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10 Books to Read if You Were Delighted by The Hunger Games

10 Books to Read if You Were Delighted by The Hunger Games

So you are addicted to 'The Hunger Games' trilogy and are done reading them? Fret not! We, at Penlighten, have compelling reads for you on similar lines. Check them out, for you are sure to love them!
Penlighten Staff
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The Hunger Games Series―The Hunger Games, Catching Fire, and Mockingjay―garnered many positive reviews, and the first book was named one of Publishers Weekly's "Best Books of the Year" in 2008. It has also been translated into 26 languages.
A brave protagonist, lots of adventures, a cute love story, or even better, a classic love triangle, along with some science fiction elements, or a dystopian society as a background, and some violence to spice things up, and you have got a very interesting novel! The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins, sure is one of the most loved science fiction novels. We all loved The Hunger Games series; well, at least most of us did. We could relate to the protagonist Katniss, understand her struggles, even got inspired by her character, and in fact, it was very hard to keep the book down.
So, as a true fan, if you are missing out on the above action and are looking for something that's related, we recommend a few books like The Hunger Games that will make for a joyous read too.
Divergent
By: Veronica Roth
Published: 2011
Main Characters: Beatrice, Four, Caleb

A brave female protagonist, dyspotian society, dangerous journey, and a love story ... what more can you ask for? The book makes for an interesting read as we get absorbed in Beatrice's struggle between her family and discovering her own self. The society is divided into five factions Candor, Abnegation, Dauntless, Amity, and Erudite, which mean honest, selfless, brave, peaceful, and intelligent respectively. Beatrice, who later changes her name to Tris, joins Dauntless, and has to undergo some dangerous trials. But she is divergent, she does not belong to a single group, a secret that can kill her. Later, she realizes her seemingly perfect society is far from it, and may be her secret could her society. But what if it destroys her? The book ends with a cliff-hanger ending, so you just have to pick up the sequel!
Delirium
By: Lauren Oliver
Published: 2011
Main Characters: Lena, Alex

This book depicts a society where love is considered a disease- amor deliria nervosa, and is surgically cured when a person reaches the age of eighteen. Our protagonist, Lena is actually looking forward to the surgery, but falls in love with Alex, an outcast, just months before her surgical treatment. They both decide to run away into the Wilds, and join rebels who oppose the government. Unfortunately, she is captured by the government. The book ends as Alex gets killed, after saving Lena. Now you just have to read the sequel as well! The book makes for a very compelling read as Lena fights for her love, and realizes many other faults in her government.
Gone
By: Michael Grant
Published: 2008
Main Characters: Sam Temple, Astrid, Caine

The book is based in a fictional town, Perdido Beach, where everyone disappears as they turn 15. They just disappear- poof! The town is surrounded by an impenetrable energy barrier, and some of the inhabitants even develop supernatural powers. Nobody can enter or leave the town. All the children are stranded without any adults, and some mutants are developing as well. The protagonist, Sam, who has become their leader, must save the town from a malevolent creature called "Darkness." The book is followed by Hunger, Lies, Plague, Fear, and Light. The series is very popular with teenagers.
Legend
By: Marie Lu
Published: 2011
Main Characters: June Iparis, Day, Thomas

This book makes for intriguing read, especially if you love brave girls and bad boys. It is followed by two books, Prodigy and Champion. The story is based in The Republic of America, in the year 2130. Our two protagonists belong to entirely different worlds―June, a prodigy from a very rich family, and Day, the most wanted criminal in the country. Their paths cross when June's brother, Metias is killed. Day is a prime suspect, and June is assigned the task of capturing him. The book is about how when their paths cross, they realize that things are not what they seem like. There are many things that the Republic has hidden from them, and will go to any length to protect those secrets. June and Day must take a stand, and fight for the people they love.
Uglies
By: Scott Westerfeld
Published: 2005
Main Characters: Tally, David, Maddy

The Uglies series consists of three books - Pretties, Specials, and Extras. The story is set in the future post-scarcity dystopian world, where everyone has to get a cosmetic surgery when they turn 16. Well, being "pretty" is not as appealing as it sounds. Our protagonist, Tally is initially very excited to get the surgery, and become pretty, but later she realizes that the government is altering people's minds, along with their bodies. So she decides to join other rebels who have run from the city to another place called Smoke. She must now save herself, and the people she loves, from turning "pretty." The story propagates the idea that individual freedom is more important than the need for uniformity.
Graceling
By: Kristin Cashore
Published: 2008
Main Characters: Lady Katsa, Prince Po, King Leck

It is a young adult fantasy novel, which was followed by Bitterblue. Every being is "graced" with a special power. Katsa is an outcast as her power is killing, she killed a man with her bare hands at the age of eight. Her uncle has trained her, and uses her to kill his enemies. But, she starts a Council to help people who were wronged by their rulers. She meets Prince Po of Lienid, who convinces her that she can stop killing for her uncle. As they travel together, they fall in love, and Katsa realizes that her real grace is not killing, but survival. The protagonist is very brave, and her adventures make for an engrossing read.
The Maze Runner
By: James Dashner
Published: 2007
Main Characters: Thomas, Teresa, Alby

This book has been made into a major motion picture as well. It is followed by two books - The Scorch Trials (2010) and The Death Cure (2011). The protagonist, Thomas, is trapped in a maze along with other teenage boys. None of them have any memories left. He must find a way to save them all by escaping the maze as there are lethal creatures called Grievers, which are picking up boys everyday. Thomas decides to get bitten by a Griever, in an attempt to get back his memory. He eventually realizes that, the Griever hole is an exit, and the maze has a unique code. Join him in this adventurous ride!
The Matched Trilogy
By: Allyson Braithwaite Condie
Published: 2010
Main Characters: Cassia, Xander, Ky

Matched, Crossed, and Reached are the books in this rather interesting series. The story is set in a futuristic dystopian society, where the government decides everything for the citizens, even their "perfect match." Cassie, our protagonist, is very happy when she is paired with her best friend Xander, but a technical glitch pairs her with another boy Ky as well. She starts wondering if her match is right for her, and struggles between what she feels, and what she is told. What follows in the book, is the realization that the society is not what it seems like, and a daring fight by our brave protagonist.
The Mortal Instruments
By: Cassandra Clare
Published: 2007
Main Characters: Clarissa, Jace, Simon

The series has six novels - City of Bones (2007), City of Ashes (2008), City of Glass (2009), City of Fallen Angels (2011), City of Lost Souls (2012), and City of Heavenly Fire (2014). Angels, demons, shadow hunters, a brave girl, lots of adventures, and, of course a love track, these books are complete entertainers. You will love them all! Clarissa, our protagonist, discovers an alternate New York, when searching for her mother. There, she comes across all sorts of supernatural creatures like fairies, vampires, demons, and werewolves. She realizes that rescuing her mother won't be easy after all. Join her in her daring adventures!
The Lunar Chronicles
By: Marissa Meyer
Published: 2012
Main Characters: Cinder, Scarlet, Cress

The classic fairy tales get a new twist with cyborgs and androids! Imagine Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel, and Snow White in a futuristic world, sounds interesting right? There are five novels in this series - Cinder, Scarlet, cress, Winter, and Fairest. Each one of them are must-reads.