Supernatural Book Club Recommends
As with all genres of fantasy this one has really exploded, remember when R.L. Stine was the end all be all in young adult supernatural books? Times really have changed. When the ladies of "Talk Supe" invited me and my club over for a chat about what YA novel series we recommend most, we went with what we recommend lately. We couldn't recommend something like "Twilight" or "Vampire Academy" that's so 3 years ago! One of the newest genres in YA fantasy is "Dystopian novels". And the best dystopian novels we've read is The Hunger Games Trilogy. They're exciting, shocking, and really different from what YA fantasy has been up to this point, and not just because there aren't any vampires or werewolves.
Brief description for those of you who've not yet heard about these books:
The Hunger Games trilogy takes place sometime in the future after the fall of North America where the government now has ultimate control over the people and the states, now known as "Districts" in the nation of Panem. Panem consists of thirteen "districts" and the Capital city where the governing bodies live. The thirteen districts live in poverty, each providing the rich Capital with some needed or desired commodity. The citizens of the districts are slaves to the Capitals rules and regulations. To keep the districts under it's thumb, every year the Capital stages a nationally televised tournament called "The Hunger Games", as punishment for a previous rebellion against the Capitol wherein the thirteenth district was supposedly destroyed. In preparation for the games, one boy and one girl from each of the districts, between the ages of twelve and eighteen, are selected by lottery and forced to fight to the death in a dangerous outdoor arena until only one remains. The winning contestant, or "tribute" and his or her corresponding district is then rewarded.
In the spirit of full disclosure, I feel I should tell you, dear readers, that these books were not a fun and sunny read for me. I have an almost unnatural fear of government control and loss of my personal rights and freedoms. In saying that, this book made me very uncomfortable. I tell you this to re-enforce my endorsement, because despite my discomfort and terror at the thought I was able to engross myself in this story. From Katniss' sacrifices for her family to her turmoil over feelings for the baker's son and her childhood best friend, I was swept up in the drama and the true emotions of the characters involved in a world unlike anything we could imagine.
I've heard many call this book "the next Twilight", and that's true in that it's slated to be the next big movie franchise, but that's the extent of the similarities. Twilight is a teen romance where one of the characters just happens to be a vampire, The Hunger Games is the story of a girl's fight for survival. The two stories are only similar in that the protagonist is a 17 year old girl, but let's be honest, how many young adult novels have a 17 year old female protagonist?
Bottom Line: If you plan on living in the world (or at least in America) for the next 3-4 years, read The Hunger Games. It's sure to be the next "big thing", and if you read it now, you'll be ahead of the game. Also, it's a good book (well, trilogy of books), you'll probably like it.
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