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YA Books – Hunger Games and Divergent

December 9, 2012
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

We are all anxiously awaiting Adam/ross549′s review of Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games, but until then, I must say I have read all three books in the trilogy, and I very much enjoyed them. The Hunger Games Trilogy: The Hunger Games, Catching Fire and Mockingjay.

From The Hunger Games Wikipedia entry:

The Hunger Games was first published in hardcover on September 14, 2008 by Scholastic, featuring a cover designed by Tim O’Brien. It has since been released in paperback and also as an audiobook and ebook. After an initial print of 200,000, the book had sold 800,000 copies by February 2010. Since its release, The Hunger Games has been translated into 26 languages, and publishing rights have been sold in 38 territories. The novel is the first inThe Hunger Games trilogy, followed by Catching Fire (2009) and Mockingjay (2010). Afilm adaptation, directed by Gary Ross and co-written and co-produced by Collins herself, was released in 2012.

Divergent (Book 1) by Veronica Roth

Divergent (Book 1) by Veronica Roth

More recently, Divergent (Book 1) by Veronica Roth was recommended to me (thanks MrAnderson). I just finished reading it and have to say, I very much enjoyed this one as much as I did Hunger Games. I can’t wait to read Insurgent (Divergent Book 2), the second book in the trilogy.(1)

From the Divergent (novel) Wikipedia entry:

Divergent is the debut novel of American author Veronica Roth and is the first installment in a trilogy. Set within a dystopian Chicago, the novel has been compared to similar young adult books likeThe Hunger Games because of theme and target audience (young adults). Roth revealed that the ideas for the series were born while she was studying in college. Summit Entertainment purchased the media rights to the book and as of October 2012 is in the process of casting the film, also titled Divergent.[1] The second novel in the trilogy, Insurgent, was released in May 2012. The third book is to be released in the fall of 2013.

Divergent is also a GoodReads 2012 Choice Winner.

Goodreads Choice Winner Badge 2012

Goodreads Choice Winner Badge 2012

So it looks like we will have another very interesting movie young adult (YA) movie. Divergent is very different from Hunger Games, but  it is also the first book in another YA trilogy set in a dystopian era. I have already seen the Hunger Games movie and I am looking forward to seeing what Lionsgate does with the Veronica Roth‘s book, Divergent. Here’s what Lionsgate has to say about the movie, Divergent:

While discussing ‘Hunger Games’ profits, and upcoming projects, here’s what Lionsgate CEO- Jon Feltheimer had to say about Divergent:

“We have established ourselves as the No. 1 studio in young adult franchises,” he said during the call.

Feltheimer listed other Lionsgate young-adult projects in development, based on Veronica Roth’s “Divergent” series, Erin Morgenstern’s “The Night Circus” and Patrick Ness’ “Chaos Walking” trilogy.

Feltheimer also revealed that Lionsgate is working on developing TV series based on a pair of Summit properties — the “Step Up” and “Red” franchises. He did not elaborate.

I would love to see Lionsgate pick up Cory Doctorow’s YA book, Little Brother.

According to SlickDeals, Audible has specials through December 23rd on many books. For December 3rd they had several books including Divergent (Book 1) by Veronica Roth for $5.

Audible.com Special Deals through December 23, 2012

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