Monday, March 26, 2012

If you like the Hunger Games, read these

Hunger Games the movie was just released and achieved huge attendance records over the weekend. The continued popularity of the books is keeping the trilogy on the bestseller lists. If you have read and reread Suzanne Collins' books and would like to read something similar, try these titles recommended by NoveList Plus, the library database that recommends 'read-alikes'.

Starcrossed by Elizabeth Bunce, fantasy with a strong female character who has to decide whether to join her friends and challenge the king and the political establishment.

Uglies by Scott Westerfeld, dystopian science fiction in which 16 year olds face a choice between a lifetime of beauty or else... what?

Graceling by Kristin Cashore, again with the surgically transformed teens into beauties, but with a price to pay!

Unwind by Neal Shusterman, a world where teens between 13 and 18 have their organs harvested. Yikes, teens, run away, run away!

The Supernaturalist by Eoin Colfer, teen living in future Satellite City has supernatural powers, discovers use of blue Parasites.

Obviously future teens are in for some bad times according to these dystopian novels and readers can't get enough of these cautionary tales of imagination, politics gone amuck, scientific progress without moral boundaries. voyeuristic entertainment and a society that worships the superficial over deeper values. Oh, wait...

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