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Young Adult novels… for adults.

by on Mar.16, 2011, under Articles, Books

The evolution of young adult novels over the past ten years has caught me off guard. I started reading a little later than most children but unlike most of my generation I continued reading voraciously though out my school years, when trips to the library were no longer mandatory.

During those times young adult novels seemed to fall into two or three categories. The short “horror” books, the budding of the urban fantasy/vampire romance genre, and all the girly books I never read.

The Harry Potter came along and changed the face of young adult reading. I heard recently that readership among adults in their early twenties is higher than the previous generations because of Harry Potter. It has become a grossing market for writers and publishers. You only have to compare the state of young adult bookshelves in book stores and with today to see how much has changed. Thin paperbacks that took up one, maybe two whole shelves and replaced with hardbound editions with artistic renderings made to catch the eye that take up an entire corner of a bookstore.

I admit I read young adult novels prior to the popularity of Mr. Potter, even past the years where it was considered socially appropriate. Young adult novels take the themes of life and distill them. The problems are the same but then context can be so much simpler. That simplicity is enjoyable because it allows you to feel the story without the excessive need for more adult distraction, as I am sure many found when they finally got to book four of J.K. Rowling’s series.

And now recently I’ve read The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins. A three book trilogy set in a far future where twelve districts serve under the heel of the Capitol and each year, as homage to a failed rebellion years in the past, each district must send a tribute, one boy and one girl, to the Hunger Games, a blood sport where only one of the twenty-four tribute children will survive.

And honestly, that is only the beginning of the story that spans three novels and takes you on an emotional roller coaster. I write a full review here if you are interested but I gave this synopsis to show an example of the type of content that is in young adult novels. The stories are young adult because the heroes and heroines are teens and young adults and they lack some of the more “adult” content one might find in some novels of similar genre or style but that makes them no less a story worthy of adult attention.

So keep that in mind next time you’re looking for something to read. You don’t necessarily have to wait for a young adult novel to become insanely popular with other adults to pick one up and see if it worth your time.

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Review: The Hunger Games Series by Suzanne Collins

by on Mar.10, 2011, under Articles, Books, Entertainment, Novels

You know that feeling when you pick up a book for the first time and you hope the story will be good? Not just good but that kind of story that makes you feel something.

Because there are really two kinds of stories. The kind that tells you something, informs you of some fact or concept and then there are the stories that make you feel something.

The Hunger Games is one of the latter.

The Hunger Games is a three book series by Suzanne Collins. This is her second work, her first being a series of five books called the Underland Chronciles. She has also written for several children’s shows prior to becoming an author. When the Hunger Games movie comes out, she’ll be adding major motion picture writing to her curriculum vitae.

Suzanne tells a masterful story through her three books, the first titled The Hunger Games, where we meet our heroine Katniss who slowly introduces us to a post-apocalyptic future where the remnants of humanity have been split into twelve districts, ruled by a despotic Capitol. Years in their past the twelve districts attempted to rebel against the Capitol. They failed. As punishment, every year since, each district is forced to celebrate The Hunger Games, where two teenagers from each district, one boy and one girl, are selected randomly to participate.

In the Hunger Games, these children are subjected to instant fame in the technologically advanced Capitol before being forced into a deadly technologically manipulated game arena where the only real rule is: Only one child may leave alive. Blood sport, for the entertainment of the Capitol citizenry and a constant reminder to the districts that they can not win.

But if the districts have failed, will Katniss?
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Book Watch: Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

by on Mar.08, 2011, under Articles, Book Watch, Books, Entertainment, Reviews

Mockingjay (The Hunger Games, #3)Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Date Started: Mar 5, 2011
Date Finished: Mar 7, 2011

A powerful trilogy was written here and I fear that its classification as young adult might keep it’s depth and story hidden from the world. I know this isn’t true as this series’ name is on everybody’s lips but my first reaction after finishing this novel was how I needed to shout its worth to the world. Sadly I was trapped on a plane so I began to write a full review of the series, which will be available at this address in the near future, containing spoilers.

It should say something that I finished this book in two days. Yes it is a young adult novel and somewhat short but I ate up every word whenever I could sneak in some time. The only novels I have read this voraciously in awhile have been Feed, The Dresden Files, the Legacy of the Aldenata, and the Harry Potter series and I will now be quick to add this series to the list.

This book picks up right where it’s predecessor leaves off, and weaves the wild and believable adventure of our sixteen year old heroine during a revolution of the remaining humans on earth. The book is an emotional roller coaster but I mean that in the best possible way.

Real.

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Book Watch: Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

by on Mar.07, 2011, under Articles, Book Watch, Books, Reviews

Catching Fire (The Hunger Games, #2)Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Date Started: Feb 27, 2011
Date Finished: Mar 5, 2011

Far more gripping than its predecessor, Catching Fire is probably this best title for this book ever. Not only does it allude to key plot points from the first book, and its own story, but the tale itself metaphorically catches fire, making it very hard to put down. The ending itself leaves you no choice but to find and read its sequel, Mocking Jay.
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Book Watch: Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

by on Mar.04, 2011, under Articles, Book Watch, Books, Novels

And our next entry in the Book Watch series, so soon after the first. You’d think I actually read regularly or something…

The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Date Started: Feb 23rd, 2011
Date Ended: Feb 27th, 2011

Really had a hard time putting it down. I’m glad I started reading it after the series was completed. Suffered I feel a little from the “clueless” teenager syndrome but otherwise had a great character and a brief glimpse into an interesting world. Let’s see if the sequels hold up.

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