Category Archives: While You’re Waiting For

While You’re Waiting For… The One, by Kiera Cass

one-kieracass Kiera Cass’s immensely popular series about an average, lower caste girl of the future competing with a dwindling number of contestants for the hand of the prince concludes with The One.  Who will become Maxon’s princess, and eventually his queen?  The answer isn’t revealed until the final pages, and naturally, you must wait for the book to get that far.  So while you’re waiting for The One, try these other teen titles.

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While You're Waiting For… Steelheart

steelheart Steelheart is the latest by Brandon Sanderson, who wrote another popular series starter,The Rithmatist, last year; in this book, the world is run by Epics, ordinary people who gained superhero-like powers in the wake of a global explosion called the Calamity.  But just because they have superhero powers doesn’t mean they’re good.  The one called Steelheart killed David’s father ten years ago, and he wants to join the Reckoners, a group of people whose sole mission is to wipe out the Epics. The opening scene is brutal, but if you like that, you’re going to be hooked into this series.

Here are some other books featuring supervillains, guerilla warfare, and teens pushed to the breaking point.

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While You're Waiting For… The 5th Wave

fifthwave “After the 1st wave, only darkness remains. After the 2nd, only the lucky escape. And after the 3rd, only the unlucky survive. After the 4th wave, only one rule applies: trust no one.”
Sounds good, right? And while no one has optioned it for a film yet, that will happen soon, based on the popularity of the book. So, while you’re waiting for The Fifth Wave, you might want to read these other exciting titles dealing with alien invasions.

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While You're Waiting For… The Book Thief

bookthief Marcus Zusak published The Book Thief in 2007 and the film is coming out in November, so naturally this book is really popular all over again, and it’s easy to see why. Liesel’s life with a foster family in World War Two Germany is complicated by her thievery of books, which helps her, her foster parents, and her Jewish friend Max to survive. One thing that makes the book so great is how it is narrated by Death, who looks on as these humans, who usually are as indistringuishable to him as grains of sand to us, go about the business of survival during wartime. While you’re waiting for the film and the book, here are three other titles to keep you busy.  Two deal explicitly with World War Two, and the last one is a bit more subtle about the Holocaust.
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While You're Waiting For… Divergent, Insurgent, and Allegiant

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Second only to the Hunger Games trilogy in popularity (and maybe more popular by now), Veronica Roth’s dystopian society is divided into groups by people’s in-born personality traits, and when some people don’t fit into one of the mandatory categories, it falls apart.  The film of Divergent will be released in 2014, and Allegiant was just released in print last week, so the series is at a real peak with its fans.

While you’re waiting for any or all of these books, you may want to try some of these other dystopian novels.
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While You're Waiting For… The Reason I Jump

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The Reason I Jump is the remarkable first-person account of what it’s like to have autism. The author, just 13 years old when he wrote this in 2007, tells about how he views the world. It’s structured in a question-and-answer format, interspersed with his own short fictional pieces. Here he describes what makes him jump:

“The motion makes me want to change into a bird and fly off to some faraway place. But constrained by ourselves and by the people around us, all we can do is tweet-tweet, flap our wings and hop around in a cage.”

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While You're Waiting For… I Am Malala

iammalala Malala Yousafazai may be the youngest person ever nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize.  When she was just 12 years old, she wrote a blog for the BBC that detailed life under the Taliban in her home country of Pakistan; the blog was hugely popular and gained her a lot of attention, but some of it came from the Taliban, who sent her death threats for her views on women and education.  Just a year ago, in October 2012, she was shot while riding on her school bus.  While she survived the attack and underwent multiple surgeries, she wrote a book, and as you can imagine, it is immensely popular.

While you’re waiting to read the autobiography of this incredible 16 year old girl, you might want to read about some other amazing teens.
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