Will The Hunger Games Become A Classic?

When a book series hits it big it is very hard to tell whether or not it is a passing fad or if it has the driving force to be added to the classic literature canon. It will take years before we can officially dub it something like that. With The Hunger Games trilogy, I see potential. Given that these books are written for young adults I would like to point out there have been plenty of modern classics readable for youth that target a much wider audience– The Outsiders and To Kill A Mockingbird for example.  These books may not be dystopian but they surely were meant to educate youth about the corruption in society. The Hunger Games books may be modern but they discuss some serious issues– the increase in media violence, race relations, government corruption, and the frivolity in the

Watership Down, By Richard Adams

I first read this book when I was twelve years old and recently I pulled it from the shelf for a reread, due in part to discovering it had a sequel (but that’s another review). It was a pleasure to find it held up and remained engaging even after all these years, few things dearly recalled from childhood can ever truly manage this. Watership Down is about a group of rabbits that leave their burrow and search for a new place to call home. You might think, rabbits seeking a home sounds trite or even ridiculous for a novel’s premise, but the book illustrates well the hazards of life for a simple rabbit and weaves an impressive tapestry of culture for them. Everything from general cultural ideals to religion is touched upon, making for an impressive mythology. Their struggles show the

Nevil Shute’s – On The Beach

Many classic science fiction novels are passed over or age out of relevance. Such is not the case with Nevil Shute On the Beach. The novel’s relevance and the fact that it was made into a now classic 1959 film with Ava Gardener, Gregory Peck, Anthony Perkins, and Fred Astaire (playing one of the few serious roles of his career) has helped its legacy. The book takes place in Australia after WWIII has left every but Australia a nuclear wasteland. Our protagonist, Dwight Towers, is an American submarine captain who happened to be stationed in Australia while the rest of the world was destroyed “in a matter of minutes”. Although Australia is livable it is clear that in a matter of months the nuclear fallout will sweep down and kill the remainder of the world’s population. For all intents an