At the moment we’re in the between time of crazy Christmas festivities where you drink and laugh too much and the crazy new year festivities when you do it all over again. The family have all been and gone, the tree is looking sad and depressed with no presents and somehow the fridge has been emptied of alcohol. Now it is calm and quiet but strange that everything’s over and you don’t know what to do with yourself. At this point I would turn to a book to escape into an exciting new world of fantasy where your parents can’t frown at you for sleeping all day. I used to love reading but for a while I haven’t found a book that can keep me interested for very long however there’s 5 that I can always rely on…their pretty big…which can be a good/bad thing
1. The fifth wave -Rick Yancey
Set in the future, the earth is under attack from aliens in strategic waves that wipe out portions of the population at a time. Cassie, who believes she is the last human left embarks on her promise to come for her little brother Sammy at the military base where the soldiers took him. Only there’s something not right about the military base, are they preparing for a war against the ‘silencers’ or a war against something far bigger and more complex than they imagined? The book focuses on 3 different characters perspectives, using the 3rd, 2nd and 1st person and then brings the stories together. This book is so exciting from the first page and the pace of it never slows that even though it’s a pretty big book I read it in like a week I could not put it down. The third and final book in the series ‘the lost star’ is coming out in May and the film of the first book comes out at the end of January starring Chloe Moretz and Nick Robinson, the trailer which you can see here
2. The Hunger Games -Suzanne Collins
I’m sure you’ve heard your fair share of Hunger Games preaching by now that you don’t need me to tell you that it’s perhaps the most popular dystopian action novel at the moment. I think the books are wayyy better than the films so if you haven’t read them I definitely recommend it. They are stuffed with description and is fast paced and entertaining until the very end. The franchise is now finished but I don’t think the hype will die down any time soon and I’m the sort of obsessed person who’s read them three times and watched them twice.
3. Blood Red Road -Moira Young
Another dystopian novel set in the wastelands where laws don’t exist. When Saba’s brother Lugh is kidnapped on their 18th birthday, her and her little sister Emmi set out on a quest to rescue him. However the two are captured and Saba forced to fight in the colosseum where they meet a group of female warriors known as the free hawks. On this dangerous road Saba can trust no one. Not even the handsome thief who saves her life -and steals her heart. It’s written in a difficult way to understand at first, using slang and not using speech marks but you get used to it. The good news is that the film is currently being made, directed by Ridley Scott so I have high hopes for it!
4. Noughts and Crosses -Malorie Blackman
In a world where white people are noughts and black people crosses, the book inverts ideas of racism where white people are second class citizens and the black people control and rule them. Set against the backdrop of prejudice and distrust it is a story of a romance that leads into terrible danger. Can their love survive faced with the Liberation Militia -a violent terrorist organisation supposedly aimed at promoting equal rights between the two races.
5. Gone Girl – Gillian Flynn
Since the success of this book many other similar novels have come out which I don’t think having read this book has done it any justice. Centered around the disappearance of Nicks wife Amy, the media and police turn on him finding clues and evidence that present him as the kidnapper. The media and public turn against him forcing him to employ the best Lawyer he can find, ending in an unexpected turn of events at the end… The 2014 movie trailer starring Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike can be found here