarious novel is a satirical cautionary tale. Or, tail haha.
- Luminous by E. Bell
Genre: Science Fiction
Average Goodreads Rating: 2.62
In 2049, 16-year-old Lucia Carboni is part of the Ascended Ones. Their mission is to depopulate the world and enslave the survivors, ensuring a new world order. Lucia is sent undercover to a public school where she unexpectedly befriends the people her cult will destroy. Lucia is immune to the brainwashing techniques of her cult but she still feels some loyalties to those that raised her. Now, she’s tied between them and her new friends. Lucia decides to escape Ground Zero and find her mother as well as the proof of her cult’s plans.
- The Trial by Franz Kafka
Genre: Literature, Philosophy
Average Goodreads Rating: 3.95
Josef K never finds out why he’s arrested. He’s futile efforts to find truth and unlock the conspiracy theories point a bleak face to our world in totalitarian regimes.
- Deep State by Jack Slater
Average Goodreads Rating: 4.36
Jason Trapp is the CIA’s lethal operative with a deep moral sense of right and wrong. But someone crossed him. Trapp’s partner’s body is found but he never is. Months later, terrorist attacks rampage the nation. Trapp knows it’s not his job to care anymore. But he can’t help it. And when he discovers that his own betrayal was part of a vast conspiracy theory, he vows revenge.
- November Road by Lou Berney
Genre: Historical Fiction, Thriller
Average Goodreads Rating: 3.85
Frank Guidry is a faithful lieutenant to mob boss Carlo Marcello. He knows everyone is expendable. Including him. Frank knows too much about JFK’s assassination. Within hours of the murder, everyone with ties to Marcello is winding up dead. Scared for his life, Frank runs to Las Vegas and meets with a dangerous associate who hates Marcello enough to help Frank out. Frank is on the run with a housewife and kids who are also escaping a deadly past. Here we have a classic American story: strangers on the open road west.