We Recommend…Delirium by Lauren Oliver


Delirium by Lauren Oliver
Available formats: Hardcover | Paperback | Downloadable Audio Book | Book on CD | 3M Cloud Library eBook

Lena lives in a world where love is a disease and everyone over 18 is cured. But when Lena meets a boy and feels the first hint of love, her world is turned upside down. Lena starts putting the pieces together about the love disease and her mother’s disappearance from her life. The world-building in Delirium is fantastic and you’ll want to learn about the society that decides love is a bad thing.

This is the first of a trilogy and the second book, Pandemonium, doesn’t disappoint. There are also several short stories that give you a different perspective of the world Oliver builds and the third in the series, Requiem, is scheduled to be released in March 2013.

Considering all of the individual stories that take place over the course of the trilogy, it’s no surprise that there’s interest in adapting this series into a TV show.

Series Order:

  • Delirium (#1)
  • Hana” (#1.5) — See events of Delirium from Hana’s perspective — Lena’s best friend — in this short story
  • Pandemonium (#2)
  • Annabel” (#0.5) — A short story about Lena’s mother — chronologically, the events happen before Delirium and Pandemonium, but best read after the events of Pandemonium.
  • “Raven” (#2.5) — Scheduled release date: March 2013
  • Requiem (#3) — Scheduled release date: March 2013

We Recommend…The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker

The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker
Available Formats: Hardcover | Audio Book

The Age of Miracles is speculative fiction at it’s finest (think Margaret Atwood). It isn’t in-your-face science fiction, but simply a quiet coming-of-age story about eleven-year-old Julia. The author beautifully captures the heartbreak of the middle grades, while also exploring the societal changes that come with the earth’s rotation suddenly slowing down. A great debut and a wonderful novel for readers of all ages.

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The Hunger Games Readalikes

You’ve devoured The Hunger Games trilogy, you’re patiently waiting for the movie, and you don’t know what to read next? If you want more like The Hunger Games, take a look at the books below — you might find your next obsession.

Delirium by Lauren Oliver — Lena looks forward to receiving the government-mandated cure that prevents the delirium of love and leads to a safe, predictable, and happy life, until ninety-five days before her eighteenth birthday and her treatment, when she falls in love. (Love Delirium? Pandemonium is out now and Requiem comes out in March 2013!)

Bumped by Megan McCafferty — In 2036 New Jersey, when teens are expected to become fanatically religious wives and mothers or high-priced Surrogettes for couples made infertile by a widespread virus, sixteen-year-old identical twins Melody and Harmony find in one another the courage to believe they have choices.

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi — Ostracized or incarcerated her whole life, seventeen-year-old Juliette is freed on the condition that she use her horrific abilities in support of The Reestablishment, a post-apocalyptic dictatorship, but Adam, the only person ever to show her affection, offers hope of a better future.

Pure by Julianna Baggott — In a post-apocalyptic world, Pressia, a sixteen-year-old survivor with a doll’s head fused onto her left hand meets Partridge, a “Pure” dome-dweller who is searching for his mother, sure that she has survived the cataclysm. Look for the follow-up, Fuse, in 2013!

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For even more Hunger Games readalikes, check out this guide (you can even print it out!) and follow our Hunger Games board on Pinterest.

For a different look at The Hunger Games…ever wanted to eat like Katniss? Try The Unofficial Hunger Games Cookbook. The book includes several dishes mentioned in the novels such as lamb stew, roasted parsnips, and dark chocolate cake.

Want to try a more literary post-apocalyptic tale? Try

  • The Road by Cormac McCarthy — America is a barren landscape of smoldering ashes, devoid of life except for those people still struggling to scratch out some type of existence. Amidst the destruction, a father and his young son walk, always toward the coast, but with no real understanding that circumstances will improve once they arrive. Still they persevere, and their relationship comes to represent goodness in a world that is utterly devastated.
  • The Passage by Justin Cronin — A security breach at a secret U.S. government facility unleashes the monstrous product of a chilling military experiment. Then, a night of chaos and carnage gives way to sunrise on a nation, and ultimately a world, forever altered. All that remains for the stunned survivors is the long fight ahead and a future ruled by fear, darkness, death, and a fate far worse. (Look for the follow-up, The Twelve, later this year!)

Have we left something out? Tell us in the comments!

We Recommend…Ready Player One by Ernie Cline

Big fan of Pac-Man? Special place in your heart for Monty Python & the Holy Grail? Did you answer yes to those questions? If so, give Ready Player One a read. If no, still read Ready Player One because it’s packed full of 80s nostalgia, great writing, and an awesome tale of overcoming the odds.

The novel was also one of the most mentioned books from several librarians on Twitter!

Check out the publisher’s description and the book trailer to find out more:

It’s the year 2044, and the real world is an ugly place. Like most of humanity, Wade Watts escapes his grim surroundings by spending his waking hours jacked into the OASIS, a sprawling virtual utopia that lets you be anything you want to be, a place where you can live and play and fall in love on any of ten thousand planets.

And like most of humanity, Wade dreams of being the one to discover the ultimate lottery ticket that lies concealed within this virtual world. For somewhere inside this giant networked playground, OASIS creator James Halliday has hidden a series of fiendish puzzles that will yield massive fortune—and remarkable power—to whoever can unlock them.

If you like audiobooks, then it’s an added bonus because Wil Wheaton narrates this epic quest. We also have a copy in our downloadable audiobook collection!

For added content, check out Ernest Cline’s website and follow him on Twitter!

Book Club Kit: The Ask & The Answer

Patrick Ness - The Ask and the AnswerThe Ask & The Answer (Chaos Walking #2)
by Patrick Ness
First Published: 2009
8 Copies & Reading Guide

Don’t miss the first book in the series: The Knife of Never Letting Go

Fleeing before a relentless army, Todd has carried a desperately wounded Viola right into the hands of their worst enemy, Mayor Prentiss. Immediately separated from Viola and imprisoned, Todd is forced to learn the ways of the Mayor’s terrifying new order. But everything is shrouded in secrets. Where is Viola? Is she even still alive? And who are the mysterious Answer? And then one day, the bombs begin to explode…

Reading Guide:
The Reading Agency Reading Guide – Includes Author Info and Discussion Topics

Presenting LenoreReviewed February 2010 by Lenore Appelhans
Rhapsody in BooksReviewed January 2010

On the Web:
Patrick Ness’ Official Website – http://www.patrickness.com/
BBC News – “Writer for teens wins Costa Book Award

If you enjoyed The Ask and The Answer, you might like:
Wither by Lauren DeStefano
The Supernaturalist by Eoin Colfer
Divergent by Veronica Roth

Book Club Kit: The Knife of Never Letting Go

The Knife of Never Letting Go (Chaos Walking #1)The Knife of Never Letting Go (Chaos Walking #1)
by Patrick Ness
First Published: 2008
10 Copies & Reading Guide

Prentisstown isn’t like other towns. Everyone can hear everyone else’s thoughts in an overwhelming, never-ending stream of Noise. Just a month away from the birthday that will make him a man, Todd and his dog, Manchee, whose thoughts Todd can hear, too, whether he wants to or not, stumble upon an area of complete silence. They find that in a town where privacy is impossible, something terrible has been hidden.

Reading Guide:
Walker Books – Teacher Notes – Includes questions, theme information, and more
YHS Junior Community Book Discussion – Includes questions written by Book Club participants

The Guardian (UK) – “The Silent Bark” by Frank Cottrell Boyce
The Guardian (UK) – “And the Winner Is…” by Julia Eccleshare

On the Web:
Patrick Ness’ Official Website – http://www.patrickness.com/
Watch fan-made book trailers and reviews on YouTube.

If you enjoyed The Knife of Never Letting Go, read the rest of the trilogy:
The Ask and The Answer (Chaos Walking #2)
Monsters of Men (Chaos Walking #3)

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The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
The Maze Runner by James Dashner
Uglies by Scott Westerfeld

Book Club Kit: Unwind

by Neal Shusterman
First Published: 2007
8 Copies & Reading Guide

Connor’s parents want to be rid of him because he’s a troublemaker. Risa has no parents and is being unwound to cut orphanage costs. Lev’s unwinding has been planned since his birth, as part of his family’s strict religion. Brought together by chance, and kept together by desperation, these three unlikely companions make a harrowing cross-country journey, knowing their lives hang in the balance. If they can survive until their eighteenth birthday, they can’t be harmed — but when every piece of them, from their hands to their hearts, are wanted by a world gone mad, eighteen seems far, far away.

Reading Guide:
Simon & Schuster – Includes Discussion Topics, Activities, and Character Descriptions

The New York Times – “Young and In the Way” by Ned Vizzini
Common Sense Media – “Book Review” by Matt Berman
TeenReads.com – “Review” by Norah Piehl

On the Web:
Neal Shusterman’s Website – http://www.storyman.com/
Coming Soon! Check out the Unwind Movie Website
Follow Neal on Twitter: @NealShusterman 
Or if you’re not into tweeting – Like Neal on Facebook.
Find fanmade book trailers and watch an unofficial Unwind Movie Trailer (below) on Youtube:

If you liked Unwind, you might enjoy:
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Ugliesby Scott Westerfeld
Incarceron by Catherine Fisher
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood