Welcome to 2012, otherwise known as the year The Hunger Games hits theaters! (Yes, I'm anxiously awaiting March.) I'm sure it's going to be another wonderful year here on The Romance Dish. I know we're going to have lots of great YA news and book reviews in my monthly Teen Menu posts. So let's get started.
Speaking of The Hunger Games, there's an awesome new movie poster out now. Lionsgate, the film's distributor, held an online scavenger hunt to find pieces of the poster. Once assembled, it's way cool. What do you think of it?
Universal Pictures recently acquired the rights to YA novel Daughter of Smoke and Bone. I've not read this book yet, but I've seen it in stores.
Paramount Pictures has acquired the screen rights to Colleen Houck's Tiger's Curse. This is another book on my to-read list. It got a lot of buzz at the beginning of 2011.
This past month, I managed to read a very enjoyable YA book during all the holiday craziness. Ashfall by Mike Mullin is the first in a post-apocalyptic series about Alex, a teenage boy from Iowa, and what he endures after the supervolcano under Yellowstone National Park explodes, sending the planet into a prolonged winter with no sunlight. I've always loved stories of survival and that's what Ashfall is at its core. Alex, who was home alone when the volcano erupted, sets off on a journey to Illinois to find his parents and younger sister, who had gone to visit Alex's uncle. Along the way, he meets people who help him and others who are a threat to his very life.
When the way we are used to living is sent into chaos, man quickly descends into basic survival mode. With no electricity, dipping temperatures, air that's dangerous to breathe, no way to travel other than on foot, and the constant search for food and water, Ashfall is an edge-of-your-seat read. It's one part scary and one part hopeful, particularly when Alex finds people who haven't lost their humanity or kindness in the midst of the eruption's aftermath. He has to grow up fast and learns there's more strength in him than he ever knew. He also finds an unexpected friend, and perhaps more, when Darla, a teenage girl, and her mother nurse him back to health after he's injured by one of the people bent on taking whatever the want however they can.
The sequel to Ashfall, Ashen Winter, is scheduled to be released in October.