The Unwanteds by Lisa McMann is like Harry Potter entering the Hunger Games, according to one Kirkus reviewer. Other reviews also rave about this new teen/tween Fantasy/Sci-Fi series. In the dystopic land of Quill, when you reach age 13, you are deemed Wanted, Necessary, or Unwanted. Alex is too creative and is thereby judged Unwanted and sentenced to be cast into the Lake of Burning Death along with the other Unwanteds. His identical brother, Aaron, is rated Wanted, turns his back on his brother, enters Wanted University, and rises quickly, becoming the protege of High Priest Justine. Meanwhile, Alex is pleasantly surprised when instead of suffering a painful death, he is welcomed into the magical realm of Artime by the kindly mage Mr. Today.
If your book group is looking for a reading challenge--each of these books has been challenged by a parent or a community. This year marks the 30th Anniversary of American Libraries Association's Banned Books Week, September 30 - October 6, 2012.
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald ; preface and notes by Matthew J. Bruccoli
Has your book group tried any short story collections? You could choose an author to concentrate on or assign a story to each member, or simply assign a collection and let your members report back to the group.
Among the missing by Dan Chaon
Don't tell anyone by Frederick Busch
Unwholly by Neal Shusterman — The long awaited sequel to Unwind is almost here. Unwholly picks up where Unwind left off, introducing the reader to new characters and new questions about the practice of unwinding. If you haven't already read Unwind, now is a perfect time!
Bridge of time by Lewis Buzbee is a perfect book for older readers who are interested in earning the Time Travel badge. A wrinkle in time propels best friends Lee Jones and Jones Lee back to the summer Mark Twain spent in San Francisco. The class trip they were on was a total loser, so they snuck away to discuss the pending divorces of their parents. Upon awaking from a nap in a lighthouse they find the Golden Gate bridge has fanished, their cell phones don't work, and they are clueless as to how to get back to their class and/or time. Then they meet this young man named Sam Clemens who is on the run from a mysterious stranger, who soon is after Lee and Jone, too. A suspenseful summer, sci-fi, time-travel treat for all those who delve into its pages.
Brave new world by Aldous Huxley
A canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller, Jr
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
The handmaid's tale by Margaret Atwood
Enjoy steampunk? Try these books out:
Incarceron by Catherine Fisher
Cinder by written by Marissa Meyer
Clockwork angel by Cassandra Clare
Airborn by Kenneth Oppel
A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's court by written by Mark Twain ; illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman
From time to time: a novel by Jack Finney
The house on the strand by Du Maurier, Daphne, Dame, 1907-1989
Hyperion by Dan Simmons
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
The time traveler's wife: a novel by Audrey Niffenegger
Kindred by Octavia E.
In the garden of Iden : a novel of the company by Kage Baker
Pastwatch : the redemption of Christopher Columbus by Orson Scott Card
Time and again by Finney, Jack
The centurion's empire by Sean McMullen
The knight at dawn by Mary Pope Osborne ; illustrated by Sal Murdocca
Knights of the kitchen table by Jon Scieszka ; illustrated by Lane Smith
A wrinkle in time by Madeleine L'Engle
Honus & me by Dan Gutman
City of masks by Mary Hoffman
The Book of Time by Guillaume Prevost ; translated by William Rodarmor
The fire thief by Terry Deary
Tanglewreck by Jeanette Winterson
Justin Thyme by Panama Oxridge
The new policeman by Kate Thompson
Ruby red by Kerstin Gier ; translated from the German by Anthea Bell
While the world is watching The Hunger Games, you may be waiting to read a title in the series or wanting to read something similiar. Try these read-alikes, and may the odds be ever in your favor.
The running man by Stephen King writing as Richard Bachman ; with an introduction by the author
Among the hidden by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Daylight runner by Oisin McGann
If you enjoyed Among The Hidden and you're looking for a new series, give one of these a try:
The city of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau
The giver by Lois Lowry
Virus on Orbis 1 by PJ Haarsma
The language of flowers: a novel by Vanessa Diffenbaugh
Winterdance: the fine madness of running the Iditarod by Gary Paulsen
My name is Mary Sutter by Robin Oliveira
1984: a novel by George Orwell ; with an afterword by Erich Fromm