I haven't come across a book this captivating in a long time. For someone who can be a little too dependent on her computer, this book was a saviour....moreI haven't come across a book this captivating in a long time. For someone who can be a little too dependent on her computer, this book was a saviour. I passed a lot of chances to turn on the computer or watch anything on tv for this book. And there were nights when I could only let go of reading when my eyes closed out of my control or when I realised I started reading the same sentence for five times because I lost concentration due to my lack of sleep.
The book grabs you and doesn't let go until you reach the very end. I have to congratulate Suzanne Collins for her simple yet remarkable writing skills here. It is the sense of continuity that urges you to keep reading non-stop that I think was a big success. It is very important for a writer to grasp the full interest of the reader and Suzanne Collins does this with no problems.
We follow the book through the point of view of the young girl, Katniss, who's forced to be a part of a brutal game, in her young sister's place, that's supposed to be the source of entertainment for the society. The plot seems familiar I'm aware, most might link it to Battle Royale, and it is familiar, true, but while reading it I've come to realise that it's also very different. We are talking about a tradition here, where the very brutal game is a part of the society's life, where young people's, the contestants are aged between twelve and eighteen, efforts to kill one another in a game where there can only be one survivor is ordinary, accepted. This reminded me of the time we live in, with so many reality shows about almost anything and where there are almost no rules and no limitations as to what to show. While reading this, which set supposedly in the future, it did not seem like a very far one. It wasn't very hard to think the happenings in the book could easily be true. And in most parts of the book, I found myself filled with rage as to how people reacted to the whole idea of Hunger Games, even the name suggests how horrible the whole concept is by referring to it as a mere game, whereas in other times I found mnyself taking sides and rooting for one or two of the characters, which suggests how used we are to such an occasion and how easily we could adapt to it.
I also found the characters very likeable, not too gullable, as someone else here mentioned how sometimes especially the female protagonist can be so oblivion to her surroundings. Here we have a strong girl, Katniss, with a certain sense of love for her young sister that she risks her life for her without a second of thought. She is also a good hunter, the only provider for the family after her father's death, which is a plus for the games. She sacrifices herself for her sister and is joined with the baker's boy, Peeta, who is also strong with a hint of more emotional if I may add. They're both thrown in to the arena where they not only have to fight against some really cruel competitors who have been trained their entire lives for the win, the occasional interference of the gamemakers when it becomes too boring for the audience due to the lack of deaths, but also with the emotional burden of having to kill each other when the time comes to it. It was easy to relate with these characters and root for them throughout the story.
There is probably so much more I want to say about this book, needless to say I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the trilogy, I would also recommend this book to everyone who's willing to give it a try.(less)
**spoiler alert** I've been meaning to read this for a while, I'm glad I finally did. A heartwarming story of Nobody Owens, Bod, who comes to live in...more**spoiler alert** I've been meaning to read this for a while, I'm glad I finally did. A heartwarming story of Nobody Owens, Bod, who comes to live in a graveyard raised by ghosts of people buried there and a mysterious man, his guardian, named Silas. I can't explain my love for Silas, my sympathy for Bod, and of course my enjoyment reading about the residents of the graveyard. It's a atory that tells you you can find family anywhere and with anyone. And I have to admit, something about this story got to me and by the end I felt a lump in my throat. When Bod was finally saying goodbye to his friends and family, the family who raised him in his fifteen years, I felt like I was the one saying goodbye to them and leaving the graveyard. I could never guess I'd have such love and sympathy for a life in a graveyard.
This is a book that is not too long, and yet has a much deeper meaning and messages in it than its size. I hope anyone who can would read this story, I really do.(less)
My reading this book was actually a consequence of a chain reaction. I was looking for a good movie to watch and came across the movie adapted from th...moreMy reading this book was actually a consequence of a chain reaction. I was looking for a good movie to watch and came across the movie adapted from the book which later led me to borrow the book itself.
I have to admit, this isn't an easy book to read as many already mentioned, however it's simplicity and direct storytelling is what makes it a success. It doesn't take you long to read it as it's a short book, but it manages to grasp your attention and doesn't let go easy until the end. That was my experience anyway, I am not an Ian McEwan follower, this was in fact the first novel I read of him, but the fans of the genre and the author would definitely like it in my opinion.(less)
**spoiler alert** I was kind of excited when I saw this on a shelf at the local library as I am currently dealing with second chances in life. Althoug...more**spoiler alert** I was kind of excited when I saw this on a shelf at the local library as I am currently dealing with second chances in life. Although the idea of the book is quite interesting and certainly attracts attention, after finishing it I can honestly say that the whole idea, the general plot of it was better than the book itself. My intention is in no way to offend anyone who found this book life-changing, it only means that my motivation probably lies in the lines of something else.
I can't say the messages in the book weren't to be followed, as cliché as they may sound, ways to a better life really does lie in those seven decisions probably. I just did not find the way they were written so fascinating. I am not going to deny that the part with Anne Frank got me to tears though, the thought of a young girl, whose future we all know about, being so full of hope towards life was the part I'll never forget about this book.
Overall, the book was ok, a good read and I'm sure one could find at least one way to relate to it. We all have our bad times and a book like this could help overcome the darkness, as long as one has the will to change.(less)
I read this second book so fast that it didn't spend much time in my "currently reading" list. Just like the first one of the series, this book is no...moreI read this second book so fast that it didn't spend much time in my "currently reading" list. Just like the first one of the series, this book is no disappointment. At all. The character development keeps getting better, the plot pulls you in without effort, the continuity and pace of storytelling is still amazing. I honestly don't remember any book that pinned me to my couch until the very end like this one. Suzanne Collins is no doubt a wiz of the action, and all this book now has left me with is the anxiety of waiting for the final book of the trilogy.(less)
A nice collection of several fantasy stories. I did like this one. But I admit, I did skip through the stories that didn't appeal to me. Guilty, I kno...moreA nice collection of several fantasy stories. I did like this one. But I admit, I did skip through the stories that didn't appeal to me. Guilty, I know. On the other hand though, I did find stories that I really liked and wished for the rest.(less)
Maybe this was a better book than my rating, but I had difficulty connecting to some of the stories told as I wasn't very much familiar with some of t...moreMaybe this was a better book than my rating, but I had difficulty connecting to some of the stories told as I wasn't very much familiar with some of the stuff mentioned in the book. But I do admit, for the ones I was able to understand, it wasan enjoyable read. The language was simple and friendly, easy to connect with, very much like listening to a friend talking to you. The pictures in reference to the chapters made it easier to get into what's being told. All in all, it was a good book, but perhaps for a limited crowd.(less)
The plot was interesting enough when I first heard of it. And I thought I'd give it a try and I'm glad I did. It starts off as a cliché supernatural s...moreThe plot was interesting enough when I first heard of it. And I thought I'd give it a try and I'm glad I did. It starts off as a cliché supernatural story about a girl who can see ghosts but quickly grows into a good action as well. It sure is a supernatural story, built around characters interesting and mysterious anough for you to care for them, and gradually becomes a thrilling action that leaves you wanting more.
Whan I finished reading it, I found myself looking through the local library records for the second book only to see it's already borrowed and I have to wait. I have to admit it was disappointing.
Overall, this was a very entertaining story, and even a bit scary for someone who's not keen on the idea of ghosts like me. And I'd definitely recommend it, the pace of the action and the urgency of the storytelling made it a good read.(less)
Just as well written as the previous one in the series. The story keeps developing, with new characters and new plots which are more than enough to ke...moreJust as well written as the previous one in the series. The story keeps developing, with new characters and new plots which are more than enough to keep you engaged. I really look forward to the next, and final I presume, book of the series. It's official now, I'm a sucker for this genre!(less)
I have to admit my rating for this book has been shadowed by my failing to visualize the setting of the story. I always counted on my english to be go...moreI have to admit my rating for this book has been shadowed by my failing to visualize the setting of the story. I always counted on my english to be good, since it's not my mother tongue, but somehow I had a hard time with the detailed descriptions. Perhaps it's because I'm dealing with some personal stuff at the moment and haven't been able to concentrate completely so I believe I'll have to read the translated version of this book to fully appreciate it.(less)