Just the other day, I noticed a tweet from a friend in my Los Angeles writing group who was unable to get any writing done due to the fact that she was completely engrossed in book called Mockinjay. I'd never heard of it, but a couple days later I saw a Facebook update from a friend in Michigan who had just borrowed Mockinjay from her teenage daughter and spent a lovely afternoon in a backyard hammock reading. I had to know what was up with this book.
Mockingjay is the third in the 'Hunger Games' trilogy written by Suzanne Collins. The books fall into the Young Adult category, but that shouldn't scare off grown up readers. The 'Harry Potter' phenomenon was brought to us directly off the YA bookshelf. I know as many adults as kids who've enjoyed those books. In fact, one of my friends left her kids at home the night we went to the Grove for the midnight release of the final book in the series. We both stayed up half the night reading as many chapters as we could.
So I downloaded the Hunger Games onto my Kindle and was swept away into a stark and uncompromising world. I was thrilled to find a female heroine at the heart of the story and found myself engrossed in the strange and wonderful world of the 'Hunger Games.' It reminds me very much of Orson Scott Card's Ender's Game -- which is one of my favorite books. And I'm savoring every click of the page.
And that's when I realized that while I don't always find a great read on the bestseller's list. More often than not I do find something interesting in the Young Adult section. The next time I'm looking for an intriguing new book I'm going to check out what the kids are reading -- I just might get hooked.