People have been curious for decades about how the world might be different if certain events and people in history were than we know. There have been many books, movies, and TV shows about alternate histories.
We’ve gathered a collection of books where the author has imagined what the world would be like if history was different. Read through worlds both similar and completely different from our own. These books give us an interesting perspective on our world and society.
DB 69109 Into the storm by Taylor Anderson
Annotation: World War II. Ordered to escort HMS Exeter, Lieutenant Commander Matthew Reddy captains the damaged vintage WWI destroyer USS Walker as both ships flee Japanese vessels. Retreating, the Walker heads into a squall for cover but exits into a completely different world and war. Violence and some strong language. 2008. World War II. Ordered to escort HMS Exeter, Lieutenant Commander Matthew Reddy captains the damaged vintage WWI destroyer USS Walker as both ships flee Japanese vessels. Retreating, the Walker heads into a squall for cover but exits into a completely different world and war. Violence and some strong language. 2008.
DB 66281 Empire by Orson Scott Card
Annotation: Unknown assailants attack the White House, killing the president and vice president and plunging the American Empire into a second civil war. As Right battles Left, a small group of special ops officers set out to reunite the country and find the saboteurs. Some violence and some strong language. 2006.
DB 70887 Boneshaker by Cherie Priest
Annotation: Alternate 1800s. Inventor Leviticus Blue unleashes a zombie-generating gas and decimates Seattle with his Incredible Bone-Shaking Drill Engine. His son Zeke runs into danger trying to clear his father's name, while Zeke's mother Briar rushes to rescue her son within the city's walls. Some violence and some strong language. 2009.
DB 62919 How few remain by Harry Turtledove
Annotation: An alternate U.S. history preceding the Great War series (DB 53761, DB 53762, DB 54700). In 1881, two decades after the South seceded from the Union, the Confederate States of America annexes key Mexican territories, forcing the United States of America to declare another war. Some violence. 1997.
DB 76478 The man in the high castle by Philip K. Dick
Annotation: The Axis powers have won World War II and jointly occupy the United States. A German faction attempts to warn the Japanese about an impending nuclear attack. A subversive novel and a fortune-telling device guide characters' decisions in this alternate history. Some strong language. Hugo Award. Commercial audiobook. 1962.
DB 84766 A man lies dreaming by Lavie Tidhar
Annotation: Alternate history in which the Nazi party lost the 1933 German elections to the Communists. Hitler has fled to England, where he reinvents himself as a private detective named Wolf. A wealthy Jewish socialite hires him to find her missing sister. Strong language and some descriptions of sex. 2014.
DB 87670 Arabella of Mars by David D. Levine
Annotation: A century after mankind first flew ships to Mars in the late 1600s, young Arabella Ashby lives on a plantation in the flourishing British colony on the Martian frontier. To remedy Arabella's wild nature, her mother sends her to the exotic city of London. Contains some violence. Commercial audiobook. 2016.
DB 95227 Machines like me by Ian McEwan
Annotation: In an alternate 1980s London, synthetic humans have begun to come on the market. Charlie buys one named Adam and co-designs Adam's personality with the help of the object of his unrequited affection, Miranda. A love triangle soon forms and presents moral dilemmas. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2019.
DB 92322 The trial and execution of the traitor George Washington by Charles B. Rosenberg
Annotation: A British special agent kidnaps George Washington in 1780 and takes him to London to await trial. Washington chooses Abraham Hobhouse, an American, to represent him. Hobhouse hopes a settlement of the revolution will secure Washington's release, but he soon realizes he is all that prevents Washington from hanging. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. Bestseller. 2018.
DB 88947 Darwinia by Robert Charles Wilson
Annotation: In an alternate 1912, an event known as the Miracle replaces the old world of Europe with Darwinia, a strange land of nightmarish jungle and antediluvian monsters. Young Guilford Law travels to Darwinia on a mission of discovery and exploration. Contains strong language and some violence. Commercial audiobook. 1998.