Maria wrote:LOL...I do remember telling KMI to read them!
The first book was THE best book I read in 2009, hands down.
There are a LOT of HG readalikes in teen fiction now. The only one that I REALLY liked, but it does read like a teen book, is Divergent by Veronica Roth. Really enjoyed it.
Suzanne Collins wrote a children's series before the Hunger Games, called Gregor the Overlander. Loved those books, but very different, and definitely for kids. The Hunger Games really surprised me when it came out.
I'll keep Divergent in mind. I need to whittle down my pile, but it sounds like it's a good bet.
Completely different but another YA book that is futuristic and yet very much in the moment today is Feed by M. T. Anderson:
(from Amazon's reviews):
This brilliantly ironic satire is set in a future world where television and computers are connected directly into people's brains when they are babies. The result is a chillingly recognizable consumer society where empty-headed kids are driven by fashion and shopping and the avid pursuit of silly entertainment--even on trips to Mars and the moon--and by constant customized murmurs in their brains of encouragement to buy, buy, buy.
Anderson gives us this world through the voice of a boy who, like everyone around him, is almost completely inarticulate, whose vocabulary, in a dead-on parody of the worst teenspeak, depends heavily on three words: "like," "thing," and the second most common English obscenity. He's even made this vapid kid a bit sympathetic, as a product of his society who dimly knows something is missing in his head. The details are bitterly funny--the idiotic but wildly popular sitcom called "Oh? Wow! Thing!", the girls who have to retire to the ladies room a couple of times an evening because hairstyles have changed, the hideous lesions on everyone that are not only accepted, but turned into a fashion statement. And the ultimate awfulness is that when we finally meet the boy's parents, they are just as inarticulate and empty-headed as he is, and their solution to their son's problem is to buy him an expensive car.