In terms of studying science-fiction I just read "The Hunger Games" by Suzanne Collins for the third time. (The first time was when nobody knew it because it wasn't filmed then. Then I watched the movie after it came out. Then I read it in school as part of my english class. Then I watched the movie several more times.)
I have to admit that it's a very good book. I mean, I usually am a little skeptical about bestselling books and movies that all the girls totally freak out about ... but this one is just amazing. It is really thrilling, the fact that you can read it several times without getting bored (and it's not that I forgot about the story) can prove that. I just couldn't put it down.
But I don't want to put the cart before the horse.
"The Hunger Games" takes place in Panem, a state devided into twelve districts and the capitol. Every year, every district has to send two children, a boy and a girl, as a tribute to take part in the hunger games. The hunger games is a kind of TV show, celebrated as a sporting event by the people of the capitol, in which the tributes have to fight till death.
The sixteen-year-old Katniss volunteers to take part in the hunger games to save her originally chosen sister Prims life.
Once in the arena, Katniss tries everything to win the games and return to her home district.
As I already mentioned, the book is very, very thrilling. Whenever you think "now everything is going to be fine", the story takes an unexpected turn and Katniss finds herself in another hopeless situation.
Then there is just the right amount of love story in it.
And as it is narrated in the first person, the reader can easily identify with Katniss and does not know more about what is going on than her.
I would rank it somewhere between Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings as some real classic and must-read and recommend you not to listen to the groupies.
For the few people who haven't watched the film yet, here is the trailer. Read the book first, though.
Written by James Dashner and published in 2010, The Maze Runner is the first science-fiction story I read that is told from a boy's view.
Thomas can't remember anything of his life when he wakes up in a metal cabin moving upwards. Finally the lift stops and releases him into the glade, a place surrounded by a huge maze. There he is captured with many other boys. None of them knows why they're there and every day they try to find a way out.
The interesting thing about The Maze Runner is that during the whole story, in contrast to other science-fiction novels, neither the main character nor the reader knows what is going on. That's what makes the book that exciting and fascinating. Dashner shows some more aspects of the good old science-fiction than we know from The Hunger Games as he includes almost fantastic elements and does not directly base the story on any kind of apocalypse or war (which is why I almost spoil by telling you that it's science-fiction).
Of course, there is always a bad point about everything, so here is the bad point about The Maze Runner: I really missed the love story. Don't get me wrong, there is one, but it's like - let's say five percent of the whole story. Which might make it even more interesting for boys.
Here is some outlook:
The "The Maze Runner" book trailer and the movie trailer :)
Just two young ladies who need to spread their love for books.
What kind of book is in which category?