May 02, 2012
We all know that The Hunger Games was an enormous success, both in print and on film. But as the hold list now exceeds 1000+ , chances are high that you’re going to need something to read while you wait on your copy. Thankfully, here at the Platte City Branch, we’ve come up with a few options that will appeal to those who can’t get enough of Katniss.
My absolute favorite new dystopian read is Divergent. It takes place in a world divided into factions, and teens are forced to undergo testing to determine which faction they should belong. The trouble starts when the heroine, Tris, discovers that she is "divergent," meaning she can belong to more than one faction. She is forced to keep her divergence a secret from those in power or risk harm to herself and her family. Divergent is the first in a three book trilogy by Veronica Roth, and I recommend that Hunger Games fans check it out. (P.S. Book Two in the series, Insurgent, is set to come out in May, so put it on hold now!)
Some other books to check out instead of The Hunger Games are Feed by M.T Anderson, Unwind by Neil Shusterman, and the Uglies series by Scott Westerfeld. Even some adult books like Fahrenheit 451 and Lord of the Flies are great alternatives to Suzanne Collins’ trilogy. All of these and more are on display at the Platte City Branch or can be found in the MCPL catalog.
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