Krystal
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December 28th, 2011, 12:41 am #201

Although I hated LOTR and Narnia, don't like fantasy, but love Sci Fior horror. Maybe I'll get a paperback or see if the library has it.
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tgir
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December 28th, 2011, 4:07 am #202

I know the soft cover edition is out for the first book for certain.

Strong female lead character.
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Maria
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December 28th, 2011, 4:18 am #203

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.
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December 28th, 2011, 4:32 am #204

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.


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Krystal
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December 28th, 2011, 5:09 am #205

TGIR, are yousure Feed belongs in the fiction category? It sounds like some kids I know right now!
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December 28th, 2011, 11:41 am #206

Krystal wrote:TGIR, are yousure Feed belongs in the fiction category? It sounds like some kids I know right now!
Now that's funny.
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Maria
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December 28th, 2011, 12:11 pm #207

Funny and true!

Feed sounds really interesting...taking the reality of constantly being plugged in and stretching it to the limits. I felt the Hunger Games did that for reality tv competitions, lol...
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December 28th, 2011, 1:36 pm #208

I didn't think I'd like the Hunger Games, being all futuristic and all, but they were really good and kept me engaged.

LOTR - I still haven't managed to get through the third book. It's one where I read the same page over and over and I still have no idea what I just read!

Currently I am reading the Sweep series, about a girl who discovers she a witch.
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December 29th, 2011, 12:37 am #209

Had to share ....

'Hunger Games' beats 'Twilight' in 2012 buzz poll-What do you want to see most? (POLL)

I'm for Hunger Games in 2012. I just need a few hours of peace and quiet so I can finish the books. B-)
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December 29th, 2011, 1:42 pm #210

I have never gone to see a midnight showing of a movie, nothing has interested me enough. If my area has a midnight showing for Hunger Games I will be there!!
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