The Hunger Games

By Suzanne Collins

Place: Publisher & Year: New York: Scholastic Inc., c2008, 2009

Genres: Science fiction, adventure, dystopian, thriller

Series: The Hunger Games; 1

ISBN: 9780439023528

Intended audience: Young adult

Number of pages: 374

Setting: District 12 & the Capitol, Panem

Time period: Sometime in the future – after “the Dark Days, the uprising of the districts against the Capitol” (p. 18).

Plot summary: When Katniss Everdeen’s younger sister, Prim, is selected as a tribute for District 12 in the Capitol’s televised Hunger Games, Katniss volunteers to go instead.  With her hunting skills, Katniss has a better chance of surviving the games than her twelve year old sister.  In spite of this, it will take all of Katniss’s wits and a good amount of luck, to make it through the games alive. Continue reading

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The Shimmer

By David Morrell

Place: Publisher & Year: New York: Vanguard Press, 2009

Genres: Adventure, suspense, thriller, paranormal

ISBN: 9781593155803

Intended audience: Adult

Number of pages: 423 (including Afterword, Acknowledgements, and About the Author)

Setting: Rostov, TX

Time period: Contemporary

Plot summary: When Santa Fe police officer, Dan Page, returns home one day he discovers that his wife, Tori, has suddenly left him.  As he tries to figure out why she left  and where she is, he learns that she stopped in the small West Texas town of Rostov while driving to visit her mother in San Antonio, Texas.  While few people have ever heard of Rostov, the few that have know that the town is infamous for the inexplicable lights which appear at night outside of town.  Even though the government has been secretly studying the lights and their effects for years, nobody knows what cause the lights and not everyone can see them.

As Dan attempts to understand Tori’s fascination with the lights, a crazed gunman starts shooting at a busload of people who were viewing the lights.  It turns out that this is not the first time that someone has responded violently to the effects of the lights; however, this is the first time that the violence is mentioned in conjunction with the lights on national news.  As curiosity draws even more people to the town of Rostov, events become even crazier from the unexplained phenomena. Continue reading