With the Oscars behind us this now is the perfect time to introduce some great books being made into movies in either 2012 or 2013. Some of these books are more recent and some of these books were written in the 1920s as is the case with The Great Gatsby. Most of these books seem to unite around a central theme where the characters are trying to decide whether it is worth the trouble to conform to societies or social groups that are more troubled than they appear to the general public. The only book not on following this theme would be World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War which is about the spread of a plague where humans turn into zombies. Read these books to find out what decisions the characters make and the consequences of those decisions.
Brooks, Max World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War (2012)
Chobsky, Stephen The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012)
This story sheds light about the experiences of a high school student, Charlie. The reader gets to know Charlie and his experiences through Charlie’s letters. The letters are a mystery. Charlie is devastated because of a tragic event that happened to his best friend and Charlie has alienated himself from his friends. Will Charlie fit in with a new group of friends? Will Charlie find a girlfriend who suits him? Is Charlie’s family life causing him trouble as well? Will Charlie be able to acknowledge his own dark secret and finally face his past?
Fitzgerald, F. Scott The Great Gatsby (2012)
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Card, Orson Scott Ender's Game (2013)
In this novel, government agencies mold child geniuses by training them as soldiers to protect against a hostile alien race’s next attack. Andrew “Ender” Wiggin lives with his parents, his brother Peter and his sister Valentine. Peter and Valentine were possible children to be trained as soldiers, but they just weren’t good enough. Ender is drafted to Battle School for the training. How does Ender deal with the loneliness of being away from his friends? How does Ender deal with the stiff competition among his peers in training with him? Is Ender the one who can save his world if the world can survive?
Westerfield, Scott Uglies (2012)
Tally is about to turn 16 and lives in Uglyville. Uglyville is a town set in the future where the citizens are trained to believe they are ugly until they are 16 and they undergo a surgery to turn them into “pretties.” Tally’s new friend Shay is also about to turn 16, but Shay does not want to be pretty. When Shay disappears and Tally goes after her friend. The authorities offer Tally the choice of finding her friend Shay and turning Shay in or Tally can never turn pretty. Will Tally still want to be pretty? Will the choice change Tally forever? How would the choice change Tally and the world in which she lives?