Before They’re Released 2: Books to Read Before You See the Film

content.chilifresh1. Divergent by Veronica Roth (March 21): In a future Chicago, sixteen-year-old Beatrice Prior must choose among five predetermined factions to define her identity for the rest of her life, a decision made more difficult when she discovers that she is an anomaly who does not fit into any one group, and that the society she lives in is not perfect after all.

2. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green (June 6): Despite the medical miracle that has bought her a few more years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal. But, when Augustus Waters suddenly appears at the Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be rewritten.

3. The Monuments Men by Robert M. Edsel (February 7): A special force of the American and British museum directors, curators and art historians race to preserve thousands of years worth of art and culture before they are destroyed by Hitler and his armies.

4. The Maze Runner by James Dashner (September 19): Sixteen-year-old Thomas wakes up with no memory in the middle of a maze and realizes he must work with the community in which he finds himself if he is to escape.

content.chilifresh-15. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn (October 3): When a woman goes missing on her fifth wedding anniversary, her diary reveals hidden turmoil in her marriage, while her husband, desperate to clear himself of suspicion, realizes that something more disturbing than murder may have occurred.

6. The Hundred-Foot Journey by Richard C. Morais (August 8): Follows the life journey of chef Hassan Haji, who progresses from his family’s modest restaurant in Mumbai to master haute cuisine in an elegant Parisian restaurant.

7. The Giver by Lois Lowry (August 15): Given his lifetime assignment at the Ceremony of Twelve, Jonas becomes the receiver of memories shared by only one other in his community and discovers the terrible truth about the society in which he lives.

8. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins (November 21): The third book in the Hunger Games trilogy. Katniss must set aside feelings of anger and distrust as she is swept up into District 13’s revolution against the Capitol.

9. Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand (December 25): The unforgettable journey of Louis Zamperini after his plane crashes at sea during World War II. Traveling thousands of miles on a life-raft on the open ocean and being captured by the Japanese, Zamperini’s story is one of resilience and strength.

content.chilifresh-210. This is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper (September 12): As Judd mourns the loss of his father and his crumbling marriage he is forced to spend a week with his dysfunctional family to honor the dying request of his father.


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