Share 8 Books You’ll Want to Read If You’re a Fan of “Westworld”

8 Books You’ll Want to Read If You’re a Fan of “Westworld”

Raised in London, Elizabeth Breeden graduated with a degree in English from Smith College in 2013. When not reading six different novels at once she can be found Instagramming artisanal pastries and working in the marketing department of Simon & Schuster. Follow her on Twitter @eliz_breeden.  

You know the feeling—the screen fades to black, credits start rolling, the theme music crescendos, and you immediately experience that sinking feeling of knowing you don’t have one more episode left. If you were sucked into HBO’s recent sci-fi thriller “Westworld,” set in a high-tech amusement park that promises to satisfy guests’ wildest dreams in a Wild West landscape filled with human androids, you may find yourself missing the cowboy shootouts, the tinkering with artificial intelligence, and the story’s multiple timeline jumps. What you need now is something to binge-read while waiting for season 2, and we have the perfect TBR list.


Jurassic Park
by Michael Crichton
After Michael Crichton’s 1973 Western sci-fi thriller film, “Westworld” (the inspiration behind HBO’s series), was a commercial success, he was inspired to use the best themes from his script in a new novel. The result is another thrilling escapist adventure set in a high-concept amusement-park-meets-scientific-experiment where malfunctioning technology leads to danger, devastation, and a lot of dinosaurs on the loose.
Jurassic Park
Michael Crichton

If you’ve never read the novel that spawned the film franchise, here’s the place to start; it differs in many ways from the film, so reading this is like experiencing an entirely new Jurassic Park adventure.

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Lonesome Dove
by Larry McMurtry
Dreaming of the wide vistas, dusty gallops through the desert, and clapboard towns of the wild west? Look to Larry McMurty’s Pulitzer Prize–winning epic, LONESOME DOVE, a historical mythic novel chronicling 19th-century retired Texas Rangers herding cattle through a Texas border town on the American frontier.
Lonesome Dove
Larry McMurtry

A love story, an adventure, and an epic of the frontier, this Pulitzer Prize— winning classic is the grandest novel ever written about the last defiant wilderness of America. Journey to the dusty little Texas town of Lonesome Dove and meet an unforgettable assortment of heroes and outlaws, whores and ladies, Indians and settlers. Richly authentic, beautifully written, always dramatic this is a book to that will make you laugh, weep, and dream.

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Never Let Me Go
by Kazuo Ishiguro
Kazuo Ishiguro’s novel NEVER LET ME GO is a gorgeously written story that follows three individuals who bond during their time at a specialized boarding school in England. But when they inevitably find out that they are clones being raised for future organ donation, they realize they may never be allowed to experience the full range of human life. Like “Westworld,” NEVER LET ME GO questions whether humanity is linked to mortality or simply the awareness and acceptance of your existence.
Never Let Me Go
Kazuo Ishiguro

The students of Hailsham are special. That’s what they’ve been told. Isolated from the outside world, they’re raised from birth as “donors,” their bodily organs harvested for wealthy patrons. But this is no schlocky sci-fi; it’s a gently observed drama. Existential, painful, and unforgettable, NEVER LET ME GO explores how even the most disenfranchised and doomed characters find meaning, hope, and love, even as they resign themselves to a life cut horribly short.

Crazy like: You’d be too.

Best crazy moment: The whole damn book.

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The Circle
by Dave Eggers
Drawn into “Westworld’s” supercomputers, underground control rooms, and sleek futuristic gadgets? Grab THE CIRCLE, Dave Eggers’s 2013 novel about a high-tech company whose devices, social networks, and surveillance entice a new young employee, Mae Holland. But as she is absorbed further and further into its world she begins to wonder who exactly is in control.

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The Thorn Birds
by Colleen McCullough
If you were enchanted by Teddy and Dolores’s romantic arc and star-crossed love story, you have to check out the dramatically epic THE THORN BIRDS by Colleen McCullough. This sweeping romantic saga is set in the Australian outback and highlights the greatest struggles of the heart between faith, family, the land, and love. If you’re looking to escape into another dusty rural landscape whose wildness mirrors “Westworld’s” tumultuous emotions, THE THORN BIRDS is here for you.
The Thorn Birds
Colleen McCullough

A sweeping love story, Colleen McCullough’s classic spans 3 generations in the Australian Outback. Meggie grows up on her family’s sheep ranch and falls in love with Father Ralph de Bricassart. But can their forbidden love survive years of familial rivalries, tragic deaths, selfish ambitions, and hurtful lies? . . . Page Count: 692

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Cloud Atlas
by David Mitchell
CLOUD ATLAS will satisfy the itch left behind by “Westworld’s” ability to seamlessly weave philosophical questioning and multiple timelines into a puzzle-like narrative. These nested stories—each intertwining and connected to the others—are executed in a virtuoso fashion that will leave you flipping back and forth wondering how David Mitchell did it. Sound familiar?
Cloud Atlas
David Mitchell

In a narrative that traverses centuries and space, David Mitchell reveals how his disparate characters connect, how their fates intertwine, and how their souls drift across time like clouds across the sky. It is a daring exploration of reality and identity.

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The Windup Girl
by Paolo Bacigalupi

In 23rd century Thailand, Emiko is one of the “New People”—beings engineered for the uses of others who are treated as toys by some and slaves by others, and are even regarded as soulless devils of new technology. But Emiko may hold a secret to the future of a world where bio-engineering has almost wiped out natural existence. THE WINDUP GIRL gets at the heart of many of “Westworld’s” android desires: people—even artificially created beings—just want to live in peace.

The Windup Girl
Paolo Bacigalupi

In 23rd century Thailand, Emiko is one of the “New People”—beings engineered for the uses of others who are treated as toys by some and slaves by others, and are even regarded as soulless devils of new technology. But Emiko may hold a secret to the future of a world where bio-engineering has almost wiped out natural existence. THE WINDUP GIRL gets at the heart of many of “Westworld’s” android desires: people—even artificially created beings—just want to live in peace.

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The Sisters Brothers
by Patrick deWitt

THE SISTERS BROTHERS follows brothers Eli and Charlie Sisters, two 19th-century hit men on the American frontier whose picaresque adventures traveling from Oregon to California are equal parts poignant, hilarious, and unforgettable. Like “Westworld,” the story presents a slightly off-kilter image of the Wild West that leaves you wondering whether the search for adventure is worth the price you pay to find it.

The Sisters Brothers
Patrick deWitt

THE SISTERS BROTHERS follows brothers Eli and Charlie Sisters, two 19th-century hit men on the American frontier whose picaresque adventures traveling from Oregon to California are equal parts poignant, hilarious, and unforgettable. Like “Westworld,” the story presents a slightly off-kilter image of the Wild West that leaves you wondering whether the search for adventure is worth the price you pay to find it.

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