Today I'm also posting to talk about my favorite books! Hopefully most of you have read these--a few of them I will have to kill you over if you haven't. So...
I love The Giver because, first off, the incredible sameness that it begins with. The depictions of the society Lowry writes are incredible. They fascinated me the first time I read it, and they still fascinate me now. The Ceremonies especially are well-written. Secondly, I love all the moral questions The Giver raises, acting as dystopian fiction before dystopias were hot stuff. And Jonah is an extremely relatable character as well, his actions at the end especially proving him to be a great man.
Another gem of a series by a British author, this time a dude named Anthony Horowitz, would be The Gatekeepers. Originally intended to be children's horror, the series leans more into fantasy once you get past the first book, Raven's Gate. The Gatekeepers, like Harry Potter, is about combating the epic forces of evil, but in a much darker tone. It's about five superpowered children destined throughout the circle of time to fight and defeat the Old Ones, the epitome of evil, the very creation of evil. Though it lacks my favorite element, romance, it's well-written, heart-pounding, and the characters are strong. The last book is yet to come out, but I can tell you that the first four are incredible. Horowitz's writing in general is something to aspire to.
In the trilogy, Katniss is part of a pretty great love triangle with Gale and Peeta (I AM IN LOVE WITH PEETA. HE IS THE BEST ROMANTIC LEAD EVER AND MY FOREVER FICTIONAL CRUSH PEEETAAAAAA). However, the main focus of the series is, of course, the dystopia, the future country of Panem, which sends children each year to fight to the death in a televised arena. Katniss, naturally, blows the whole thing open.
The true brilliance behind this isn't just the amazing voice, the true characters, the fantastic world, or the thematic points it brings up. Or the beautiful romance. (Hi guys, I'm Kira, and I love romance.) It lies most of all in Suzanne Collins's ability to twist the plot, and your emotions, until you are totally raw. It's just incredible.
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