One thing I can say about this book, it DEFINITELY kept me turning pages right until the end. Overall I quite enjoyed it, but I think I expected to liOne thing I can say about this book, it DEFINITELY kept me turning pages right until the end. Overall I quite enjoyed it, but I think I expected to like it more than I did. It was a very interesting idea and was decently executed, but I found the writing style very flat and uninteresting for the most part, and there were some really clunky sentences. The characters were mostly well-developed, but there were some questions about them that I felt should have been answered, and weren't. I'll read the sequels and see if it gets any better from there.
(SPOILERS FROM HERE ON)
Things I liked:
-Katniss, for most of the book, especially the beginning through the middle. -Peeta, though I thought some of the things he did made very little sense. -Gale. -How Katniss sacrificed herself for her little sister. -Cinna. -Haymitch's development and what they implied about why he was drunk all the time and how he won the games. -The lack of plot holes. The events in the plot all fit together well. -The final twist that caused them to have to almost eat the berries. I predicted the twist in which two people could win; I did NOT predict the revocation of that rule.
Things I disliked:
-The romance. Felt contrived and way too rushed. -The fact that at the end of the book, it was practically ABOUT the romance and nothing else when that hadn't really factored in to the rest of the book at all. Was expecting something more... moral/revolutionary and less romance-y. -The lack of history or explanation as to how the world got to be the way it was in the book. -I didn't think the Capital acted like a realistic tyrannical governing body. The reason for the existence of the Games, for instance, could have been better explained and developed. -Wanted more information about precisely who Cinna is, though this is more of a personal thing than an actual critique on the writing (I tend to absolutely love at least one minor character in everything I read). Hoping maybe he'll get more development in later books....more
**spoiler alert** Augh. Auuuugh. At first, everything seemed okay: a few characters were introduced that sparked enough interest in me to keep reading**spoiler alert** Augh. Auuuugh. At first, everything seemed okay: a few characters were introduced that sparked enough interest in me to keep reading, and the premise seemed intriguing.
It was like the book couldn't decide what it wanted to be. The plot seemed incredibly contrived, characters existing merely to fill their role and then go away. And even the main characters... I read a whole book about these people and I still have no idea who they are! Doucette had little to no personality besides a few basic character traits until the very end, and even then, she seemed to change at the drop of a hat, no thought process to it whatsoever. Like I said: contrived. And the sad part is, the characters intrigued me at first - but only enough to keep me reading in the hope that they'd get more development. They didn't.
Plot-wise, it felt like nothing ever really happened. I mean, I guess things did, but there were never any real consequences for anyone's actions. Even when she goes through the Rassemblement, which has been lauded as incredibly dangerous with potentially disastrous consequences, blah blah blah... she loses a pinkie toe.
No, seriously. A pinkie toe. That's it.
And when she deserts her lover for no good reason and returns months later, out of the blue, when he's about to be married to someone else? He's annoyed at her for all of two seconds. Then they kiss and make up and everyone gets married and all is sunshine and joy.
God, please, just shoot me now.
It would almost have been better, for me, if the book had been wholly horrible from beginning to end. Then I wouldn't have the urge to take it and rewrite it so as to salvage what little there is that's worthy of salvaging. It could have been good. It just wasn't. At all. The best thing about this book, actually, was that it assured me for the umpteenth time that getting published must not be as hard as I think it is, if this sort of thing makes it into bookstores.
I'd give it one and a half stars, if I could. I think we'll just settle for one....more
This book was a special one. I went in not expecting to like it at all - I twitch at the mere mention of the word "romance," so it's not what I'd usuaThis book was a special one. I went in not expecting to like it at all - I twitch at the mere mention of the word "romance," so it's not what I'd usually pick up - but I ended up being surprised. There were things I didn't like about it, definitely. However, the metaphors - well thought out, but simple enough to understand - combined with a very sweet story that will make you rethink your definitions of "perfect" and "forever" made this well worth the read....more
I just could not find it as enjoyable as everyone else did. I'm thinking perhaps it's time that I move out of the the young adult fantasy genre and inI just could not find it as enjoyable as everyone else did. I'm thinking perhaps it's time that I move out of the the young adult fantasy genre and into adult fantasy, since most young adult fantasy these days, I tend to find disappointing for some reason I can never quite pinpoint.
I'm still not sure on this one. I guess I just thought it could've been done better....more