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#1 Riotproof

Posted 08 December 2012 - 06:44 PM

He loved the Hunger Games, but is not a big reader normally, so I'm wondering if there's anything out there that's just as readable but also a bit thought provoking.

I've been playing around with WhatshouldIreadnext.com and it seems to be sticking to the exact same sort of story, which isn't what I'm looking for (unless it happens to be a really good book).

Any suggestions?

#2 PatG

Posted 08 December 2012 - 06:50 PM

Z for Zachariah

Scott Westerfield novels

Divergent series (Veronica Roth)

Enclave (Ann Aguirre) - I think there are two or three



#3 brazen

Posted 08 December 2012 - 06:57 PM

my nephew enjoyed matthew reilly and andy mcnabb

#4 Reader

Posted 08 December 2012 - 06:58 PM

Danny Katz has a newish one called S.C.U.M., written for boys around that age who don't particularly like to read novels. It's pretty funny. My 16yo son liked it.

My son also really enjoyed a series called 'Alone' by James Phelan. There are three books in the series: Chasers, Survivor and Quarantine.

#5 tomson

Posted 08 December 2012 - 06:59 PM

John Marsden's Tomorrow series? I thought this much better than The Hunger Games.

#6 twinboys

Posted 08 December 2012 - 07:02 PM

I was going to sat the "Tomorrow" series as well!

#7 *Caro*

Posted 08 December 2012 - 07:04 PM

I was going to say Matthew Reilly but Brazen beat me to it original.gif

#8 Seza

Posted 08 December 2012 - 07:08 PM

Hey, my 16 yr old brother and I love Matthew Reilly,

If your boy is a easily daunted by larger books try his novel Hovercar racer,
Or if he'd be ok with some grisly scenes Hell Island is also short but action packed original.gif

#9 Riotproof

Posted 08 December 2012 - 07:25 PM

Thanks for the ideas ladies, I'm looking at them all.

Does anyone have any thoughts on Percy Jackson? I liked the first movie, but I haven't had a chance to look at the books like I wanted to.

#10 PatG

Posted 08 December 2012 - 07:29 PM

Hitchhiker's guide to the galaxy
The Power of One
Kathy Reichs YA books - Virals, Seizure, Code


What sort of movies/tv does he like?

Edited by PatG, 08 December 2012 - 07:39 PM.


#11 Riotproof

Posted 08 December 2012 - 07:38 PM

He loves soccer, doesn't really read much per se, but he told his mother he always likes the books I get him. So, I thought that was a bit of a hint from him. Moviewise, he likes a lot of action though I can't list anything specific.

#12 Bob-the-skull

Posted 08 December 2012 - 10:05 PM

QUOTE (Riotproof @ 08/12/2012, 07:55 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Thanks for the ideas ladies, I'm looking at them all.

Does anyone have any thoughts on Percy Jackson? I liked the first movie, but I haven't had a chance to look at the books like I wanted to.


i enjoyed the percy books, they are better than the movie...

other good book depending on his interest is the dresden files... they are more supernatural though.

#13 StJerome

Posted 17 December 2012 - 05:15 AM

I haven't read them but a few of the older boys at work like the Michael Grant Gone series. I think there's about 5 of them now.

#14 livvie7586

Posted 17 December 2012 - 05:23 AM

QUOTE (PatG @ 08/12/2012, 07:50 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Z for Zachariah

Scott Westerfield novels

Divergent series (Veronica Roth)

Enclave (Ann Aguirre) - I think there are two or three


Z for Zachariah would be a bit young wouldn't it?  we had to read it at school when i was about 10.

OP, i recommend hitchhikers as a read to almost anyone, but it is a slightly acquired read.

what about Eddings/Feist/Sanderson (Brandon Sandersons mistborn trilogy is amazing, and was originally recommended to me by one of DH's mates)

#15 **Xena**

Posted 12 February 2013 - 12:39 AM

QUOTE (Riotproof @ 08/12/2012, 08:25 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Thanks for the ideas ladies, I'm looking at them all.

Does anyone have any thoughts on Percy Jackson? I liked the first movie, but I haven't had a chance to look at the books like I wanted to.


Books are awesome and way better than the movie.

Dresden Files, Skullduggery Pleasant, Magician series, Dragonlance Chronicles

#16 Riotproof

Posted 12 February 2013 - 08:59 AM

Thanks for the suggestions. I should have come back to say, I bought him http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/12954620-falling-kingdoms



#17 kpingitquiet

Posted 12 February 2013 - 09:31 AM

The Unwind series by Neal Shusterman. AWESOME. It focuses on a pro-life/pro-choice civil war aftermath and the "compromise" procedure that was created as a peacemaking compromise. It's freaky and through-provoking and he's the perfect age for it (unless he's particularly sensitive).

#18 The Awesome One

Posted 12 February 2013 - 12:38 PM

DH liked/likes Terry Pratchett. What about the Tomorrow Series by James Marsden?

#19 chevbrock

Posted 23 February 2013 - 08:53 PM

I liked the Tomorrow series, too - but not the Ellie chronicles thing he did after.

As a shameless self-plug, I have self-pubbed a novel called "Kicker" set in the sport of freestyle motorcross. Not so much thought-provoking, but entertaining. It has a few four-letter words, though.

#20 wilding

Posted 29 March 2013 - 07:32 PM

My brother was obsessed with the biggles books growing up  unsure.gif , but this site may have more ideas though http://www.teenreads.com/

#21 CupOfCoffee

Posted 29 March 2013 - 07:44 PM

I have a 15 year old who isn't much of a reader for fun, but he does love graphic novels (watchmen, v for vendetta etc).

#22 Box of Frogs

Posted 19 April 2013 - 01:11 PM

Haven't read all the replies but the Laws of Magic series by Michael Pryor are a great read. Sort of steampunk alternate universe type thing - lots of fun, bit of romance, boys own adventure. Also an Australian author.

Or the Rangers Apprentice series?


#23 Bone Apple Tea

Posted 19 April 2013 - 01:20 PM

QUOTE (StJerome @ 17/12/2012, 05:15 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I haven't read them but a few of the older boys at work like the Michael Grant Gone series. I think there's about 5 of them now.


I was coming to recommend these books - my 15 year old DS loved the series.

#24 Sofiasworld

Posted 19 May 2013 - 12:54 PM

Ender's Game - Orson Scott Card

#25 Sofiasworld

Posted 19 May 2013 - 12:56 PM

Ender's Game - Orson Scott Card




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