6 Book Sagas to Read on Your Commute to College

The concept of the “saga” dates back to medieval Iceland. It was this country that cultivated the art of telling multiple stories focused on the same character. Reading book sagas, we often get so used to the characters that we worry about them as if we were worried about loved ones.

In this article, we have collected book sagas of different genres: from fantasy and young adult to classics. They are definitely hard to put down – as soon as you immerse yourself in reading, time will fly by.

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The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins

The first part of the trilogy by the American writer was released in 2008 and immediately became a bestseller. The action takes place in a post-apocalyptic world, where after a global catastrophe in former North America, the dystopian state of Panem was formed. The state’s wealthy capital hosts an annual entertainment tournament, the Hunger Games.

The rules of the game are simple: each district (region of the country) is represented by two young people (a boy and a girl) aged 12 to 18. They become tributes – players of a reality show where one’s prize is survival. The event is held in the arena, where every step of the tributes is monitored by numerous video cameras, and the games are broadcasted throughout the country.

The main character, 16-year-old Katniss Everdeen, becomes a volunteer participant in the games. She joins the fight for life with another player from District 12, Peeta Mellark. The plot attracts not only with the dangers of the games themselves, but charismatic characters and a love triangle as well.

The adventures of the main characters are so exciting that one can easily forget not only about household duties, but school homework as well. Once you start worrying: ‘Is there someone who can write my research paper for me?’ when the deadlines are approaching, relax. There are many reliable services on the web these days that can complete the task for you on the highest level. 

If I Stay, by Gayle Forman

In case you loved ‘The Lovely Bones’ by Alice Sebold, ‘If I Stay’ is sure to win you over. The topics of the books are similar, as they answer the same question: where does the soul go after death?

The main character of the book Mia gets into a car accident. Her soul parts with the body and the girl observes the life of her loved ones from the ‘other side’. And while the body is in a coma, Mia has to make a choice: return to life, or die, following her family who died in the accident. 

The girl recalls the warmest moments of her life, relationships with friends and boyfriend, thinks about her dreams and plans. And finally, she decides on whether there are still people in her life worth living for.

Delirium, by Loren Oliver

Like ‘The Hunger Games’, ‘Delirium’ represents a post-apocalyptic world. The reality to which we are used to has undergone significant changes. Humanity strives for peace and the main source of unhappiness is believed to be love. The amor deliria is thought to be the most dangerous disease. To avoid illness, all 18-year-olds go through a procedure – a process of getting rid of memories, which carry the germs of this disease.

Lina is a young girl who is about to get the procedure done. However, she meets someone who changes her point of view. Trying to defend her beliefs and values, she is forced to flee from a hostile environment and fight for what matters most.

Divergent, by Veronica Roth

In a world built on the ruins of the former Chicago, people have formed five factions – some kinds of closed groups: Candor, Erudite, Amity, Dauntless, Abnegation. Each faction fulfills its function in society, and all of its members share a common set of character traits. 

The main character of the book, Beatrice Prior, grew up in the Abnegation faction, but has always admired the Dauntless, dreaming of joining them. Before the selection ceremony, her test shows an undefined result: she can join three factions at once, since she is a Divergent, a person with multiple inclinations. However, the government is afraid of the Divergents, so Trice is forced to hide her result.

At the selection ceremony, Beatrice decides to join Dauntless. She ends up in a training camp, where she begins to fight her fears. Beatrice also discovers that there are other Divergents, so will they continue hiding or will they start fighting the system? Read the book to find out.

Beautiful Creatures, by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

In the small town of Gatlin, people honor old traditions and don’t like those who violate them. Lena Duchannes is new in the city – she is the niece of a local outcast who, according to rumors, practices dark magic. Of course, the residents meet Lena with hostility, but luckily there’s one person who is friendly to her. And that’s her classmate Ethan Wate.

There is some kind of mystical connection between the two, and this is why some gloomy unexpected events begin to take place. Unrevealed family secrets, magic, intrigues of the past and a lot of gothic motives – all this makes the book incredibly interesting.

Gone With The Wind, by Margaret Mitchell

The cult novel begins on a cozy family estate in 1861. Scarlett O’Hara is a 16-year-old girl from a rich family – she leads a happy and carefree life. Scarlett can hardly imagine her life without expensive gowns and lots of admirers. However, her peaceful reality is destroyed by war. The girl confronts difficulties one after another, and thus shows perseverance, courage and willpower. And most importantly, Scarlett never gives up, no matter what.

O’Hara loses almost all loved ones, and where does she get her inner strength? How to stay fearless when your life is completely destroyed? The author also shows us another Scarlett – vulnerable and desperately in love with a person she will never be together with.

An unforgettable epic story gave us such immortal heroes as Scarlett, Rhett, Ashley and Melanie who are still winning over generations of readers all over the world.

In Conclusion

All of the sagas mentioned earlier are pretty well known – you’ve probably heard about them, or watched their film adaptations. There is something for everyone on this list, whether you are a fan of post-apocalyptic stories, mystical plots, or romantic affairs.

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