Sunday, February 9, 2014

Upcoming YA books into movies...

Movies of popular / favorite YA books are coming! If you don't know these books, here's your chance to read them before you see the movies. Or, since the books are almost always BETTER than the movies, you can see the movies first and then read the books to discover everything they left out!

Author: Richelle Mead
Movie release date: February 7

(that was Friday!)
Cast: Zoey Deutch, Lucy Fry,
Sarah Hyland

Part of a six-book series, Vampire Academy centers on young vampires who are trained to keep the peace against an opposing group of evil bloodsuckers. The first follows a half-vampire/half-human named Rose Hathaway, who is tasked with protecting a princess. Mark Waters is the director, who previously directed "Mean Girls." The tagline for the movie is "they suck at school." Enough said?

Author: Veronica Roth
Movie release date: March 21
Cast: Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Kate Winslet

In a dystopic version of Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a  particular virtue: Candor, Abnegation, Dauntless, Amity, and Erudite. On a particular day of every year, all 16-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. But what happens if you don't fit into any of the factions? What happens if you are "divergent"?

The Fault in Our Stars
Author: John Green
Movie release date: June 6
Cast: Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort

At 16, Hazel Grace Lancaster, a three-year stage IV cancer survivor, is clinically depressed. To help her deal with this, her doctor sends her to a weekly support group, where she meets Augustus Waters, a fellow cancer survivor, and the two fall in love. The book follows their unexpected relationship, which incorporates humor--the tag line here is "one sick love story." Bring tissues.

Author: Lois Lowry
Movie release date: August 15
Cast: Jeff Bridges, Meryl Streep, Alexander Skarsgard, Taylor Swift

In a dystopian future, society has eliminated pain, emotion, and color. A young boy named Jonas is designated the Giver, a position responsible for keeping the memories of the community safe. The novel follows his struggle to keep his society's secrets and protect their contentment at the cost of their freedom.

Author: James Dashner
Movie release date: September 19
Cast: Dylan O'Brien, Kaya Scodelario

The first in a series, The Maze Runner follows a group of teenage boys who wake up in a place called the Glade that exists inside a giant maze populated by monsters. The group is focused on how to escape the maze, but newcomer Thomas is more interested in why they are in there to begin with.

Mockingjay -- Part 1
Author: Suzanne Collins
Movie release date: November 21
Cast: Jennifer Lawrence,
Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth

The final book in The Hunger Games trilogy will be split into two movies, so Part 1 will tell only the initial half of Katniss Everdeen's rebellion to overthrow the Capitol in the aftermath of the Quarter Quell shown in Catching Fire last year. Part two won't come until 2015!

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