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.
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.
I HATE BOOKS. I was forced to read them when I was younger. They were boring and the only ones I enjoyed were the cliche teen romance novels. They were trash. I was flooding my mind with useless tales. My interest in books began in middle school when my LA teacher recommended Hunger Games back in 6th grade. It was the first book that made me stay up all night, anxious for what’s to come. After that, no book compared. It was as good as it got for me in the world of the written word. In 8th grade LA we read interesting books such as Island of Dr. Moreau which sparked my interest in ethical science. Tried to read Do Android Dream of Electric sheep, but I wasn’t drawn to science fiction. Once I reached freshmen year, I lost interest in books since we were forced to read AND annotate. I hated Shakespeare, I just read the modern translation to get the assignment done. I was also assigned The Lord of the Flies, my interest relit. The book was not just a story of survival but a reflection of corrupt human nature. The writing was exquisite, the symbolism of blood, fire, and pigs excited me. It was like putting together a puzzle when I saw the link between Piggy, The Lord of the Flies and pigs. Then I read Fahrenheit 451. Although some phrases are repetitively repeated. I liked his writing style and his strong message of the preservation of the written word. They make us think, make us question society. The government wants us to be pliable. Technology is distancing humans from creation. (I plan to read 1984 and Ender’s Game. I have read To Kill a Mockingbird although because it was assigned, I only skimmed. I’ve read Of Mice and Men and The Fault in Our Stars. Both of which were likable assignments) Also, I dove into Maze Runner with high expectations. I was completely disappointed. It was recommended for fans of the Hunger Games. The book was solely driven by plot and I was constantly being reminded of Thomas’ frustration and how confused he was. I did not enjoy the book. The characters were not well rounded and I couldn’t empathize with what Thomas was experiencing. Going back to the idea of technology. Personally I hate the era we are living in. My friends can’t even hang out without the comfort of their devices. They console their boredom by staring at flashing colors. Who doesn’t enjoy a little entertainment, even toddlers are mesmerized. I lost hope that humans still held values such as selflessness and honesty. Divergent captivated me.
What a challenge! This reader clearly wanted thought-provoking titles, but would not be easily satisfied with a standard list of teen dystopias, so here’s how our librarian Cheresse answered the first request: Continue reading
“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.
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.
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.
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.”
Sounds fascinating, right? Well, you and some 450 other people in Seattle think so too. While you’re waiting for this book, here are three more that deal with autistic youth. Continue reading