What? There's a blog hop about books? Like, the best books? I'm SO in!
So many books sucked me in and engrossed me for a spell. It's hard to narrow it down to just one. So, I'll try to base it on the most recent one. Last summer, I finally caved into the hype and read The Hunger Games. I am so glad I did. Ever since Lois Lowry's The Giver, and Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451, I've been fascinated by the dystopian genre. What would we do if society as we know it collapsed? How would we go on?
The Hunger Games does an excellent job of giving a sympathetic character with Katniss Everdeen.
Not only is she independent, but she takes care of her family and would do anything for them, including sacrifice herself, if she has to. That's how she ends up in The Hunger Games, a competition contrived by the government to keep the people in line after a previous rebellion.
Katniss is amazing in the games, and in the end, refuses to compromise her beliefs and follow the dictates of a corrupt government.
Of course, I could go on and on, but most have probably read it or seen the recent film. If not, I don't want to spoil it for you. Basically, it boils down to this--this book is about hope. All dystopians are about hope. Even though the conflict is great, the journey to salvation is worth it and leaves the reader hopeful that if the world ever did go crazy, we would survive and thrive.
Edge of Mercy before I read The Hunger Games, and though they both have a strong heroine, their journeys are very different. In Edge of Mercy, Charlie disguises herself as a boy to protect her sister from the monsters outside the community walls as well as the human ones inside. Her world is far from perfect, but they're all on the Edge of Mercy.
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