This book is so not what I expected. I was pleasantly surprised. Should the sequel come out (which is in 2011), I am going too read it, that's for surThis book is so not what I expected. I was pleasantly surprised. Should the sequel come out (which is in 2011), I am going too read it, that's for sure....more
the fact remains that panem is a futuristic north america. north america is currently only 57% white, with that percentage decreasing. there is absoluthe 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.
Shusterman did a good job with the characterization. The voices he created were believable and thus realistic. Which made (most of) them likeable. I couldn't help but feel sympathy for Roland as well. Shusterman didn't try telling us if the UNWINDING ended sometime in the (book's) near future. Thankfully. Otherwise it would've felt forced. A thought-provoking, gripping book.
general: saoirse ronan is set to lead the indie drama how i live now, based on the novel by megan rosoff. directed by kevin macdonald (life in a day), the world war II tale follows a new york city teen named daisy (ronan) who heads to england to spend the summer with relatives. when bombs fall over london, daisy and a young girl named piper struggle to make it alone in the woods as they look for safety. [ article ]
movie vs. book [13. june 2012] the screenplay, though quite different in many ways from the book, is very good. emotional, modern, romantic, very english. (my husband didn’t like the presence of morris dancers in one scene, but that struck me as a fairly minor detail.) daisy and edmond are still cousins. a main character who survived the book fails to survive in the film, but it would be wrong to tell you who dies. the film starts shooting in approximately 10 days. [ blog article | rosoff ]
first picture of saoirse ronan on the set [11. july 2012]
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 fthis 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. ...more
Life is turned upside down, after an asteroid crashes into the moon and knocks it closer to the earth. Everything changes. Flooding. Earthquakes. VolcLife is turned upside down, after an asteroid crashes into the moon and knocks it closer to the earth. Everything changes. Flooding. Earthquakes. Volcanic eruptions. Which result in: Panic. Famine. Cold. Heat. No electricity.
We get to follow a family's struggle for survival when life as they knew it is over.
... my world keeps getting smaller and smaller. No school. No pond. No town. No bedroom. Now I don't even have the view out the windows.
The potrayal of the characters overall was actually ... good. For months I've been meaning to read this book, but never did. Boy, am I glad I finally did. Pfeffer did a wonderful job. I even cared for the characters which didn't have that much of a role in the book. (Peter, Sammi, Meghan).
Miranda changes from naïve to sensible & mature. It was incredible.
Do people ever realize how precious life is? I know I never did before. There was always time. There was always a future. Maybe because I don't know anymore if there is a future, I'm grateful for the good things that have happened to me this year. I never knew I could love as deeply as I do. I never knew I could be so willing to sacrifice things for other people. I never knew how wonderful a taste of pineapple juice could be, or the warmth of a woodstove, or the sound of Horton purring, or the feel of clean clothes against freshly scrubbed skin.
Her mother hated the president. Everytime she heard or saw something from him. She cursed. Hilarious.
"In other news today, the president said the country has turned the corner. Better times are predicted for the weeks to come with life being back to normal by May."
"The idiot's still alive!" Mom cried. "And he's still an idiot!"
i wish the book had been longer, because if you actually hold it in your hands ... - it's pretty thin. i inhaled the story. the book cover added to thi wish the book had been longer, because if you actually hold it in your hands ... - it's pretty thin. i inhaled the story. the book cover added to the story's sinister tone. ♥
some people complained about it being too slow. i sort of agree. twas slow, but not an unbearable slow, rather an enjoyable slow. i also think the slowness was necessary, so as for the reader to take in enough background information, in preparation for the line#2.
Where should I start? The story or the characters?
Alex Morales was unbearable. (You hear me Mrs Pfeffer?) Did he look after his sisters? Maybe. He wasWhere should I start? The story or the characters?
Alex Morales was unbearable. (You hear me Mrs Pfeffer?) Did he look after his sisters? Maybe. He was the one who brought in the food through the help of one of his school's colleagues (& later on friend) Kevin. In a time where money wasn't worth much, they both switched to bartering. But ... even if he did look after his sisters, - they looked after him as well.
Is it any wonder I don't like him? No? Allow me to explain: He must have thought he did all the important things. No, scratch that. He did not think that, he was actually convinced about that. That's what troubled me. AND Alex actually thought his little sister was spoiled. *scowl* Julie was more mature than Alex was with his almighty 17years! What a male chauvinist pig! Ugh.
It would be hard for him [ ... ] But Julie would learn to respect his decisions. She wasn't a bad kid, just spoiled and treated like a baby for too long. Her baby days were over. The world had no more room for twelve-year-old babies. They'd start tonight, he decided. From now on, Julie would be making supper. She'd get to decide what they'd eat. Bri had been doing the cooking, such as it was, but now Julie would. It would mean more work for her, but more responsibility as well. And she wouldn't be able to complain about the choices if she was the one doing the choosing.
Alex felt proud of himself.
[ ... ] Papi would be proud of me, he thought. I've taken care of my sisters. I've been a man.
- OMG, seriously?! Now he's even proud of himself? If I had a paperback/hardcover copy of this, I would've happily torn it to SHREDS and made a bonfire in my room!
Alex just made me SO sick & tired. His high self-esteem made him blind to what he was: arrogant. Alright, he wasn't all bad, but still, he didn't try to cook or tidy or wash his OWN laundry, but expected his SISTERS to do all that for him.
At one point he even admits, being somewhat childish and immature in a way:
Julie had been right, he thought. Someone broke in. All the food that he'd gotten from Harvey and he'd pretty much wiped out Harvey's supplies might be gone. The bottles of booze he'd held in reserve, the blankets and quilts, the two sleeping bags he'd been thrilled to find, the box of cigars, the coffee, the beer, the aspirin and vitamins and sleeping pills and cold medicines and antacids. The electric heater, the heating pad, and the electric blanket. The fur coats, the wool coats, the sweaters, and boots. He'd been an idiot to keep things downstairs. If Papi or Uncle Jimmy, or even Carlos, had suggested keeping the stuff in one of the upstairs apartments, he would have agreed. But it had been Julie, so naturally he'd overruled her.
I read in some reviews that it was wrong for Alex to just let Harvey go after he suggested Alex & Bri could find a better place to stay in exchange for ... Julie. You get the hint? Alex was very furious but he knew that the bartering was the only thing keeping him alive besides the food bags once a week. He let it go. So self restraint was the only sensible thing. Desperate times call for desperate measures.
Then there's the time where Alex thinks they might not make it and he considers "mercy killing" his sisters and himself.
While he'd traded practically everything he'd found in the medicine cabinets, he'd kept a half dozen prescription sleeping pills, so if he ever had to, he could drug Bri and Julie and smother them while they were sleeping. He was sure they'd be in a state of grace when they died and that was what mattered.
... Oh, yes PAT YOURSELF on your shoulder, why don't you?
SPOILER END / SPOILER END / SPOILER END / SPOILER END / SPOILER END /
Will Alex be in the last book? Unfortunatley, yes. Will I read the last book of the trilogy. Yes. *exhaustedSigh* No.
I can safely say that it's been a long time I truly disliked HATED a book this much!...more
2.25/5 be careful what you wish for ... with the first few pages, mason shares with us a crucial chapter in his life. the day the neighbor's dog bit him2.25/5 be careful what you wish for ... with the first few pages, mason shares with us a crucial chapter in his life. the day the neighbor's dog bit him, ultimately leaving him with a lifelong scar. the very same day he's being told some shocking news from his single mother:
"mason. i know i've always told you your father was ... gone. but it's not true. he just can't be your father right now." (arc, p3)
having said that his mother plays a videotape, revealing a man from the neck down, who's reading from a children's book.
and thus begins the story. taking place 10 years later. mason, now 15 years old, is a promising student attempting to get a trodyn scholarship, he dreams of being able to work in a laboratory, where brains rule, not looks.
"TroDyn industries was a huge scientific complex [...] mainly working on sustainability projects, the company supported the town." (arc, p9)
mason drives to his mom's work place in a nursing home, expecting old, care-dependent people, only to find his mother tends to a group of apparently brain-dead teens. after slipping the dvd (with his father reading from the book) into the player, one of them awakens. a girl. and she tells mason, she doesn't want the gardener to find her.
so he runs away. with her.
soon, people start following them & bit by bit the horrible truth unravels about who the girl is & what TroDyn has to do with it all.
not all researches are open to the public, but rather happening behind closed doors. bodeen uses this mysterious air, governments or companies create & explores the "what-ifs" in a gripping, chilling and eerily realistic way, you can't help but wonder what kind of research and experiments are being conducted without our knowing. and even IF we did know ... would we decide them being for the greater good? look the other way if someone were done an injustice?
for me the, romance part happened too fast. it was given too little substance and thus unbelievable. mason and the girl-without-name were fine enough on their own, individually and although they went through a lot of stuff together and even depended on each other to get closer to the truth, it didn’t convince me of their “romance” or whatever it is you want to call it. other than that it was easy to like our protagonist. the author's description of mason and the girl, definitely made me think of beauty & the beast ... he was kind, loyal and reliable. i liked the fact that mason mostly only spoke, if he actually had something to say, instead of trying to fill the quiet with meaningless words. the choices he made were believable as well. he seemed to be the only 3-dimensional character in this short book though, which is too bad.
the writing is smooth, the main character is both real and sympathetic and the futuristic plot elements were unsettling and fascinating. the only other thing i did not like (besides mason being the only fleshed out character, that is) was the ending or to be more specific: the epilogue. without wanting to give anything away ... i just felt the story could’ve done fine without it.
now, i don’t know about the intention of the author, but i’m guessing the characters weren’t that important anyway, it was more about the plot or rather the topics handled in the book, like immortality, death, beauty, sustainability, evolution, heritage, famine and yes, also civil courage.
the gardener will teach you a lesson that up-to-date topics needn't be boring, but can be entertaining and even educational on some levels, although the character development was mediocre at the most, it was nice enough to read. ...more