If you liked “The Hunger Games”, you might like these new young adult novels with futuristic and dystopian themes.
“Incarceron” by Catherine Fisher. Incarceron is a prison unlike any other: Its inmates live in not only cells, but also in metal forests, dilapidated cities, and unbounded wilderness. The prison has been sealed for centuries, and only one man, legend says, has ever escaped. But Finn is determined to find his real life on the outside, and he will escape with the help of the Warden’s daughter. But they don’t realize that there is more to Incarceron than meets the eye. It is alive. Also available at the Ellinwood Library is “Sapphique”, the sequel to “Incarceron”.
“The Girl of Fire and Thorns” by Rae Carson. Once a century, one person is chosen for greatness. Elisa is the chosen one. Now only a king seeks her, savage enemies, seething with dark magic are hunting her, and a daring determined revolutionary believes she could be his people’s savior. Soon it is not just her life, but her very heart that is at stake. She could be everything to those who need her most, or she could die very young.
“Legend” by Marie Lu. Once known as the western coast of the U.S., the Republic is not a nation perpetually at war with its neighbors, the Colonies. June is an elite prodigy, being groomed for success in the Republic’s highest circles. Day is the country’s most wanted criminal, a boy from the lowest colony, but one with noble intentions. When their paths cross, a shocking turn of events uncovers a sinister truth about their worlds.
“Enclave” by Ann Aguirre. In Deuce’s world, people earn the right to a name only if they survive their first fifteen years, and then they are trained to join one of three groups...breeders, guilders, or hunters. As a hunter, he and his partner must brave the dangerous tunnels outside and bring food back to feed the group, while evading the ferocious monsters called Freaks. But now, the balance in the battle for survival is shifting.
“Birth Marked” by Caragh M. O’Brien. Those marked with a code will determine the future, and one marked by a scar will unravel the past. In a world baked dry by the harsh sun, Gaia has always believed it is her duty to hand over a small quota of babies to those in the Enclave. But when her parents are arrested by the very people they serve, Gaia is forced to question everything. Her choice is simple. Enter the world of the Enclave, or die trying. Also available at the Ellinwood Library, “Prized”, Book Two of the “Birth Marked” trilogy.
Sharon Sturgis is the librarian at the Ellinwood School/Community Library.