Monday, July 26, 2010

My Favorite Overlooked Genre (And a Pre-Order Giveaway!)


So I just finished Hunger Games again for the millionth time. I don't know of a single person who has read Suzanne Collins's series and hated it. But people like it for different reasons. The love triangle pulls readers in. Katniss's badassery also does this, along with the serious social and political undertones. Don't get me wrong, I love all of this, but my favorite part of the Hunger Games series is....


Wait for it....


WAIIITTTT FFOOORRRR ITTTTT......

*cues Indiana Jones music*

THE ADVENTURE

Seriously, I'm such an adventure dork that I should have been born a boy. The risk, the outdoors. I loved The Hunger Games for Collins's amazing style and the intensity she brings to scenes, but mostly, it reminded me of a series of books I read as a wee child.



I inhaled Gary Paulsen's World of Adventure books in around an hour to an hour and a half when I was in fifth grade. I adored the novels' fast pace and gritty stories of survival.


So here's the juicy Contest/Giveaway: Tell us in a comment your favorite adventure novel and why (MG, YA, or Adult [But you'll get extra love from me if it's YA because I'm looking for some GREAT YA adventure novels to lose myself in as of late]), and one lucky winner will snag a PRE-ORDER of Mockingjay, the last installment of THE HUNGER GAMES!





(For additional entrees, one may tweet about the contest and let us know in your comment that you did so)

Contest Applicable to U.S. residents only. Sorry, guys. :(
Contest open until August 6th. Winner will be drawn August 7th.

22 comments:

KatieDoll said...

Favorite YA adventure novel is definitely RAMPANT by Diana Peterfreund. It's got *some* romance in it just like HG, but for the most part, it's straight up killer unicorn ass-kicking!

I've tweeted as well- http://twitter.com/sophisti_katied/status/19617820095

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Michelle said...

I was surprised to really enjoy the YA series Uglies. The titles of each of the four books turned me off at first, but the stories are imaginative and there's LOT's of action. Author is Scott Westerfeld.

I also retweeted your contest: Latest: TheGotYA Win a Pre-Order copy of MOCKINGJAY! http://tinyurl.com/23j6spv Retweeted by you less than 5 seconds ago

Michelle said...

forgot to leave my email: mtr@michellereynoso.com

Sarah Harian said...

No worries about email. I'll leave a post with my email for the winner later to contact me on the 7th

LM Preston said...

I'm still a MAXimum Ride junky.

Tara said...

Two suggestions for you: If you like old school fantasy adventure with sword fights and girls dressing as boys to become fierce warriors, check out Alanna by Tamora Pierce. If you like deep, philosophical sci-fi that asks hard, thought-provoking questions about identity and adulthood and gender differences and what it means to be human, try Patrick Ness's The Knife of Never Letting Go.

Taragel@aol.com

J. L. Jackson said...

I recently enjoyed the adventure in "The Eternal Ones". It's a good read.

Here is my tweet:
http://twitter.com/YourJenJackson/status/19619487076

Mary Brebner said...

Old-school, I love MY SIDE OF THE MOUNTAIN by Jean Craighead George. It's not so action-filled but it's all about adventure--living alone and surviving in the Catskill Mountains. Newer, I'd say Tamora Pierce rocks and so does Scott Westerfeld.

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SM Schmidt said...

Busting out an oldie but goodie, Dream Park by Larry Niven& Steven Barnes. It grabs you and never lets go until the last page.

Najela said...

I'm enjoying Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld. I also liked Silver Phoenix by Cindy Pon, I liked it more that I thought I would.

Izzy G. said...

Anything by Tamora Pierce :D

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Sarah N Fisk said...

I thought Uglies was a fantastic adventure, though it's not really labeled as one. I want a hoverboard!!

Everlost by Neal Shusterman. Graceling by Kristin Cashore. The Warded Man by Peter V Brett. Golden Compass!

And of course, the one that got me started on loving adventure: The Odyssey.

HH said...

My favorite is probably THE TRUE CONFESSIONS OF CHARLOTTE DOYLE by Avi. I read it about once a year, I love it so much. Charlotte surprises everyone when she puts away her frilly dresses and becomes part of the crew.

I've tweeted: http://twitter.com/HemngwayHeroine/status/19664743482

and e-mail is: blackmamba101@gmail.com

Heather Dougherty said...

I'm so with you. I just devoured Hunger Games. Katniss is bad-ass, and from the heart too. Sometimes a character is BA just because, or out of misery - she's BA out of love (for her sweet little sis) and plain old survival.

My favorite adventure book in recent times would definitely be Graceling (speaking of bad-ass). I do hate to be the one to throw Harry Potter in (so it's a magical adventure - that counts, right?), but his adventures (especially in DH) make me happy.

anthy said...

I'm going to second Tara and Izzy G. and say that Tamora Pierce's "Lioness Rampant" books are wonderful. :-) And I really love The Young Wizards series by Diane Duane (starting with "So You Want To Be a Wizard"), "The Dark is Rising" series by Susan Cooper, and "The Thief" by Megan Whalen Turner (and its sequels).

Thank you very much for the giveaway!

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anthy said...

Oooh, and I totally forgot the Percy Jackson books by Rick Riordan! Great Greek mythology adventure series.

And tweet! http://twitter.com/my_twitraccount/status/19786365335
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ooper said...

This suggestion is a little off the wall, and not nearly YA BUT, if I can convince you to read "Y: The Last Man" then I've dont some good. It's a graphic novel but don't let that undermine the great wrting. It's one of those stories that makes you gasp and cheer and keeps you thinking well after you put it down.

Anoter suggestion is one of my fave books and not YA either (but it's MG, so, close enough!): "From the Mixed Up files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler." Runnaway kids living in a museum. Can't go wrong.

Finally, a YA suggestion: the "Tomorrow When the War Began" series. Thrilling plot and even better, totally rush-worthy characters.

throuthehaze said...

Currently my favorite YA adventure is Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld. I am hooked on the story and there is so much action going on...I can't wait for Behemoth to come out :)

throuthehaze at gmail dot com

Angelica R. Jackson said...

I love Gary Paulsen's books, but I've never read that series. He is so good at disguising genuine literary writing as accessible novels for kids and teens.

I liked Peter Dickinson's Ropemaker, definitely an adventure there. But some of my favorites were from Lloyd Alexander--his Prydain chronicles, but also his Vesper Holly adventures. One says on the front, "Look out Indiana Jones, here comes Vesper Holly!"

How can you ignore a blurb like that?

Jessica Capelle said...

Love the adventure in Kristen Cashore's books, GRACELING and FIRE! Great contest!

jessicacapelle at gmail dot com

Blakely said...

I agree with Anthy - Diane Duane's Wizard books are excellent. I also love Ally Carter's Gallagher Girls books (the first is "I'd Tell You I Love You, But I'd Have to Kill You")

If you haven't read them, you should check out the old Myth series by Robert Aspirin. Full of goofy puns and crazy action!

Janine said...

I didn't think I'd read much adventure, but as I was reading the suggestions on this comments I was like, Oh yeah, that was a great book! So I second the Gallagher girls series and especially Leviathan, which I really liked.