After reading the first chapter of The Hunger Games, I was convinced that I was going to hate this novel. Since I was reading the book as a class assiAfter reading the first chapter of The Hunger Games, I was convinced that I was going to hate this novel. Since I was reading the book as a class assignment, I continued reading and I am thrilled that I did. This novel introduces readers to Katniss Everdeen, a teenage girl living in the futuristic country of Panem. Each year the government holds the Hunger Games, a fight-to-the-death competition between twenty-four young participants called tributes. The games are meant to remind the people of Panem of a previous uprising against the Capitol and punish them for it by forcing them to watch the country’s children kill each other in the Hunger Games arena. At only twelve years old, Katniss’s sister, Primrose, is chosen to participate in the games and Katniss volunteers to go in her place. From that point on, Katniss must use her survival skills in order to be the last tribute standing.
The Hunger Games has a compelling plot, which keeps the reader engaged and interested in the main character’s struggles. Collins’s writing style really brings the plot to life. The novel is written in the first person so readers are able to understand what it would feel like to be in an intense, life-threatening situation like the Hunger Games. This writing style particularly suits this novel because Katniss is never sure what her competitors are going to do next, and since readers only have access to her thoughts, they also experience this feeling of uncertainty. Collins’s ability to make readers feel like they are in the Hunger Games makes this book an intriguing, thrilling read, for teens and adults alike. ...more
The Bad Seed is one of my all-time favorite films so, of course, I wanted to read the novel it was based on. William March’s The Bad Seed truly teacheThe Bad Seed is one of my all-time favorite films so, of course, I wanted to read the novel it was based on. William March’s The Bad Seed truly teaches readers not to judge a book by its cover and is even darker than the film adaptation. On the surface, the main character, Rhoda Penmark appears to be a polite, conservative eight-year old girl, but her mother soon realizes that her daughter is capable of horrible things. When Rhoda does not receive the Fern School’s annual Penmanship medal, she becomes obsessed with it. After the little boy who won the medal suspiciously drowns at a school picnic, Rhoda’s mother starts to unravel the child’s lies and realizes her daughter will stop at nothing to get what she wants.
March’s novel is suspenseful, haunting, and riveting. It combines elements of typical mystery novels with complex ideas of whether humans are born evil or if their environment influences their choices. Overall, this novel is thought-provoking, entertaining, and a great read! ...more