Books to Read Before the Summer Blockbuster Movies Come Out
Some of our all-time favorite novels and memoirs are about to have their debuts as films. Here's what to enjoy on the page, as well as on the screen.
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This is the book written long ago, when
dystopian teen novels were a rarity. In a society where the populous is lulled
into a false sense of security—pain and suffering have been eliminated
in favor of a seemingly utopian state of Sameness—it's up to the chosen one, Jonas, to shoulder the
memories of the past. In the film, Jonas is no longer 12, but 16, and while
this makes for a more action-packed movie, what resonates so deeply in the
novel, is Jonas'
precarious position between childhood and adulthood. Another bonus for the
book? The world Lois Lowry creates is black and white (to illustrate the struggle
for individualism in a world that values conformity). Read it first before switching
— Jordan Foster