A common thread for this week is post-apocolyptic literature. Hunger Games made a great movie, but there was another series on the shelf before Hunger Games that will really make you think about the future. This book is, Life As We Knew It, by Susan Beth Pfeffer. Life As We Knew It presents the scenario where the moon was hit by a meteor and pushed closer to Earth. Everyone was excited about witnessing this space event, until they dealt with the consequences. The moon affects so many things, the changing tides, light and darkness, cold and heat. The chain of events changed life as they knew it and made me as a reader think about what it would take to survive a world changing event.
Article 5 by Kristen Simmons has glimpses of Hunger Games and Divergent as society is controlled by the Moral Statutes and compliance is mandatory. The Bill of Rights is no longer valid and has been replaced by Moral Statutes. These rules do not offer any second chances as non-compliance leads to imprisonment and sometimes death.
The final book that I'll mention is Enclave by Ann Aguirre. Enclave is unique because it presents the zombie like monsters that developed out of medical testing. Those that have not been infected, are surviving underground or in small groups that daily fight for their lives. This is an 'I can't put it down book' and the third book in the series presents a very satisfying twist.