Can’t get your hands on a copy of the Hunger Games? Then read this instead…

I thought I would introduce you to some alternative books while you wait for a copy of the Hunger Games. Or maybe you have finished the trilogy and you are now looking for something else to read.

You may not have heard of these titles but we highly recommend them. They are the same genre as the Hunger Games trilogy – just as exciting and in some cases better.

The knife of never letting go by Patrick Ness. This is the first book in the Chaos Walking Trilogy. Read my previous review here  about this award-winning book. We have all three books in the library.

Genesis by Bernard Beckett. This is a standalone book and a very worthwhile read. Bernard Becket is a wonderful author who explores many philosophical questions but still keeps us turning the page to see what happens next.

In this brilliant novel of dazzling ingenuity, Anaxs examination leads us into a future where we are confronted with unresolved questions raised by science and philosophy. Centuries old, these questions have gained new urgency in the face of rapidly developing technology. What is consciousness? What makes us human? If artificial intelligence were developed to a high enough capability, what special status could humanity still claim? Outstanding and original, Beckett’s dramatic narrative comes to a stunning close. This perfect combination of thrilling page-turner and provocative novel of ideas demands to be read again and again.

 Read more about this book from Text Publishing here

Divergent by Veronica Roth. This is book one in a series. The second book is due out mid April.


In Beatrice Prior’s dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is—she can’t have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

For someone who reads as many dystopian future novels as I do, Divergent has a lot to live up to (‘cough’ The Hunger Games ‘cough’). However, I was most definitely hooked by this superb work of fiction. It had everything a dystopian novel needs: a feisty heroine, an unyielding government, love interests, survival in a harsh world, and shocks and twists galore. In short, it was fantastic!

Read more of this review here

Inside Out by Maria V. Snyder.  I really enjoyed this 2 book series (the 2nd book is called Outside In). The setting and the ideas in this book are a different take on the dystopian theme. We have both books in the library.

Inside Out creates a society divided into two distinct classes those on the upper levels and those on the lower levels. When Trella, a girl who is generally good at keeping her head down, finds herself as leader to a rebellion, Inside will never be the same.

Read chapter one here

The passage by Justin Cronin. The first book in a new series that was named one of the ten best novels of 2010 by Time magazine. This book is definitely a favourite of myself, Ms Scicluna and Ms Fox and we all are waiting anxiously for the second book in this series. The book is more suited to an older reader.

An epic and gripping tale of catastrophe and survival, The Passage is the story of Amy–abandoned by her mother at the age of six, pursued and then imprisoned by the shadowy figures behind a government experiment of apocalyptic proportions. But Special Agent Wolgast, the lawman sent to track her down, is disarmed by the curiously quiet girl—and risks everything to save her. As the experiment goes nightmarishly wrong, Wolgast secures her escape—but he can’t stop society’s collapse. And as Amy walks alone, across miles and decades, into a future dark with violence and despair, she is filled with the mysterious and terrifying knowledge that only she has the power to save the ruined world.

Where will you be when the lights go out?

The maze runner by James Dashner. This is the first book in the The Maze Runner series.  We have all three books in the library.

What would you do, if you woke up and knew nothing about yourself except your first name? What would you do, if you woke up with over 30 people looking at you, all of them expecting you to wake up that moment? What would you do, if you were trapped in a box and the only way you could go out into freedom was to figure out the path to a maze. And what would you do, if the maze’s walls always changed during the night and were home to nightmarish creatures in which one bite will send you into a coma for 2 weeks? This is the exact situation that Thomas is stuck with in the story, “The Maze Runner” by James Dashner.

Read the rest of the review here


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