I've actually read both editions of the book, the '70's version and the '90's. I loved both. It's probably my favorite book ever, and I've read a lot...moreI've actually read both editions of the book, the '70's version and the '90's. I loved both. It's probably my favorite book ever, and I've read a lot of books. A classic story of good versus evil, with fantastic characters a reader can really care about. King is the only popular writer of ficiton I know of who can tackle issues of Christian faith without being preachy and still managing to appeal to just about anyone, regardless of their religion.(less)
I have always wanted to read this book but never really found the time. I found out I have to teach it this year, so I dove in head first once the sch...moreI have always wanted to read this book but never really found the time. I found out I have to teach it this year, so I dove in head first once the school year started (not an easy feat!).
I loved this book. What bibliophile wouldn't love a book about discovering the joys of reading and gleaning knowledge from said reading? What lover of history couldn't appreciate the concept that unless we know our history we are doomed to repeat it? I'm left with so many thoughts...
One of the things that makes this book so utterly fantastic to me, though, is its honest-to-goodness happy ending. If you haven't read it, that's the only spoiler I'm going to give. So often, these dystopian novels have sad, unhappy, or confusing endings. It's really nice to read a story that gives the reader a little bit of hope at the end, rather than a dire admonishment to straighten up or else! I'm really looking forward to reading and discussing it with my students. This will be fun!(less)
Basic plot: In a dystopian near-future Britain, the vigilante V fights to bring down the corrupt totalitarian regime.
When I noticed current politics i...moreBasic plot: In a dystopian near-future Britain, the vigilante V fights to bring down the corrupt totalitarian regime.
When I noticed current politics in the U.S.A. as I read this book, I was frightened. Alan Moore seems something of a prophet. Republicans and ultra-conservative Tea Partiers are pushing to eliminate programs that protect the rights of women, homosexuals, and minorities, to say nothing of what they'd love to do to those who aren't Christian.
The world of V is a world of concentration camps and oppression of those who are different. The nightmare of Orwell's 1984 in slightly more subtle reality. Utterly believable, one or two steps away from current political reality. Utterly terrifying.
I am frightened by the way some people can treat other human life with such utter disregard, and it almost makes me wish for a real-life V to come along. A hero willing to make the sacrifices necessary to prevent the worst from happening. Unfortunately, I believe in freedom for everyone, even the idiots. V is, after all, a terrorist more than a Robin Hood, and I can't condone his methods in our modern society. V's struggle reminds me, more than ever, that speaking out against injustice is vital. Complacency is deadly. If we allow the bigots and jerks of the world to have power and keep it, then we are tying our own nooses. If we don't speak up early and often, they will come for us next.
V is my hero, even if I wouldn't do things his way.(less)
I have wanted to read this book for a VERY long time. My wonderful hubby bought it for me for Valentine's Day. Some girls get roses, I get Communist S...moreI have wanted to read this book for a VERY long time. My wonderful hubby bought it for me for Valentine's Day. Some girls get roses, I get Communist Superman...
The art for the book was awesome- very reminiscent of propaganda art from the 50's. I loved the cameos by other heroes- especially the description of Hal Jordan and what he went through to become Green Lantern. Wow. It was a really intense book- not on the level of Watchmen, but still thought-provoking. I really liked the ending and the twist of it. I plan to re-read it again to give a more thorough review, but I don't know when.(less)
Basic Plot: Katniss competes in the Hunger Games: an all-out deathmatch forced upon the districts of a dystopian version of a fallen United States as...moreBasic Plot: Katniss competes in the Hunger Games: an all-out deathmatch forced upon the districts of a dystopian version of a fallen United States as a reminder of a past rebellion.
Ok, I've read all the hype, and generally I try to keep my head about me when people start gushing over whatever happens to be the current rage. Considering the amount of teenage gushing I heard, I put this book on my "wait" list. After all, teenagers are the reason Twilight became popular, so I naturally don't always trust their instincts. Well, color me impressed. This book was pretty darned awesome.
I'm going to try not to overdo it here, as the book has been so often reviewed and I don't want to get overly repetitive. The writing grabbed me quickly and completely with clean prose and Katniss's very matter-of-fact style of narration. If she seemed a bit thickheaded at times (thus driving many readers to insanity, especially the ones who like a little more romance in their teen novels), at least she was consistent. The pacing was excellent, especially considering the length of the competition and the amount of "down time" the characters had. Hunting and gathering for basic necessities as a part of the survival nature of the competition had the potential for lots of long, dull passages, but the author dealt with these issues without interrupting the reader's sense of urgency and anticipation. Almost from moment one I had problems putting the book down, as I wanted to find out what would happen next, but around the last 75 pages I completely tuned out everything and ended up staying up until midnight to finish the book because I knew I wouldn't be able to sleep unless I knew how it ended.
The author's portrayal of the dystopia involved a lot of tantalizing teases. There were hints as to deeper plotting and a possible rebellion. There were violent punishments doled out with little explanation. There were hints of disinformation campaigns and situations that made the society very complex. The issue of children murdering each other for other people's entertainment was portrayed very clearly as barbaric. It is a punishment for a past transgression, and everyone in the Districts knows it.
I wavered a bit on the final rating, just because my usual requirement for a 5-star book is that I either laughed out loud or actually cried while reading it. Neither of those happened, but the up-til-midnight-reading factor can't be ignored. I care about these characters. I want to know more about the society the author created. I'm fully planning to raid my library to grab BOTH of the other books so I can devour them as quickly as possible. These factors add up to a book well worth reading.(less)
Basic Plot: Katniss thought she was safe after surviving the 74th Hunger Games, but year 75 is a special year that pits survivors of past games agains...moreBasic Plot: Katniss thought she was safe after surviving the 74th Hunger Games, but year 75 is a special year that pits survivors of past games against each other. Katniss and Peeta are again tossed into the horror of the Games.
Holy crap. I mean it. Seriously.
I finished this book in about 24 hours, and could barely be dragged away from it for the duration. Ask my husband and he'll confirm this. As in any good dystopian tale, or any true heroic journey, the hero has descend into Hell to see the worst that Fate/the gods/the Capitol can throw at him (or her as the case may be) before being able to climb out and bring hope. Empire Strikes Back and all... Lemme say, Haymitch is the strangest damned Yoda ever.
I am violently anti-spoiler, so I'm simply going to say that I saw the end result of the book coming, but had no clue how it was going to happen in the end. I find the manipulation of Katniss to be amusing. She has to be one of the most clueless heroines in the history of literature. While it is mildly irritating, I find it irritating in a mostly good way. The author has picked out Katniss's personality and writes her CONSISTENTLY. I can't say how thankful I am for that fact. Our hero here is not all-powerful, all-knowing, or brilliantly intelligent enough to figure out every problem. She is a human, and a flawed one, trying to do the best she can.
I'm positively salivating at the thought of the last book.(less)
Basic Plot: Katniss has survived the Hunger Games- TWICE- and now has to survive being the symbol of the rebellion against the Capitol.
Well, my most p...moreBasic Plot: Katniss has survived the Hunger Games- TWICE- and now has to survive being the symbol of the rebellion against the Capitol.
Well, my most powerful reaction right now is honestly thankfulness I'm done with the series, or I'd really start to piss off my husband with my ignoring of everything else going on around me.
There were a few points in the book that dragged, not gonna lie. Katniss didn't know what to do with herself and had a trying time figuring out her role in the rebellion. There were moments when I just wanted to slap her upside the head and tell her to ACT! But as I have said with the other books, at least the author portrayed her consistently. This is a kid, a 17-year-old KID we're talking about here, who undoubtedly has PTSD from what she's been through along with a host of other problems. It makes sense, and it's written well. The pacing was overall pretty good. The ending was... satisfying. The reader knows that the author pretty much HAS to end the book in a certain way or the fans will riot, but how she gets there is not typical YA novel fare. It pleased me that the author didn't take some cheesy, hallmark, rom-com route in the end. I'd come up with some further deeply insightful analysis, but my brain is a bit fried from reading this entire series in such a short apan.(less)