the fact remains that panem is a futuristic north america. north america is currently only 57% white, with that percentage decreasing. there is absolu...morethe fact remains that panem is a futuristic north america. north america is currently only 57% white, with that percentage decreasing. there is absolutely no reason to make a leap and believe that panem has more white people than we do now. if anything, looking at scientific population projections there would be less. suzanne collins did not need to spell this out for you in the book. it is common knowledge that north america does not equal the USA alone, and that it is the most racially diverse continent on earth, with all evidence pointing to it only growing in diversity.
the hunger games films are racist and practice whitewashing because they are an adaptation of a book about a diverse nation of people overwhelmingly of color, featuring a prominently white cast.
Graceling proved a sour note to end on. (..) The novel's premise--it takes place in a fantasy world in which certain individuals, called the graced, a...moreGraceling proved a sour note to end on. (..) The novel's premise--it takes place in a fantasy world in which certain individuals, called the graced, are born with innate talents, and Katsa, the teenage heroine, appears to have a grace for killing--has a lot of inherent potential for drama. Katsa was not only born with a fearsome skill (expressed for the first time when she accidentally kills a visiting cousin at the age of eight) but has been exploited for it from a very young age by her uncle, the king, who uses her as his thug and enforcer while hiding behind the rumors he propagates of her cruelty and bloodlust, even as he exerts control over her every choice and movement. Its execution, however, is practically benign, downplaying much of the difficulty and horror of Katsa's situation. The worldbuilding is also much too simplistic, and often casts a shadow on the novel's plot and characters, as allegedly real people are forced to move in cardboard-thin political and social systems. Katsa, for example, has rebelled against her uncle by establishing a network of noblemen and warriors that spans several kingdoms whose purpose is to promote justice and right wrongs, but in practice it operates like a fantasy-world A-Team. Later in the novel, Katsa is stunned by the realization that she can take a lover without marrying him, which she then does with hardly any qualms or consequences, when the very fact that such a possibility had never occurred to her before would seem to suggest that she lives in a society in which extramarital sex is forbidden and punished. There are some nice notes in Graceling--as other reviewers have noted, Katsa is the epitome of the badass female heroine, and her journey over the course of the novel towards independence and self-control makes the perfect counterpoint to her innate skills; her romance with another graceling called Po is a well-sketched portrait of a relationship in which the woman is in almost every way the stronger partner, and there's an engaging sequence near the end of the novel in which Katsa and the young princess she's protecting escape their enemies by traversing an impassible mountain range in the dead of winter--but they don't quite make up for what is, on the whole, a thin and unsatisfying novel. [ asking the wrong questions / abigail nussbaum] (less)
this is like nothing and everything i expected it to be.
born into a world of violence, 18-year-old lyn, the daughter of 7 neo-gladiators decides to f...morethis is like nothing and everything i expected it to be.
born into a world of violence, 18-year-old lyn, the daughter of 7 neo-gladiators decides to fight uber, the guy who killed her 7th father and took her dowry bracelet, so she can claim her now threatened independence and prevent being a glad-wife like her mother, who represents everything she doesn't want to be. but there's also thad, her unusual 8-year-old brother, seemingly able to predict the future, who she wants to take care of.
before i started reading, i had this idea about a lot of fighting and action in this book. and i couldn't haven been more wrong about this aspect, since it's focus lies on relationships. both broken and mended. not on the romance, which the book's blurb leads to believe. i'd like to reference to a neat, short review here < click >. nearly half the book consists of flashbacks, illustrating lyn’s life from year zero, bit by bit. her tense relationship with a depressive mother. then, her quirky brother and of course her friends, but also the way lyn handles her grief when the unthinkable happens and must decide on what she wants and stick to it.
haines’ uses dashes instead of quotation marks, which irritated me and her writing style confused me at some occasions. definitely took me some time to getting used to it.
if you expect an action-packed hunger games-like book. go elsewhere. this book’s not for you. but if you are willing to try something new. go for it. you’ll like it.
the ending leaves space for making up your own ending or the author writing a sequel. i’m happy with both options. (less)
i found the many bits and pieces of the story intriguing, so no surprise there that it was so many things at once: unsettling, beautiful, dark, grippi...morei found the many bits and pieces of the story intriguing, so no surprise there that it was so many things at once: unsettling, beautiful, dark, gripping, weird, magical & creepy. written in a beautifully refreshing narrative style which emphasized the story (and ultimately its narrator as well), --sometimes easy, often difficult for me to follow--, it is about a girl trying to find a place in the world... in a story centered on (fallen) nobles & all the other people serving those nobles it has many intrigues, conspiracies, playing off people against people and so on, but with lots of space for world building & character development.
since i wasn't able to understand many of the things that happened, i wasn't sure how to rate the book. 2.5 stars for not understand all of it & thus also not being able to enjoy the story in its entirety? or 3.5 stars for being utterly fascinating, never mind I didn't grasp the whole book? my conscience battled throughout the night and decided to settle on ... ~~ dramatic music ~~... 3 stars.
conclusion quote it is blasphemy to separate oneself from the earth and look down on it like a god. it is more than blasphemy; it is dangerous. we can never be gods, after all—but we can become something less than human with frightening ease. still… I could not help drinking in the view. it is important to appreciate beauty, even when it is evil.
2 stars for the (view spoiler)[reincarnated (hide spoiler)] deadly beautiful (aren't they always, --sigh) star crossed lovers plot device 3 stars for a...more2 stars for the (view spoiler)[reincarnated (hide spoiler)] deadly beautiful (aren't they always, --sigh) star crossed lovers plot device 3 stars for atmosphere, setting & writing
the rights to laini taylor's imaginative story about a mysterious girl, an otherworldly romance and demons who traffic in teeth has been bought by universal pictures, according to a statement from the studio. [ article ]
likeable female protagonist on a quest to save her sister. loved the parts about the family. as an individual pal (you know, drinking beer on th...more3.75/5
likeable female protagonist on a quest to save her sister. loved the parts about the family. as an individual pal (you know, drinking beer on the porch with), i'd have liked him, but as a serious love interest, he was .. bleh so far.
"I do all right, considering the Council takes care of my foo...more3.5/5
"Clocks are too expensive for an icarus."
"I thought you earned a reasonable salary."
"I do all right, considering the Council takes care of my food and housing and provides me with a uniform and armature. But a clock would just be a luxury. There are plenty of public clocks I can look at, and the church bells, of course."
"Are you saving your money for something important?"
The question surprised her. It seemed intrusive, although she didn't have any reason not to answer. “Retirement, I guess. I don't know. I don't need much to be happy. Just a few friends, my wings, and the sky."
tighly plotted. fast paced. tons of adventures. lovable beasts. open endings. strong, independent female lead. what more could i want? cassandra...more3.5/5
tighly plotted. fast paced. tons of adventures. lovable beasts. open endings. strong, independent female lead. what more could i want? cassandra rose clarke's sequel is better than her debut, a feat not many authors can boast to have accomplished. bravo!
very entertaining, especially as tess, the female lead bends the rules as she sees fit and challenges the ways men and women are supposed to beha...more3.5/5
very entertaining, especially as tess, the female lead bends the rules as she sees fit and challenges the ways men and women are supposed to behave. but as with all of elliot's novels, this one as well is overwhelming in its length and (for me somewhat exhausting in) narrative. skipped the lengthy (boring) parts with charles/marcus's pov.(less)