I came in reading this book assuming that this was a YA book and was proven wrong by the end of the first chapter. Gladiatrix is packed with action anI came in reading this book assuming that this was a YA book and was proven wrong by the end of the first chapter. Gladiatrix is packed with action and a certain degree of violence that definitely is not for your YA audience.
In short, the story centred around Lysandra, a Spartan priestess who was captured and enslaved as a gladiatrix. I don't read a lot of stories set in the classical times so I cannot judge how reliable or precise the details were, but as a reader, I enjoyed and managed to live in the world Whitfield created. The story is well-written and is plausible enough to be enjoyable.
The only flaw I can point out is the main character herself, Lysandra. She's very steely, proud and detached, and whilst that is for a reason, it didn't make it easy for me to relate or eventually like her. Not that it mattered much. In the end, it is still a good story and a good book to while away your weekend! ...more
If I could give a zero star review (or better, minus five stars), I would have. As this book does not deserve anymore of my brainpower than the ones IIf I could give a zero star review (or better, minus five stars), I would have. As this book does not deserve anymore of my brainpower than the ones I've spent to will myself to finish this book, then I will sum up my review in the one deserving word: atrocious....more
For the subject of the book alone, I would give five stars. I've been a fan of Take That for so long (let's say in that span of time, if I had a chil
For the subject of the book alone, I would give five stars. I've been a fan of Take That for so long (let's say in that span of time, if I had a child, the kid would be near graduating highschool by now) so the stars are a given.
Unfortunately, if I were to judge this as a book, then it barely warrants two stars. I know better than to expect good writing in a fan collectible book, but even I know that in the scale of fan collectible books, this book is bad.
The writing is that can't quite make up its mind between sounding overly fan-purple prose or snarky funny in a not-so-funny way. The only way I can describe it is that it's like a website meme prose. Good in short bursts but no cohesion that forms a narrative that makes it a readable, engaging story. Most of the time, the writing feels like the author is trying to flesh out research facts to reach quota for each chapter with overly sugary-sweet, almost false adoration. It just felt wrong.
Overall, bad writing, nothing new (not even the photos) but those photos made it worth the two stars!...more
I enjoy reading YA books but not a lot of them had me sitting and thinking about the story long after I finish. This one is one of the few that did thI enjoy reading YA books but not a lot of them had me sitting and thinking about the story long after I finish. This one is one of the few that did that to me.
I read the first book many years ago and whilst I liked the premise of the games, I found the parts where Katniss talked about Gale & Peeta to be too waffling and too much. Hence I decided not to read the sequels.
Until the movie came out.
I went on a trip not long after seeing the movie and bought the Kindle version to read on the plane. I was hooked again within the first chapter.
Like the first book, the second one had a strong story, retained some elements of the first book that made it familiar but at the same time also grew... more adult, less young. The issue on hand became a shade more serious and the reality became more brutal.
Of course it had to end in a cliffhanger.
The last book picked up the pace and still grew. It is almost a completely different premise to what Book 1 is, but you no longer care. Things are snowballing and they're snowballing big time... and as brutal, if not more.
What I admire most is again the growth. The story grew with you, transitioning from YA to a full-fledged dystopian book. It's gritty, it's strong, and somehow realistic. Katniss is a strong character with flaws, which makes her very human and very relatable. Moreover, the whole Gale & Peeta story is nicely retained without overwhelming the true direction of the story. The ending is perfect. Satisfactory without being too fluffy or extreme.
All in all, as a series, The Hunger Games is a story to be reckoned with, for kids, young adult, and adult readers all....more