It seems like November is the month for movies based on YA books being released. While Catching Fire, the sequel to The Hunger Games, seems to be grabbing the most attention there is more than one YA book gracing our screens this month. November started off with the release of Ender’s Game, which came to the big screen on the first of the month. Yesterday saw the limited releases of The Book Thief and How I Live Now. Thus far I’ve read 3 of these titles (still need to dive into How I Live Now) and I’m pretty exciting to see their film adaptations
Set in Earth’s future, the novel presents an imperilled mankind after two conflicts with the “Buggers”, an insectoid alien species. In preparation for an anticipated third invasion, children, including the novel’s protagonist, Ender Wiggin, are trained at a very young age through increasingly difficult games including some in zero gravity, where Ender’s tactical genius is revealed.
Trying to make sense of the horrors of World War II, Death relates the story of Liesel–a young German girl whose book-stealing and story-telling talents help sustain her family and the Jewish man they are hiding, as well as their neighbors.
To get away from her pregnant stepmother in New York City, fifteen-year-old Daisy goes to England to stay with her aunt and cousins, with whom she instantly bonds, but soon war breaks out and rips apart the family while devastating the land.
By winning the annual Hunger Games, District 12 tributes Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark have secured a life of safety and plenty for themselves and their families, but because they won by defying the rules, they unwittingly become the faces of an impending rebellion.