The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins was a breakthrough in blurring the line between young adult and adult fiction – and it was loved by all.
Heroic Katniss Everdeen has captured attention and stolen hearts on a global scale, and is likely to continue enchanting the generations to come.
But, if you’re ready for something new to try, here are some alternative novels to reignite that suspension of disbelief that’s been missing since the first time you read The Hunger Games.
1. The City Of Ember
Fans of The Hunger Games will love this because: It’s set in a world in which fighting for survival is essential.
Just like The Hunger Games, The City Of Ember, created by Jeanne DuPrau, is a post-apocalyptic novel. The novel tells of a city of light surrounded by darkness as it begins to turn black. The only way to survive is to venture through the unknown. Our young protagonist, Lina Mayfleet must show determination and bravery if she’s to find safety in the outside world.
2. The Maze Runner
Fans of The Hunger Games will love this because: This dystopian novel is also targeted at young adults and features a very determined protagonist.
The Maze Runner, by James Dashner, follows Thomas as he wakes up with no memory of his life before, aside from his name. With a battle against an ever-changing and limitless maze, will Thomas ever get back to whatever normality was before the Glade? A challenge that rivals even Katniss Everdeen, this sci-fi novel is one for fans of The Hunger Games.
Fans of The Hunger Games will love this because: it captures audience attention through a protagonist who dares to question society with ‘why?’
From author Scott Westerfeld, Uglies provides an extreme take on issues which we face in society today, such as ever-mounting media pressure to look a certain way. The novel is set in a future, post-scarcity dystopian world where inhabitants are forced to undergo extreme cosmetic surgery at the age of 16 to become “pretty”. Similar to Katniss in The HungerGames, Tally (the novel’s female protagonist) soon learns that succumbing isn’t an option.
Fans of The Hunger Games will love this because: It’s like a giant game of cat and mouse in a race for survival.
Marie Lu forces readers of Legend to consider a world in which the government will go to any length to keep its sinister secrets hidden. This political dystopian novel will be thoroughly enjoyed by The Hunger Games fans as we follow 15-year-old June to seek vengeance for the death of her brother. No-one can predict what she might uncover on her quest.
Fans of The Hunger Games will love this because: It explores a fantasy realm where those who are gifted are enslaved by the king, until an unlikely meeting leads to an epic, but dangerous adventure.
Graceling was a debut novel for Kristin Cashore. The fantasy story aimed at young adults follows the novel’s protagonist , Katsa, who has had the ability to kill a man with her bare hands since turning 8 years old. But this unusual skill with which she’s graced isn’t necessarily a gift. Katsa embarks on a mission to uncover a sinister secret hidden far, far away.
Fans of The Hunger Games will love this because: Underlying the action and dystopian setting is a romantic subplot.
From American author, Veronica Roth comes her novel debut: Divergent. We follow Tris through her world and we find that citizens are defined by their characteristics such as their personalities, in order to remove the threat of independent will. Just like The Hunger Games, Divergent is a work of young adult dystopian fiction. If you’re a fan of The Hunger Games, this novel is not to be missed.
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