Pirates & Rebels & Other Outliers

Last week, I’ve started watching Black Sails on Netflix. The series is sort of a prequel to the Treasure Island story by Robert Louis Stevenson. This means: pirates. I definitely do like me some pirates. Yet strangely, I haven’t read many books about pirates. Still, pirates are rebels, and we all like a good rebel, right? So I thought I’d recommend you some good books about rebels from all walks of life!

This one goes out to all the people with a blatant disregard for authority. (I’m not one of you, I’m a rule-follower to a fault, but I definitely appreciate your stories.)

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1. Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
Gotta start with the obvious one, right? This classic has served as inspiration for pirate stories for a long time, and rightly so. It took me a couple of tries to really get started, but in the end it was a good read. I gave it 3/5 stars, and should probably reread this sometime soon. Plus, I mean: pirates. Actual pirates.

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2. Uglies by Scott Westerfeld 
“Oh look, another dystopian Young Adult with a spunky heroine and a ~cool~ love interest and a questionable government” I hear you say. “No, please, read this brilliant commentary on our ever-increasing obsession with beauty, body modification, plastic surgery and control over literally everything. PLEASE.” As long as you ignore the 4th book, that is. Extras doesn’t exist. Trust me.

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3. The Martian by Andy Weir
SPACE PIRATE MARK WATNEY. That’s all. Okay, so maybe this isn’t technically about a rebel but about a survivor, but it’s still a very good story and Watney definitely has a lot of rebellious streaks.

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4. 1984 by George Orwell 
Not just a great prediction of the surveillance state (that we’re still diving into headfirst), but also just a really interesting and captivating story. There’s a reason other than “great political commentary” that made this book a famous classic, and that reason is not that it spawned the real-life series of Big Brother. It’s genuinely a good story about a rebel within a controlled mega-state. But also, yes, it will definitely make you look differently at a show like Big Brother.

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