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December 8, 2012
The Mining Journal

"Twilight" fans are mourning the end of their beloved series on the big screen and "Hunger Games" lovers are eagerly anticipating the next installment of the trilogy. Naturally, filmmakers are turning to Young Adult fiction in a big way to find the next blockbuster hit. But, you know the old saying, "the book was better". Check out these YA fiction reads before they hit the theater in years to come and see if this holds true.

The Divergent trilogy by Veronica Roth will interest "Hunger Games" fans. In dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue. In a plot point familiar to "Games" readers, once a year, every 16-year-old must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. Beatrice Prior must choose between staying with her family and being who she really is. She makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself. A highly competitive initiation follows and she struggles to determine who her friends really are, and where romance fits into her new life. But she also has a secret that can mean death and a growing conflict threatens to unravel her seemingly perfect society.

If dystopian romance is your thing, download the audiobook Matched by Ally Condie from PWPL's Overdrive collection to your listening device. Cassia has always followed the autocratic Society without question. When Xander's face is displayed on the screen at the Matching ceremony, she knows they are the perfect mates. However, Ky Markham's face also flashed on the screen, if only briefly. Although the Society claims it was a glitch and Cassia knows she is to be with Xander, she cannot stop thinking about Ky.

The Host by Stephenie Meyer, the natural next read for "Twilight" fans, will arrive in theaters soon. The earth has been invaded by a species that take over the minds of their human hosts while leaving their bodies intact, and most of humanity has succumbed. An invading "soul," who has been given Melanie's body, knew about the challenges of living inside a human. But there is one difficulty Wanderer didn't expect: the former tenant of her body refusing to relinquish possession of her mind.

Book One of The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones by Cassandra Clare will hit the big screen next summer. When 15-year-old Clary Fray heads out in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder - much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It's hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing - not even a smear of blood - to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy? This is Clary's first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. Clary is pulled into their world with a vengeance.

The Fault in our Stars by John Green takes us away from the dystopian genre and into more emotional territory about sickness and health, life and death. Diagnosed with Stage IV thyroid cancer at 12, Hazel was prepared to die until, at 14, a medical miracle shrank the tumors in her lungs. Two years post-miracle, 16-year-old Hazel is post-everything else, too - post-high school, post-friends and post-normalcy - until she meets Augustus Waters, a match, made at cancer kid support group.

- Heather Steltenpohl

Development Director



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