As some of you may know I am a fan of the Twilight Saga books and movies, and also the Hunger Games trilogy and movie. Below is a picture of my gal Jess and I the night we went with some friends to see the final Twilight movie... sigh... in a way, I hate to see it end... in another, I felt it was satisfying to see it come to a close. As it always is when entertainment is concerned, we're on to the next thing.
And for a lot of us Twilight and Hunger Games fans the next thing could be one (or if you are me, ALL) of the following:
Divergent Trilogy - Summary: In Beatrice Prior’s dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is—she can’t have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.
Beautiful Creatures Series - Summary: Ethan Wate is haunted by dreams of a girl he’s never met. When Lena Duchannes moves into his small southern town of Gatlin County, Ethan is inexplicably drawn to her. And he is determined to uncover the strange connection between them, even if it means uncovering the one secret that could change everything.
I have personally read two or more in each of the above series. They all have engaging and creative characters that grabbed my attention and kept me interested in what might happen to them next. I love watching the relationships develop between characters throughout a series. I really enjoyed the worlds the authors created as the backdrops for their tales. The contrast of these worlds with my own is compelling. As a SAHM I find that I kind of like being able to disappear into a world completely unlike my own once in awhile and these books provide that sort of escape for me. I would not recommend reading Matched and Divergent back to back because of their similarities. They kind of blur together for me when I think about them now. ;-) Maybe read something totally unrelated between them or something. A little non-fiction maybe?
Both Divergent and Beautiful Creatures are being made into movies currently. I will definitely be looking forward to seeing those stories come to life on the big screen!