This month in the Teen Scene. we’re displaying some books that either were recently made into movies or will soon be made into movies. You should read them, because it’s fun to smugly say to people “Oh, I liked the movie, but the book was better.” Everyone loves to hang out with people who say that!
(Film links go to IMBD, the Internet Movie Database.)
- Bendis, Brian. Michael. Avengers Assemble.
A perfect jumping-on point, featuring the cast of the summer blockbuster – but in Marvel Universe continuity! When the brand-new Zodiac rears its many heads, the Avengers must assemble to combat them. But who is behind the group’s return? None other than Thanos, the mad Titan, who has claimed Earth as his own! The Avengers team up with cosmic blockbusters the Guardians of the Galaxy to bring Thanos some cosmically-charged pain … but can even these two mighty teams stop Thanos from making Earth into the throneworld of his new empire? This explosive battle will change one of the Avengers’ lives – forever! (Film: May 4, 2012.)
- Blume, Judy. Tiger Eyes.
Resettled in the “Bomb City” with her mother and brother, Davey Wexler recovers from the shock of her father’s death during a holdup of his 7-Eleven store in Atlantic City. (Film: June 7, 2013.)
- Brooks, Max. World War Z.
An account of the decade-long conflict between humankind and hordes of the predatory undead is told from the perspective of dozens of survivors who describe in their own words the epic human battle for survival. (Film: June 21, 2013.)
- Brubaker, Ed. Captain America: Winter Soldier.
Since World War II, when everyone thought he died, Captain America’s sidekick, Bucky Barnes, has unwittingly served the Soviets as their deadliest undercover agent, the Winter Soldier. Now, Captain America, on a mission to prevent General Lukin from using a Cosmic Cube to bend reality to his liking, discovers that his friend is still alive in the heat of battle. (Film: April 4, 2014.)
- Card, Orson Scott. Ender’s Game.
Child-hero Ender Wiggin must fight a desperate battle against a deadly alien race if mankind is to survive. (Film: November 1, 2013.)
- Chbosky, Stephen. The Perks of Being a Wallflower.
A haunting coming of age novel told in a series of letters to an unknown correspondent reveals the life of Charlie, a freshman in high school who is a wallflower, shy and introspective, and very intelligent, it’s a story of what it’s like to grow up in high school, tracing a course through uncharted territory in the world of first dates, family dramas and new friends. (Film: October 12, 2012.)
- Clare, Cassandra. City of Bones.
Suddenly able to see demons and the Darkhunters who are dedicated to returning them to their own dimension, fifteen-year-old Clary Fray is drawn into this bizzare world when her mother disappears and Clary herself is almost killed by a monster. (Film: August 23, 2013.)
- Claremont, Chris. X-Men: Days of Future Past.
Relive the first journey into the dystopian future of 2013. (Film: July 14, 2014.)
- Collins, Suzanne. Catching Fire.
By winning the annual Hunger Games, District 12 tributes Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark have secured a life of safety and plenty for themselves and their families, but because they won by defying the rules, they unwittingly become the faces of an impending rebellion. (Film: November 22, 2013.)
- Dashner, James. The Maze Runner.
Sixteen-year-old Thomas wakes up with no memory in the middle of a maze and realizes he must work with the community in which he finds himself if he is to escape. (Film: February 14, 2014.)
- Ellis, Warren. Iron Man: Extremis.
Extremis has created a new generation of twenty-first century technologies which threaten Earth, and it is up to Iron Man to save humankind. (Film: May 3, 2013.)
- Fitzgerald, F. Scott. The Great Gatsby.
Jay Gatsby had once loved beautiful, spoiled Daisy Buchanan, then lost her to a rich boy. Now, mysteriously wealthy, he is ready to risk everything to woo her back. (Film: May 10, 2013.)
- Garcia, Kami & Stahl, Margaret. Beautiful Creatures.
In a small South Carolina town, where it seems little has changed since the Civil War, sixteen-year-old Ethan is powerfully drawn to Lena, a new classmate with whom he shares a psychic connection and whose family hides a dark secret that may be revealed on her sixteenth birthday. (Film: February 14, 2013.)
- Grahame-Smith, Seth. Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.
While Abraham Lincoln is widely lauded for saving a Union and freeing millions of slaves, his valiant fight against the forces of the undead has remained in the shadows for hundreds of years. (Film: June 22, 2012.)
- Green, John. The Fault in Our Stars.
Sixteen-year-old Hazel, a stage IV thyroid cancer patient, has accepted her terminal diagnosis until a chance meeting with a boy at cancer support group forces her to reexamine her perspective on love, loss, and life. (Film: TBA, 2014.)
- Marion, Isaac. Warm Bodies.
A zombie who yearns for a better life ends up falling in love with a human, in this original debut novel. R is a zombie. He has no memories, no identity, and no pulse, but he has dreams. He doesn’t enjoy killing people; he enjoys riding escalators and listening to Frank Sinatra. He is a little different from his fellow Dead. Not just another zombie novel, this is funny, scary, and deeply moving. (Film: February 1, 2013.)
- Meyer, Stephenie. The Host.
The earth has been invaded by a species that take over the minds of their human hosts while leaving their bodies intact, and most of humanity has succumbed. But Melanie Stryder refuses to fade away. Wanderer, the invading “soul” who has been given Melanie’s body, knew about the challenges of living inside a human: the overwhelming emotions, the too vivid memories. But there was one difficulty Wanderer didn’t expect: the former tenant of her body refusing to relinquish possession of her mind. Melanie fills Wanderer’s thoughts with visions of the man Melanie loves–Jared, a human who still lives in hiding. Unable to separate herself from her body’s desires, Wanderer yearns for a man she’s never met. As outside forces make Wanderer and Melanie unwilling allies, they set off to search for the man they both love. (Film: March 29, 2013.)
- Oliver, Lauren. Delirium.
Lena looks forward to receiving the government-mandated cure that prevents the delirium of love and leads to a safe, predictable, and happy life, until ninety-five days before her eighteenth birthday and her treatment, she falls in love. (TV series, TBA, 2014.)
- Roth, Veronica. Divergent.
In a future Chicago, sixteen-year-old Beatrice Prior must choose among five predetermined factions to define her identity for the rest of her life, a decision made more difficult when she discovers that she is an anomaly who does not fit into any one group, and that the society she lives in is not perfect after all. (Film: March 21, 2014.)
- Tolkien, JRR. The Hobbit.
Bilbo Baggins, a respectable, well-to-do hobbit, lives comfortably in his hobbit-hole until the day the wandering wizard Gandalf chooses him to take part in an adventure from which he may never return. (Film: December 13, 2013.)
- Waid, Mark. Superman: Birthright.
Reweaves the Superman legend incorporating his established history, from escape as an infant from the doomed planet Krypton to arrival as reporter Clark Kent at the Daily Planet. (Film: June 14, 2013.)