The only other book I've read in a single sitting was Watership Down, which is also sociopolitical commentary disguised in a children's story.
I saw the animated film version of that movie when I was a wee lad in 1978. Most of the kids' movies I had seen up to that point were Disney stories full of cheeriness and light. That one featured dying bunnies! I bawled through many parts of it. I have to admit that was a real problem; at that age, I wasn't really able to understand some of the deeper things going on. I was just sad at watching bunnies die. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Watership_Down
Watership Down has been described as an allegory, with the labours of Hazel, Fiver, Bigwig, and Silver "mirror[ing] the timeless struggles between tyranny and freedom, reason and blind emotion, and the individual and the corporate state." Adams draws on classical heroic and quest themes from Homer and Virgil, creating a story with epic motifs.
The book explores the themes of exile, survival, heroism, political responsibility, and the "making of a hero and a community". Joan Bridgman's analysis of Adams's works in The Contemporary Review identifies the community and hero motifs: "[T]he hero's journey into a realm of terrors to bring back some boon to save himself and his people" is a powerful element in Adams's tale. This theme derives from the author's exposure to the works of mythologist Joseph Campbell, especially his study of comparative mythology, The Hero with a Thousand Faces (1949), and in particular, Campbell's "monomyth" theory, also based on Carl Jung's view of the unconscious mind, that "all the stories in the world are really one story.".
The concept of the hero has invited comparisons between Watership Down's characters and those in Homer's Odyssey and Virgil's Aeneid. Hazel's courage, Bigwig's strength, Blackberry's ingenuity and craftiness, and Dandelion's and Bluebell's poetry and storytelling all have parallels in the epic poem Odyssey. Kenneth Kitchell declared, "Hazel stands in the tradition of Odysseus, Aeneas, and others". Tolkien scholar John Rateliff calls Adams's novel an Aeneid "what-if" book: what if the seer Cassandra (Fiver) had been believed and she and a company had fled Troy (Sandleford Warren) before its destruction? What if Hazel and his companions, like Aeneas, encounter a seductive home at Cowslip's Warren (Land of the Lotus Eaters)? Rateliff goes on to compare the rabbits' battle with Woundwart's Efrafans to Aeneas's fight with Turnus's Latins. "By basing his story on one of the most popular books of the Middle Ages and Renaissance, Adams taps into a very old myth: the flight from disaster, the heroic refugee in search of a new home, a story that was already over a thousand years old when Virgil told it in 19 BC."
# In Stephen King's novel The Stand, protagonist Stu Redman reads Watership Down non-stop for two days.
# In ABC TV's show Lost, one of the main characters, Sawyer, is shown several times reading the book.
# In the film Donnie Darko, the book and its film adaptation are viewed and discussed.
There's some "young adult fiction" that's crap. Don't even talk to me about Twilight
But I think WD is a lot like HG; it draws its power from invoking powerful myths (in this case, the Aeneid or the Odyssey, instead of Theseus and the Minotaur.)