There's a simplicity in the writing style that makes an impact. This is one of those books that will stay in your mind and ponder an answer...more4.5 stars.
There's a simplicity in the writing style that makes an impact. This is one of those books that will stay in your mind and ponder an answer to one of the teaser lines...what would you do if you had to choose?
Right from the beginning, I felt an ache inside. Mia and her family were picture perfect and knowing that tragedy was awaiting them a few pages away...it was already killing me. Directly after the accident occurred I felt like it was one of those moments in movies where all sound is suddenly cut off and you're walking in a daze. When Mia looks around at the aftermath, it was haunting complete with chills. It really did feel surreal. It's even more heartbreaking that this story was inspired by a family the author knew.
I admire the way Gayle Forman arranged this book, alternating it from Mia present in the hospital to some significant moments in her life before. Although this book is short, readers are easily drawn into Mia's life. I instantly loved those important people in her life and felt a sense of loss as well.
There are two very powerful scenes in If I Stay that really moved me more than anything else in this book, when Gramps talked to her, and the last moment with Adam. Especially in the latter, I swear I could feel my heart shattering. It was an extremely poignant scene. I can't get it out of my mind.
Life, death, love, music...Gayle Forman wove them together into a beautifully moving story.
On another related note, film rights for this book have been acquired. If I Stay has the potential to be an amazing film if done right but it also could fall flat. I don't know, I'm often not on board with turning books into films. I guess I'll just try to keep an open mind until I find out more about it.
A few days ago Jamie Blackley was cast as Adam in the film adaptation of this book. Personally I was thrilled with the choice because I already knew he's both a good actor and singer (Spring Awakening, And While We Were Here, etc.). It helps that he also perfected the American accent and even has the "Adam look" down pat which is a big deal since I'm always picky when it comes to casting for book-to-film adaptations.
Anyway, once I heard this news I was inspired to reread If I Stay. This is my third time reading this and it still hits me hard. Loved every page. (less)
An underground enclave called College struggles to live in a world of tunnels, darkness and frightening f...moreReview originally posted on Wit & Fancy.
An underground enclave called College struggles to live in a world of tunnels, darkness and frightening flesh-eating creatures called Freaks. Life is daunting as the elders are withered by the time they’re in their mid-twenties and don’t even live to the see their forties; young brats are quick to die with disease and famine—sadly enough, they’re only called Boy or Girl along with a number. Girl15 has worked hard all her life to be worthy of the title Huntress, to be one of the brave citizens who protect and provide for the entire enclave. Naming day arrives where she’ll finally become an adult by receiving a name—Deuce—and her long desired occupation. Teamed up with the mysterious outcast Fade, Deuce soon finds out that the Freaks are evolving and will prove to be a bigger problem than they already are. Moreover, Deuce is finally seeing how unfairly the elders run the enclave. Events eventually lead to the two partners being exiled to Topside where Deuce’s world is turned upside down.
I was quite drawn to Deuce from the beginning. She had a great narrative which really brought me into the novel. It was depressing to read how limited her world was because the elders had sheltered her so much. There were telling signs she had a different mentality though. She had this innate compassion for those weaker than her which didn’t exactly express the Hunter attribute “the strong survive.” It was interesting as she dueled with having both that Hunter mindset but also caring for others.
Deuce’s partner Fade also drew me in. He’s a misunderstood loner who’s seen as rabid, possibly part-Freak, because he wasn’t a native enclave member. I enjoyed learning more about his past, though I thought it was easy to conclude his origins. Fade pushed her to take a closer look at their enclave and its ways, which is where Enclave begins. They formed a partnership early on as they relied on each other to survive. It subtly grows though they can be a little frustrating since they’re both emotionally immature.
One of the most striking aspects of Enclave is its underground world. It’s almost entirely void of color, of light. It is a frightening place crawling with Freaks that are evolving and could soon provide a bigger problem than they already are. There are strict rules enforced which oppress the society as a whole but are thought to keep order. I don’t agree with how the leaders ran things but I understand that it’s what they know and strongly believe will keep order. Unfortunately the enclave politics and its characters are abandoned, nearly forgotten as the novel moves on to Topside where the landscape consists of city ruins and nature.
Since politics are excluded, Deuce and Fade are on more of a journey to seek a new haven. There is an entirely new feel in the Topside world that is one of adventure. Reading through Deuce’s eyes as she explores the world in child-like wonder was incredibly endearing. Can you imagine the shock of seeing the vast blue sky and experiencing the scorching sun for very first time? The stark contrast of her status in the two worlds also intrigued me because she’s starting all over again—so unfortunate after just obtaining a place in her enclave society.
Topside is dangerous in its own sense with new threats for Deuce and Fade to face. This novel is not for the faint of heart. Topside has a crude, harsh way of life which made me cringe. Young men run rampant in gangs, keeping woman for breeding purposes. Their lifestyle was how these people were raised; what they believed was the way to survive. It did raise a question on whether such characters could be redeemable. Personally, I’m not sure how it’d be possible.
One complaint I have to point out is Deuce’s hallucination towards the end. I understood what it provided but it still felt out of place and strange. Besides a few oddly composed sentences, I liked Aguirre’s simplistic writing style; it was effective and blunt. I also want to note the the passages from George MacDonald’s The Day Boy and the Night Girl. I thought it was a great addition that slightly paralleled with Deuce. There is a lot to take in while reading Enclave but it’s all extremely engaging. I highly recommend this if you’re looking for a fast-paced story with a refreshing look on the post-apocalyptic theme. (less)
Yeah, that's right—5 stars, glitches! This book is massive champ. Sorry, I just had to find a way to use that Dweller slang somewhere in this review....moreYeah, that's right—5 stars, glitches! This book is massive champ. Sorry, I just had to find a way to use that Dweller slang somewhere in this review. Ha. Now that I got that out of my system let's get down to business.
Under the Never Sky is set in the future where the world is ravaged by Aether storms that strike the earth with fire. Humanity's forced to split into two different societies—the Dwellers and the Outsiders. The Dwellers live in dome Pods and people go about their daily business wearing a Smarteye—it's a device that allows them into a virtual reality (Realms) where everything is “Better than Real.” There's no fear, no stress, just a psuedo-life of doing whatever your heart desires. Want to become a mermaid and swim around? Go on ahead. Interested in the Medieval times? With a quick tap of a button you can be there. The Outsiders are just the opposite. They live off the land—think to more primitive times with hunters and gatherers—and are split into small tribes led by a Blood Lord. There's also something special about people who live out under the Aether. A few of them have enhanced Senses (smell, sight, sound), a sort of mutation from exposure. For example, someone with a smell Sense can scent if someone lies. Someone with a sight Sense can hear miles away.
Aria has lived all her life under a dome logged into the Realms. In an attempt to reach her mother (who she hasn't heard from in days) in another dome, Aria's caught breaking several rules that nearly bring down the whole Pod. As a result she gets banished to the outside world, left to die. Perry is an Outsider who's gifted with two Senses—sight and smell. Tension brews with his brother, the Blood Lord of their tribe, and it's to a point where he needs to leave or fight him for leadership. But then a fellow tribe member is kidnapped on his watch and he flees to get that person back. On his trip, he meets with Aria. Although they don't like each other, they decide it's in their best interest to help each other find their loved ones.
Before I really delve into my opinion on this book, I noticed how this novel shared similar elements to other sci-fi/dystopia novels I've read within the past year. Everything from Ready Player One, Enclave, Blood Red Road, and Across the Universe. There's a long journey by foot, search for a loved one, an addicting virtual reality, crazed mutated humans, false sense of utopia, enclosed societies, rumors of a safe haven—it's all here, but Veronica Rossi certainly makes her own mark with an exciting new approach and world.
The writing was simple, straightforward—it easily thrusts you into this world. And let me tell you the world building was striking and vivid. Majority of the novel takes place outside the Pods and for that I'm glad because I enjoyed going along with these characters and exploring the real. There's just something about adventure/journey books that spark my interest, especially one as engaging as this is. I loved reading about the characters trudging on to new places and meeting new people (by the way the minor characters are brilliant and captivating). It gave a fast-paced feel (hell, they run from cannibals and wolves, dodging any Aether falling from the sky). On a different note, I did find the justification for Pods and Realms fascinating as well. It's not entirely odd that part of society would revert to technology in order to keep the masses from going crazy. Today we are so immersed in it anyway, why not make it a permanent way of life. It was better left to explanation rather experiencing it through a character's eyes, though. Don't get me wrong, the Realms do sound interesting, but at the same time I feel like I'd get bored with it if that was the backdrop for the novel.
Under the Never Sky is written with a dual narrative which I appreciated so much. I think it gives a great insight to the main characters Aria and Perry and kept it fresh. I got quite invested in these two, also. With Aria, I was pleasantly surprised. I figured as someone who's been sheltered she'd be an annoying damsel in the distress the entire time, utterly useless. Nope. Not to say that she didn't have her stumbles and flaws, but she was determined and kept trekking on, no complaints on her physical pain—there was something admirable about that. I thought she went through a great transformation, if you think of how far she came from the first page to the last, evolving into who she was meant to be.
Perry, hands down, is one of my favorite male protagonists I've ever come across. He's a layered character with so much weighing on his shoulders. He's had a rougher life than Aria's seemingly pristine one, living with what some (his family) have said to be a blessing and a curse (those two Senses). I think his best trait was his innate compassion. He hated Aria, but even so, he protected her, he tended to her wounds. And not just with Aria, but with a few minor characters as well. He sort of sneaks up on you and steals your heart.
And the romance! It's so, so well developed. I think I would have punched this book in the gut if it had the characters instantly falling head over heels in love. There was a lot of animosity between Aria and Perry in the beginning. Understandable under their circumstances, a dislike based on ignorance and (view spoiler)[the aftermath of what happened in Ag6 (hide spoiler)]. But then there's a mutual agreement between them that slowly eases into a camaraderie and then into something more. It felt believable even though in reality it was only a few weeks. And with what they go through, I'm not at all surprised they formed a strong bond. This is a biggie, but I think their relationship is one of my favorites in the YA sci-fi/fantasy genre.
There was some well placed humor here and there. Also some great twists and secrets. I anticipated a few things but they were expanded into something that still surprised me.
This is such a well rounded, GOOD novel—the characters, the world, the relationships, the plot, the execution. I want to sing from the rooftops that I looove this book! Cookies for you if you get the reference. I even reread it right after (yep, you read that right—not something I normally do) and I stand by my initial reaction: this is an awesome book. I know it's early in the year, but I'm pretty sure it'll make my favorites of 2012 list.
*Reread 3/26/13. Still amazing. *Reread 1/19/14.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
Before getting to Where She Went, I reread If I Stay. After staying up till the wee hours of the morning reading Where She Went, I took a little break...moreBefore getting to Where She Went, I reread If I Stay. After staying up till the wee hours of the morning reading Where She Went, I took a little break. Just thought about it, trying to figure out what to say because that's what Gayle Forman's books do to me. Her stories and characters have a way of lingering in my mind. I went about my day and in the late afternoon I decided to reread majority of Where She Went. Yeah, it was that good. I think I enjoyed it as much, if not more, than If I Stay.
I won't lie, I had some slight edge of anxiety and worry before actually picking this book up and even while I got into it. In a way similar to If I Stay, there was an air of uncertainty—the choice Mia would make to stay or not. As for WSW: whether or not Adam and Mia could reconnect on their one night together. I just kind of wondered if they'd be able to get over the baggage weighing them down. I truly wanted them to heal and move on. Hopefully together, but I'd understand (maybe, sort of, okay not really) if they were way past that point.
This book was angsty and I loved it. Adam let himself go; he was a self-destructive mess, basically a mopey shell of his 18-year-old self. His hurt, his frustration clearly bleeding on the pages. Mia seemed almost the same, at least to me, but with a little more maturity. Both, however, have walls built up and in self-preservation, neither are REALLY talking about the elephant in the room. They have a lot of unfinished business and secrets that need to be revealed and discussed. They'd never get any closure otherwise. I was blown away with how Forman dealt with letting the dam release. First with the bridge, then the bench, the studio room, and finally on the patio outside. I even teared up and cried during a few of those scenes. The writing is so beautiful and raw, it just took my breath away.
There were other great things about this book as well. I like the flashbacks into Adam's past, both before the car accident and after. The back drop of New York was wonderful. It makes me wish, even more so, that I lived there so I could explore and find my own urban Easter eggs. And maybe not everyone enjoyed this, but I liked the lyrics from Shooting Star's big Collateral Damage album--the album written by Adam after Mia left him in the dust.
By the end, I got a lovely story and closure about Adam and Mia I'm very content with.
PERFECT. Perfect, perfect, perfect. Loved it as much as the first time I read it. AND though I already have the hardcover, I'm really glad I bought the paperback for the extras because it really tied up everything into exactly what I wanted for Adam and Mia. (less)
This book was pretty intense. Add in the combination of the subject matter, the characters and their journeys and you find me emotionally drained. I w...moreThis book was pretty intense. Add in the combination of the subject matter, the characters and their journeys and you find me emotionally drained. I won't lie, I cried a few times as well because I did get invested in the story and these characters. There were actually sections of this book where I gave in to the urge to just put down the book to take a breather. As an avid YA reader, it's definitely one of the most well written, compelling and painful stories I've come across in the genre.
First off I'll touch upon Noah. He was a jerk at the beginning, yes, but his growth as the book progressed was a thing of beauty. He has this innate goodness about him which shone brightly whenever he was with Echo, his brothers, or his friends, Isaiah and Beth. It was touching to see how he treated Echo, loving her inside and out and genuinely wanting to help her heal. And that love was consuming and mature beyond their ages, not at all fabricated. It felt right, believable because these two weren't ordinary teens. The situation with his brothers was utterly heartbreaking. I wanted so much to turn back time, keep him in that innocent, happy bubble where his family was together. I understood his drive to do anything and everything to protect them and the excruciating effort it took to make the decision he made at the end of the day. As corny as this may sound, I was proud of him.
Then there's Echo. Like Noah, it was wonderful to watch her evolve. Her story made more of an impact on me and struck a few nerves. It was just the way it was written that got under my skin and made me really connect with her. She had so much tenacity and strength, it's no surprise Noah fell for her. Her family life killed me. Many of the tears I shed while reading this book came from those parts. I couldn't fault her for the anger since it was very much warranted and to be honest, I was angry right along with her. The ending confrontations with her family were the best I could hope for. She's a much better person than I am to (view spoiler)[let go of grudges and make an effort to move on. I think the best part of it was her tribute to her older brother, to honor him by being a good big sister to her new sibling (hide spoiler)]. It was very fitting.
Mrs. Collins: awesome adult figure. That is all.
The ending with Noah and Echo was satisfying. These are two extremely resilient and admirable characters who overcame adversity as best they could. I think it was also a good push and pull between them as they helped one another through their pain, confusion, or guilt. It really is a testament to their relationship to see how they managed to balance things out and take that leap together to move forward.
McGarry is quite a talented writer and I think this was a tremendous debut. Seriously, what an emotional rollercoaster. I was very impressed with how she handled each storyline, slowly giving pieces of the puzzle (what happened with in the Hutchins fire and Echo's repressed memories) while still keeping the reader engaged and not impatient. She also made a believable, heartwarming romance between two unlikely characters in the most unfortunate circumstances. I would highly recommend this to anyone looking for a edgy, realistic contemporary YA. It isn't a book for everyone, but I do think it's worth a try.
Sidenote: I didn't have any major issues with this book. If anything, it did irk me that Mrs. Collins was continuously compared to a dog. Surely there was some less rude way to describe her eagerness and enthusiasm. Additionally I was disconnected with Echo's friends and the social aspect of her story. Noah's friends held a larger role and I just was wondering why Lila didn't play a bigger part as well.
Spoiler thoughts on chapter 1 of Beth's story: (view spoiler)[I'm not entirely surprised to see she's not paired with Isaiah. I really enjoyed the two in Pushing the Limits but I think it's fitting she has another love interest. When it was revealed in PtL why Beth didn't like the popular group, I remember thinking it'd be great if she fell in love with a jock. And look at that, it seems like that's exactly what will happen. I just hope Isaiah will have his own story as well. (hide spoiler)]
I wondered if this book would hold up the second time around and it totally did. It managed to get me choked up again at certain parts. I loved revisiting Noah and Echo. They still hold a place as one of my favorite YA pairings. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
Outpost picks up two months after Deuce arrived in Salvation. She, Fade, Tegan, and Stalker are assimilating into the community and it's going somewha...moreOutpost picks up two months after Deuce arrived in Salvation. She, Fade, Tegan, and Stalker are assimilating into the community and it's going somewhat well for most of them. From my standpoint, at least. I think it's understandable why some people are weary of Deuce (don't get me wrong, there were plenty of people I wanted to punch in the face), just the same way she's weary of their customs. What I thought was great to see was that Deuce isn't JUST a Hunter. She was evolving, becoming a mix of Hunter Deuce and Girl Deuce. I like this new version. She's learning, making mistakes, and trying to find her footing. And she's not the only one who goes through some life changes. All of the gang does. Some in a good way, and one in a heartbreaking way.
The relationships were all good. Even the love triangle, though I'm hesitant to call it that. (view spoiler)[First off, I think it was sweet to see her grow to love her foster parents since she's never had anyone look out for her in a familial way. They truly became a little family. The same feeling goes for Longshot. It was nice to see her with a proper mentor who actually cared for her. Though I knew it would happen, I was devastated that he died. As for the romantic relationships, well, I think it's actually handled well. I know Stalker has feelings for her, but Deuce is clearly set on Fade so I can't see anything serious ever happening with the former. Not that I wouldn't mind that relationship from occurring, but Deuce, I believe, said they're too similar. I agree and that's why I think Fade will be her endgame. He does balance her better than Stalker ever could. (hide spoiler)]
All the new information about the Freaks was FASCINATING and quite horrifying. But there's still SO MUCH more I want to know about them. The book ended exactly when I thought things would REALLY pick up (the calm before the storm, am I right?) because (view spoiler)[I love when they're on the move. Outpost made them stationary and I, like Deuce, was itching for them to see some action or going places on their own. Which, okay, yes it did happen when they set up an outpost, but it was with other members of Salvation. What can I say? I love this little foursome group they've formed. Plus, I'm looking forward to seeing other settlements and hopefully they'll somehow bump into Stone and Thimble. (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
I liked this! It's a short story so of course I WANT MORE, but I did like seeing a little of what was going on living at the time when the breakout oc...moreI liked this! It's a short story so of course I WANT MORE, but I did like seeing a little of what was going on living at the time when the breakout occurred from a survivor's POV. Some of it we already know or deduced but still it was interesting. (view spoiler)[So what I REALLY want more of is Robin and Austin, like scenes of what they go through as they tried to make the College enclave successful. And more importantly I'd enjoy more of their relationship at the settlement. It was nice that it did come in a circle from Endurance with that connection to Robin. (hide spoiler)](less)
Yet another mega champ addition to this series. And yeah, that is a big deal since Under the Never Sky was an absolute delight and one of my favorite...moreYet another mega champ addition to this series. And yeah, that is a big deal since Under the Never Sky was an absolute delight and one of my favorite reads of last year.
Through the Ever Night starts off right where Under the Never Sky left off. I believe most fans of the first book will be thrilled with this follow up. Our two protagonists Perry and Aria are reunited but it may be short lived as unfortunate obstacles and obligations come between them. A main factor separating them is the Aether which grows more and more unpredictable and fierce. Perry must find a way to protect his tribe from it while Aria has her people and Talon in kind while she's carrying out her end of the deal with Hess.
I continue to love the alternating POVs since I love both Aria and Perry. They have differing priorities to deal with and because of that they do end up going on different journeys rather than staying on the same path. It worked out for the best. Perry had a lot of his hands dealing with his new role as Blood Lord. It was much more difficult than he expected as he had to deal with disputes and discourse among his people. I liked seeing him experience those hardships and learning from it and ultimately becoming a worthy Blood Lord. As for Aria, her journey to Sable's tribe for both Still Blue information and Liv was good. She had the weight of the world on her shoulders since she's basically stuck in the middle as both a Dweller and an Outsider. And since she's such a good person, she wants the best for everyone. That's a lot of responsibility but I think she handled herself well. I just appreciated that they each were dedicated to their own tasks. I really hope they finally get time to spend together because let's be real, they've been separated for far too long.
ROAR IS AMAZING. I loved his friendship with Aria. One of the things I had wanted from Under the Never Sky was to see Aria and Roar while they stayed at Marron's place during the winter. Now it seems like their little adventure here made up for that. (view spoiler)[It was great to see how strong of a bond they formed, that they became best friends. I can't deny it, it's very possible Roar knows Aria better than Perry now. I hope their close relationship won't cause for unnecessary drama in the next book though.
Soren was a lovely surprise, truth be told. I didn't think he'd ever pop up again, let alone have a key role. He revealed some interesting information and proved to be a fascinating character. Before I had seen things in black and white but his part in here turned my thoughts gray.
Cinder and Willow were quite adorable. I would love to see even more backstory to Cinder and I believe we may get that in the next book.
Last side note, I think the explanation for the Aether was something very much needed in the last book so I'm glad it was addressed in this book. It helped to fill in the holes of why this world was the way it is. It's all very interesting and I did find it believable in context. Now I'm even more curious of the times during the Unity. Who knows, maybe there could be a prequel to these books? (hide spoiler)]
This series quite honestly is my favorite in YA dystopia. Rossi has all been knocking it out of the park so I'm very, very excited to see how everything wraps up.
I couldn't even finish this book because I was so bored with the characters and storyline. Maybe one day I'll try to read the entire book if someone c...moreI couldn't even finish this book because I was so bored with the characters and storyline. Maybe one day I'll try to read the entire book if someone convinces me I'm missing out. (less)
"...An unforgettable novel about the ability of books to feed the soul." This comment from the inside flap sums up my thoughts exactly.
AMAZING. The B...more"...An unforgettable novel about the ability of books to feed the soul." This comment from the inside flap sums up my thoughts exactly.
AMAZING. The Book Thief was so unique, different from anything I've ever read. From the moment I finished the first part of the prologue, although I was slightly confused, I was hooked. It does start to make more sense later on.
"Personally, I like a chocolate-colored sky. Dark, dark chocolate. People say it suits me. I do, however, try to enjoy every color I see - the whole spectrum. A billion or so flavors, none of them quite the same, and a sky to slowly suck on." Death was a fantastic narrator, so descriptive and engaging. He hooked me from right from the beginning and was one of my favorite characters.
Liesel, the main character, has such an incredible story. Death described her as "an expert at being left behind" which gives off a melancholy tone (one of the main reasons why Death fit the part perfectly as the narrator), but I did find beauty though, and that's one of the things that kept me reading. There was such growth in her, (view spoiler)[from learning the alphabet all the way to writing her own book (hide spoiler)]. I enjoyed every page of her journey. Hans, Rudy, and Max were all unforgettable characters as well. I grew to love them so much. The relationship each of them had with Liesel was so gripping and wonderful, I didn't want to let go of any of them when the book ended.
This was very moving, haunting, beautiful book. I cried a few times. It's hard not to because my heart kept breaking. I loved how it was written, there were parts that were like notes of poetry. Zuzak has such a remarkable way with words whether he was describing the setting or a person's emotions or relationships. It truly is a must-read, one of those books that you'll want to read over again once you finish. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
I liked this one. The writing is a bit more laid back but it matches with the type of person Ed is. It was a interesting storyline and sends out the m...moreI liked this one. The writing is a bit more laid back but it matches with the type of person Ed is. It was a interesting storyline and sends out the message that anyone can make a difference. The mystery messenger seemed so random to me when I initially finished but I've had some time to think it over. Though I still would have chosen someone else as the messenger, I think what Zusak did was actually quite clever. (less)
**spoiler alert** I couldn't get into this book in the beginning but once I did could not put the book down until I finally finished it. Initially I w...more**spoiler alert** I couldn't get into this book in the beginning but once I did could not put the book down until I finally finished it. Initially I wanted to read it I heard the buzz so I looked it up and immediately thought it sounded like Battle Royale which is something I've been meaning to watch (and possibly read) for ages. I think that was one of the reasons I didn't get into it at first.
I agree with other reviews in that it was quite addictive. It's so different than what I normally read but I definitely welcomed that change. I was so tempted to just look at the end to see what happens. It's a good read, loved the romance (hey, I'm a romance junkie) and Peeta. It was hard to figure him out at first, was he playing her or was he a truly nice guy? His storyline was great, he became my favorite character once I read about the bread flashback. I would loved to read the story from his POV. I have a sort of love/hate relationship with Katniss though. I felt that she had a lot of chemistry with Peeta and really hoped that she would feel the same way he did. I enjoyed her a lot later in the book when she Peeta were teamed together.
I hate when there are some love triangles and I can definitely see that it could be a problem in book 2. I imagine we'll get more perspective from Gale as well which I'd like to read about. It's a good stand alone but it'll be interesting to see what will happen in the aftermath. Also if they go into the next year Prim could be chosen, then what would Katniss do? I hope that book 2 comes out next year because I want to know how everything will play out.(less)