Durango has many problems in his life. He is dalit, a social pariah for failing to commit ritual suicide. In the highly stratified future Mars, dalit...moreDurango has many problems in his life. He is dalit, a social pariah for failing to commit ritual suicide. In the highly stratified future Mars, dalit rank somewhere below the miners who have been used, abused, and discarded. First there were the Orthocrats, willing to terraform Mars under any circumstance. Then, came the CorpComs with legions of soldiers in battle suits. Left behind were the draeu, cannibalistic beings with no rhyne or reason, other than to kill and eat flesh. But Durango has other problems. He is a Regulator, an enhanced soldier. He is also an outcast, a dalit, without a house or master. He also happens to be in love with one of his subordinates which is forbidden by the Tenets that guide his life. He is also the son of a CorpCom CEO currently in prison. Oh, and then there's also the need to find the coin to eat. In his corner, he does have his AI input as a constant Jimininy Cricket-like helpmate. The the davos he commands on the impossible mission is a motley crew to be sure. A davos should contain ten soldiers, but Durango only has five, plus an acoloyte. The action is non-stop, and you will definitely want to know more about Durango, his future, and the terraformed Mars on which he lives. Will he survive against all odds? Will he live withinin the Tenets, or will he break the sacred bonds that bind him?
The world that David Macinnis Gill has created is an incredibly complex one. At the end of the novel, I am wanting more, but I'm left with so many questions. Don't get me wrong, I love a good, grungy story set in the future. I do. I really do, but many parts of the main character's background, and that of the world in which he lives are still not clear to me. I'm sure this is exactly as the author intended, but I think it may be a hard read for those unwilling to put in the time that it takes to get invested in this very complex world.
We read this book for one of our book club books in 2010, and we all enjoyed it. It's an imaginative story with many open-ended questions left at the...moreWe read this book for one of our book club books in 2010, and we all enjoyed it. It's an imaginative story with many open-ended questions left at the end, which I always enjoy.
I pre-ordered this from Scholastic, just so I could get the Mockingjay pin. Yes, I am that big of a book nerd. As soon as it was delivered, we had sil...moreI pre-ordered this from Scholastic, just so I could get the Mockingjay pin. Yes, I am that big of a book nerd. As soon as it was delivered, we had silent reading each period at school that day, just so I could read a little bit more. When I got to the part with Peeta, I practically threw the book at the wall.
I am a huge fan of the series, but this is not my favorite book. I get that it's an anti-war book. You couldn't help but be beaten over the head repeatedly with that theme, but I think Collins took it from a fun, suspenseful series to read, to a personal anti-war diatribe. Ok, diatribe might be a bit strong, but I didn't like where she went with the characters. It was not what I was expecting and I was disappointed.
I still eagerly await for more from Collins. In between HG books, I tried to get into the Underland Chronicles, but I couldn't get further than the first book. It has cockroaches. Giant ones. *shiver* I just can't do it.(less)
Re-read in 2010 to get ready for Mockingjay. This is one amazing ride of a book. I loved the first book, but I thi...moreOriginally read in September, 2009.
Re-read in 2010 to get ready for Mockingjay. This is one amazing ride of a book. I loved the first book, but I think this one was even better. Collins took what I liked in The Hunger Games and kicked it up a notch. I am a sucker for the love triangle, and I remain firmly on Team Peeta. Loved this book.(less)