If you’re like the other lost avid readers of the Hunger Games series you’re probably asking yourself, ‘What now??’. Everyone I know over indulged in the popular series within days and now have no idea what to try out next. I shocked a lot of people when they would ask me if I have read the Hunger Games series. It was only recently (about a month ago) that I actually picked up the first book from the series. This is crazy to some people since they know I:
a) Work at a book store
b) Host the YA book club at my book store
I have a good explanation why I waited so long before reading the highly anticpated series. At my store, everyone was nattering on about Hunger Games this and that. This was about 2 Summers ago when Mockingjay came out. I decided to go a different route and read new YA fiction instead. I have read many YA fiction similar to The Hunger Games series. I’m going to go through a few novels that will help you avoid re-reading The Hunger Games and possibly fall in love with something new.
1. The Maze Runner – James Dashner
We are introduced to Thomas who wakes up in a lift only able to remember his first name and with his memory blank. When the lift’s doors open, Thomas finds himself surrounded by kids who welcome him to the Glade—a large, open expanse surrounded by stone walls. Just like Thomas, the Gladers don’t know why or how they got to the Glade. All they know is that every morning the stone doors to the maze that surrounds them have opened. Every night they’ve closed tight. And every 30 days a new boy has been delivered in the lift. Thomas was expected. But the next day, a girl is sent up—the first girl to ever arrive in the Glade. And more surprising yet is the message she delivers.
I absolutely love this series. If you’re familiar with these novels you might be saying, ‘whaa.. this isn’t a series’. Last fall, after the release of The Death Cure it was announced that James Dashner would be writing a prequel to the first book of the series titled, The Kill Order. There also been major rumours that it is next in line to be turned into a major motion picture.
2. Divergent – Veronica Roth
The novel opens with 16 year old Beatrice Prior who lives in a futuristic Chicago with her family. A futuristic Chicago that divides its society by 5 different factions. Each faction holds its own values and beliefs that must be upheld by those who reside in the faction’s district. At the age of 16 all males and females are put through a series of aptitude tests to determine which faction will best suit them as they enter adulthood. ‘Faction before blood’ is placed around Chicago to remind everyone that once you pick your faction, regardless if you leave your family behind you must obey your factions values and beliefs. Unfortunately, for Beatrice she feels she doesn’t completely fit into any 1 faction and she realizes she isn’t alone.
I’m currently reading the ARC (advance readers copy) of the 2nd book from this series called Insurgent. Divergent came out last May and is the debut novel from Veronica Roth. I had the pleasure of meeting her last year when she toured with Lauren Oliver. It was rumoured last year at her Q&A at my book store that there are talks about signing this to a movie deal. Veronica Roth is pretty cool and said that she would only sign if the producers would stay true to the novel. Unfortunately, for the millionaires in Hollywood she hasn’t liked any of the scripts presented to her.. yet! I won’t be surprised if something comes up after Insurgent’s release in May.
3. Delirium – Lauren Oliver
What if love were a disease? In Delirium we are introduced to Lena, where in her world love is considered to be an incurable disease. All young men and women are required to have a medical procedure to ensure that they don’t succumb to ‘Amor Deliria Nervosa’. Lena is ready for her procedure until the unimaginable happens – she falls in love.
Delirium is a fast-paced and enjoyable read. I couldn’t put it down for a second and it completely surpassed my expectations. This novel will keep you guessing, ‘What next?’. On Valentine’s Day, Lauren Oliver released a short story called Hana that links Delirium with Pandemonium (book #2 in the series). Just a warning, if you didn’t get it already from the synopsis.. This book is probably best suited to the female audience. The other two novels I suggested above are awesome for males and females alike.
Anyways, I hope you enjoy the suggestions! If you have any comments about the blog feel free to leave a comment below. If you’ve read any of the 3 books in the blog tell me what you think of them!
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