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7 Great Books That Inspired The Hunger Games (Slideshow)

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“1984″ by George Orwell

The term “Big Brother” was not coined by a television show, but rather by George Orwell in his classic dystopian novel “1984.” This novel is the perfect book for anyone, teenagers included, who is interested in government conspiracy, mind control, and revolution against a government so powerful they can tell you what to think. The hero of this story, Winston Smith, works as a revisionist news writer whose job it is to rewrite news articles so they match the current political party. Among this, the public is persecuted for individualism and critical thought. Winston Smith spends his days hoping that he can someday revolt against this mind control. This book shows us the dangers of giving any governing body too much power.


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10:15AM PST on Nov 7, 2013

Excellent books. Other young adult spin-offs include Veronica Roth's Divergent series, Kiera Cass' Selection books, and of course, who could forget the Ender's Game series by Orson Scott Card? Thanks.

2:49PM PDT on Oct 31, 2012

This isn't exactly a cause..

But it was still interesting to read!

12:32PM PDT on Oct 10, 2012

There was a book I read in University, well two of them, can't remeber what they were though. One was where a society was split in two, the women running the cities, and the men fought. As you read though it it seemed like the men were in control, but the end was actually quite a twist.
There was a second one about a race of beings who were living in a utopia. Then humans found them, and men found them quite attractive, to the point they tried to force themselves upon them. It ended up these being developed a defencive mechanisim whereby any man who slept with them died.

10:50PM PDT on Sep 21, 2012

"Lois Lowry’s “The Giver” is a children’s book, but that doesn’t mean that teenagers won’t enjoy it"
Huh, The Giver was actually book of the month in a book club for teenagers I was in back in the 1990's. I was in my late teens when I read it for the first time, and I was blown away by it. It was the best book I had read at the time, and I didn't find it childish at all. Upon re-reading it in my early 30's, I can only say that it's still one of the best books I have read.
The sequels "gathering blue" and "messnger" aren't the same level. I'm looking forward to "Son" which will be published in October.

7:30PM PDT on Sep 21, 2012

thanks

3:41AM PDT on Sep 21, 2012

Citala sam,dobre su knjige, nisam bas ljubitelj limunada gdje
heroina spasava svijet.Da cemo doci u situaciju da se borimo za komad
hljeba to vjerujem.

8:40AM PDT on Sep 20, 2012

Thanks Donald T. for reminding me about "A Clockwork Orange" by Anthony Burgess. If that isn't dystopian literature, then I don't know what is. But not sure I'd recommend it for youngsters. The book is actually difficult to read until you get used to the language Burgess used to write it in (lots of invented slang). The movie is not for the faint of heart (it includes explicit violence and sex) but every once in a while, I just have to watch it again.
The best speculative and sci-fiction writers make us think about what's already happening, and what "could" happen. So many predictions and speculations from great writers have come true.

6:08AM PDT on Sep 20, 2012

The Hunger Games is an amazing book, but dystopian doesn't mean a perfect society, it means the opposite.

5:49PM PDT on Sep 19, 2012

Anything to get kids to read is fine by me!

9:35AM PDT on Sep 19, 2012

Thank you for sharing.

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