6 YA Books You Need to Read Before their 2014 Movies Come Out

There have been a slew of fantastic young adult novels published of late, many of which are undergoing the transition into film adaptations.  Here are six that I am looking forward to later this year.

Divergent

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Release Date: March 21st
This is by far one of my favorite books I’ve read in some time.  It takes place in a dystopian Chicago where society is divided into “factions” based on specific personality traits such as; Candor,for honesty, Dauntless, for the brave; and Erudite, meant for the knowledgeable, etc.  The story centers around Tris Prior as she makes her choice on her 16th birthday and discovers she has a secret that may change the fate of her entire world.

The Giver

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Release Date: August 15th
Based on the Lois Lowry novel, The Giver tells the tale of a futuristic society in which emotional pain and suffering have been overcome by adapting to a plan of “Sameness”.  The book follows Jonas, who is named The Giver and is chosen to be the “Receiver of Memory” as he discovers the choices of a world beyond his own.

The Maze Runner

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Release date: September 19
A boy named Thomas wakes up inside a giant maze called The Glade with a group of other teenagers and must figure out how to excape and why he’s there to begin with in this dystopian thriller.  Based on the book by best-selling author James Dashner.

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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay

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Release date: November 21st
The film, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part I picks up where Catching Fire left off, following Katniss as she leads the revolution against Capitol from within District 13.  For anyone who hasn’t picked up The Hunger Games series yet, it’s a highly recommended, action-packed dystopian saga, and one of my favorites.

All You Need Is Kill

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Release date: June 6th
This science-fiction book by Hiroshi Sakurazaka will be made into the film Edge of Tomorrow starring Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt.  It tells the story of an officer who is dropped into battle to fight an alien invasion who is quickly killed, only to find himself reborn to fight and die again each day.

The Hobbit

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Release date: December 17
I am a huge Tolkein fan and highly recommend this high fantasy book to anyone who hasn’t already read it.  It takes place before the action of The Lord of the Rings trilogy and follows Bilbo Baggins on his adventure to help the dwarves of Middle Earth reclaim the Lonely Mountain from the dragon Smaug.  This film, The Hobbit: There and Back Again,  will be the third and final installment in the series.