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For Fans of The Hunger Games

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The tag line on the front cover of this new and very intense book warns readers: “Don’t open your eyes.” But what happens as you read the book is actually the opposite: You can’t close your eyes until you’ve finished the book! This is one of those rip-roaring roller coaster books that you have to breathlessly speed read because you just have to get to the end to find out what happens.

Something terrifying arrives on our planet. And the only thing known about the phenomenon is that all it takes is one glimpse and the person goes on a crazy killing spree. The book follows the story of one survivor, Malorie, and her two young children. The narration goes back and forth in time between the present and the past. I found myself wondering if I could have done what the young mother did to protect her children, such as beating them if they opened their eyes.

So far both my teenage daughters and my mom have raced through the book, and all three loved it as much as I did. If you loved The Hunger Games, Divergent, Unwind, and Rot & Ruin (my favorite science fiction stories that take place in the future on Earth), then I have your next read!

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Quincy & Biddy: Unlikely Friends

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This is my favorite 2014 read so far!!! It’s one of those rare, beautiful, perfect books. You could literally stop reading this blog post right now and just request it at the library: It’s that powerful!

Quincy and Biddy are graduating from their high school’s special education program. Even though they are highly unmatched in temperament, their counselor matches them up as roommates in an apartment. They spend their first days and weeks together bickering and offending each other, but they slowly learn to see the world through the other’s eyes.

Quincy and Biddy have unique and clearly developed voices. They made me laugh, and they made me cry. I came to care about them as people, not just characters in a book. While the book is a joy to read, Quincy and Biddy’s lives are full of painful experiences. The book is uniquely organized; the characters take turns telling their evolving story.

I’ve tagged the book as “New Adult,” which is a relatively new literary category. New Adult fiction features characters just out of high school. These are adult books that tend to appeal to young adult readers. Or adult readers like me who love living in the world of young adult literature.

I think this book would pair well with the memoir, Riding the Bus with my Sister: A True Life Journey, by Rachel Simon (2003).

riding the bus with my sister

Tagged in: New Adult