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Thursday, August 14, 2014

The Giver: From bookshelf to big screen

The adaptation of Lois Lowry's classic young adult novel The Giver is being released in theaters tomorrow.

If you haven't read the book, it's one of those rare titles that I would recommend to almost any reader. The Giver follows Jonah as he comes of age in a community without conflict or inequality. When Jonah is chosen to become the Receiver of Memory, he encounters memories of life beyond his community and begins to question the foundations of his world.

The Giver is a quick, powerful read that will stay with you after you turn the last page. I would especially recommend it to readers who are interested in dystopian novels but aren't ready for The Hunger Games or Divergent.

If you've already read and enjoyed The Giver, you might also enjoy the following books:

Armageddon Summer - Jane Yolen & Bruce Coville

Armageddon Summer follows Marina and Jed, two teenagers whose parents have joined an end-of-the-world cult. As Marina and Jed wait in a mountain enclave for the end to come (and police and the media wait below), they struggle with questions of belief and with their relationships with their parents.

Suspenseful and complex, Armageddon Summer is a contemporary take on teenagers struggling with their beliefs and identities.

Fever Crumb - Philip Reeve

Fever Crumb is set in a future London where advanced technologies from the past are hoarded and studied. Young Fever has been raised by the tribe of Engineers to be rational and without emotion, but when she leaves home and starts experiencing the memories of London's deposed superhuman ruler, her life begins to change.

Reeve is an incredibly inventive writer, and Fever Crumb will dazzle science fiction fans with its colorful futuristic world. At the same time, Fever's journey of self discovery is very satisfying. House of the Scorpion - Nancy Farmer

Matteo is a clone of El Patron, the powerful, corrupt ruler of a country that has been carved out of the U.S. and Mexico. Clones aren't considered human, and Matt must leave his sheltered life in El Patron's house to confront his world and his identity.

The House of the Scorpion is a moving, memorable story set in an unusual dark future; if you've enjoyed books like The Giver or The Hunger Games, definitely pick it up.

Enchantress from the Stars - Sylvia Lousie Engdahl

Elana is a recruit for the spacefaring Anthropological Service; Georyn is a woodcutter's son on a planet without advanced technology. When Elana visits Georyn's planet to prevent an invasion, Georyn decides her technology is magic, and she's forced to play along.

Enchantress From the Stars explores this space-age encounter from three perspectives, showing different ways of seeing the same situation. It's a mix of science fiction and fairy tale that will appeal to readers who like their science fiction thoughtful and focused on characters (much like The Giver).

Becky @ Warrenton

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