In this book, people have found a drug called "Longevity", which stops the aging process and cures diseases. The result? People no longer grow any old...moreIn this book, people have found a drug called "Longevity", which stops the aging process and cures diseases. The result? People no longer grow any older, and people no longer die of natural causes. As such, the world population could of course grow very rapidly and so they come up with a way to stop the world's resources being all used up: kids are not allowed. But what happens to the kids who are born anyway?
Surprisingly quick read, this dystopian novel. Built up the tension quite well, but there were a few things that were a tad too predictable and unlikely character-wise, also I wasn't as horrified by this dystopia as I've been by other books in the genre. But it's still very good, and should you like dystopias, you might like this (or at least the idea behind it) as well.(less)
Though I enjoyed this book (it was pleasantly written, a real page-turner, with quite an interesting idea for a story), it also reminded me of a few t...moreThough I enjoyed this book (it was pleasantly written, a real page-turner, with quite an interesting idea for a story), it also reminded me of a few things about YA literature that annoy the hell out of me recently.
a) It's a series. Why is everything I'm interested in lately a series? Can't we just write more awesome stand-alone novels as well?? b) The sense of hope in these dystopian novels is becoming boring to me. The individual stands up to the regime and will, most likely, win in the end (imo, it's more convincing if they *don't*, for shouldn't the society be stronger than the individual?). Of course I can't say that's true for this book yet, as it's only book 1 in a series, but isn't that usually what ends up happening? It's predictable. I predicted almost everything that would happen (view spoiler)[(Lena's mom being alive, Lena and Alex being captured but getting away - though I hadn't expected Alex to be hurt.. then again, they just might go off to save him in the next book.. you know, just to have a reason to keep the plot moving forward, like in Mockingjay from the Hunger Games series) (hide spoiler)].
That's not to say it wasn't a good book, and I did enjoy reading it, but I want to be properly surprised by a book for once. It happens so rarely nowadays. And sometimes, when I read dystopian fiction, I want to be properly scared. I must admit I haven't read too many YA dystopian novels, but then most don't even sound convincing in the blurb. Maybe I should just stick to adult novels for this genre, which are generally more frightening and offer a mirror for society. Somehow YA dystopias lack this depth (excepting, in part, The Hunger Games). If I am wrong about this, feel free to recommend me good books in this genre. But for now I think I should give YA dystopian literature a rest, as even relatively good novels are becoming boring to me.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
An insightful book on the The Hunger Games series. It's basically a collection of various essays written about the series. The topics cover a wide ran...moreAn insightful book on the The Hunger Games series. It's basically a collection of various essays written about the series. The topics cover a wide range of things, such as fashion, science, PTDS and reality-shows. If you're like me, you'll have found the series very interesting. You'll have had a great many thoughts, that are most likely bundled in this book. That doesn't mean it isn't gratifying to see someone else write it out quite a bit better than you can and occasionally I will read about a new perspective I hadn't considered before.
What I liked most about the essays was that it backed me up in one thing: shipping isn't by far the most important part of the plot. None of the essays deal with whether Peeta or Gale is the better choice of partner for Katniss (as a main topic). The one coming closest to that is an essay about love and even that focuses primarily on Prim. I personally find that the Team Peeta and Team Gale debate has gotten out of hand. For me personally the series was about something else entirely: the creepy world that is out there, the manipulation of people, the actual threat of real-life television. That yes people, The Hunger Games could become a possibility, and then I'm not talking about the odds of you meeting your own Peeta or Gale. I really couldn't care less about that, for me it's Team Katniss all the way and I've never really seen her as romantic. (For people who are also Team Katniss, there's one very interesting essay in here for you guys, which is aptly named "Team Katniss".)
For me my favourite essay was written by Sarah Darer Littman and it was called "The Politics Of Mockingjay". She got me quite easily by stating: "Hunger Games series the focus was never about Team Gale or Team Peeta the way it was for so many readers; the romance was a subplot." She continues to talk about the war in Iraq, and though you may be sick of that, she raises good points and it goes a long way in showing that dystopias are often not as dystopian as they may seem.
These essays serve to pick up on the wealth of material and themes as discussed in the The Hunger Games series. None of the essays are alike (though there may be times where they slightly overlap), and it will help you to let the scales fall from your eyes. The story of The Hunger Games is scary, mostly because so much of it is or could be real.
And I just wanted to give my kudos to Leah Wilson, who did a fabulous editing the book. I truly enjoyed the introductions to the essays and it will serve you perfectly if don't know whether a particular topic interests you or not.(less)
I was so completely underwhelmed by this book. I think I expected more of a book that was hyped up to be this good. If you ask me, it really wasn't. I...moreI was so completely underwhelmed by this book. I think I expected more of a book that was hyped up to be this good. If you ask me, it really wasn't. I liked the idea, but the execution was poor and hard to believe. I cannot comprehend these Factions (there are 5 Factions in this book, basically rules people live by, and they all represent one human ideal, and you're supposed to denounce the other 4 or you're ~dangerous.. the traits are honesty, intelligence, courage, love and selflessness, that I think every human being should have to some extent otherwise you're not exactly *human* and you'd have very flat characters.. and though the book had its fair share of flat characters, this didn't convince me that this was a system that could possibly work), why they work and why people would agree to them. It seems unhuman.
But I'm not in the mood to complain, and as Natalie and Loederkoningin have already pointed out what irked me in their excellent reviews, I shall just redirect you there, because I feel no need to waste more of my time on such a bland book and its rushed ending.(less)
Given the praise for this book, I had expected a lot from it. I had also seen the movie before, which had quite impressed me with its rawness. I expec...moreGiven the praise for this book, I had expected a lot from it. I had also seen the movie before, which had quite impressed me with its rawness. I expected the same from the book, but I didn't feel it. I felt the writing style was repetitive and bleak and not at all engaging; and though it worked for the story, it did not work for me. I don't think I ever fully got into the book, which is a shame, because I like to be drawn in.
One thing that wonders me is the use of apostrophes. Words like "shouldn't" were written without the apostrophe, whereas "that's" would be written with the apostrophe. Is there a reason for this selective use? It just got me curious, that's all.
All in all, a good dystopian story that quite depicts the loneliness, rawness and bleakness of the situation. It just didn't really make me feel anything and I think that's why in the end this book didn't really work for me. Shame.(less)
This disappointed me because, having discussed this book quite often in the lectures on dystopias, I had really high expectations. But frankly the boo...moreThis disappointed me because, having discussed this book quite often in the lectures on dystopias, I had really high expectations. But frankly the book just bothered me. The first book was one 40 page prologue to the idea of "Utopia", and a not very interesting prologue at that. The description of Utopia itself was dry. Plus, as others have pointed out, I don't see how this Utopia could exist for long, which kind of defeats the purpose. If you're writing about the perfect world, it should be able to endure and that was one of the reasons I didn't think this book very convincing.
It just wasn't an engaging read and the writing style bothered me. This was a real let-down. Shame.(less)
I think I cried through the entire book. It was so good, so real but also so horrible, that I wonder why I wanted to read it so badly.. but like said,...moreI think I cried through the entire book. It was so good, so real but also so horrible, that I wonder why I wanted to read it so badly.. but like said, it really was a very good book, even though I don't think I could handle reading it again for a very long time to come. Because this book broke my heart. And then a couple of times over.
I wonder why I'm even giving it 5 stars. Certainly not for the enjoyment. The impact, I guess..(less)
This book is far too captivating and really everything a dystopian novel should be, and maybe more. Whatever it is, it is positively scary. This just...moreThis book is far too captivating and really everything a dystopian novel should be, and maybe more. Whatever it is, it is positively scary. This just really takes over your mind.. but despite it being a dystopian novel, it's not completely without hope.. although the things that happen still drive me up the wall, the outcome could really go either way. It's interesting. I can't wait till the next book is released.(less)
Oh wow. This was so fantastic. I have absolutely no words, other than that I couldn't put it down at all and am very much looking forward to reading p...moreOh wow. This was so fantastic. I have absolutely no words, other than that I couldn't put it down at all and am very much looking forward to reading part 2!(less)
It's strange how a book that is so scary can also be so beautiful and hopeful. Yes, mankind can survive. Lovely message. Probably one of the best book...moreIt's strange how a book that is so scary can also be so beautiful and hopeful. Yes, mankind can survive. Lovely message. Probably one of the best books I've ever read.(less)