I always had this outlandish fantasy that one day, life as we know it would be a virtual game (mainly WoW and Halo -maybe I wouldn't suck at Halo so m...moreI always had this outlandish fantasy that one day, life as we know it would be a virtual game (mainly WoW and Halo -maybe I wouldn't suck at Halo so much-). LOL. Can't see it happening any time soon but this would do :D(less)
I loved this book. Been some time since I last read an amazing book.
I won't talk a lot about it cause I never seem to blab a lot about awesome books....moreI loved this book. Been some time since I last read an amazing book.
I won't talk a lot about it cause I never seem to blab a lot about awesome books. I don't need to convince anybody, I don't need to form those twirling emotions into words because I can't.
At the beginning, the book seemed like any other Sci-Fi book. Into the dark future, some developed techs that are against humans kinda crap. But the real fun starts from the fifth or sixth chapter.
I was annoyed by Shusterman's writing first (I'm so keen about good writing cause I'm a writer myself)because he was not letting me make out Connor's character by myself. He always had to explain after everything Connor had said or done. And that's no fun at all, but I was still interested in reading the book since so many people have loved it. And it's not for nothing.
Then slowly, I stopped noticing NS's writing and he in turn stopped explaining things as if we're first-graders.
This book has so much action yet it's not over-done. I loved te anticipation and excitement. The character's weren't perfect but I loved them. I especially loved Connor, I saw him change into a different person in front of my eyes.
You see, this book isn't just about the plot. The characters are so relatable, we all know what a hard time a teen goes through. The book also questions the question we all must think of so many times. What would eventually happen to civilization because of technology?
I don't know what else to say, but this is a book that can melt your heart and make it run fast at the same time.
I had no idea how Sci-fi this book is when I picked it up (no aliens though--sorry people ._.), and I like how the cover actually has a meaning...moreWhoa...
I had no idea how Sci-fi this book is when I picked it up (no aliens though--sorry people ._.), and I like how the cover actually has a meaning related to the story (a hint, but you're not hearing it from me :P)
Jenna Fox awakes from a year-long coma to find things so different. She doesn't know anything about the Jenna she used to be and she struggles to remember the people that are supposed to be closest to her: her parents and gran. And then, her mother gives her tapes of every year of her life till before the accident (16 years) and as she watches them, she begins to remember...
The tone the author uses and atmosphere is very "futuristic". Like, there isn't any mention of flying cars and whatnot, but instead, the world is extremely similar to ours with the exception of the developed technologies in science and medic. And even with only a few differences between now and then, Pearson manages to make the world feel in the future.
The writing is really good: in the beginning, Jenna sounds cold and a bit dumb/slow, perfect for someone that has recently awoken from a coma and has forgotten everything about herself and past. But then, Jenna's narration becomes more emotional and normal as she remembers things.
The adoration of Jenna Fox is not just about Jenna Fox, I think it's more about the themes and messages it's trying to convey.
Why only 3 stars?
Because I was not satisfied with such a rushed ending. I really want to talk about just what annoyed me but I don't want turn this into a spoiler review.
And there were a couple of loose ties. Characters that appeared and disappeared with no apparent significance or explained endings.
I think this book could have been so much better if not for the ending. Too bad Pearson rushed through it like it was nothing when the ending is one of the most important things in a book, it decides how the reader will finally judge the book.
For a trilogy that started strong, this was a let down.
I can't begin to describe how I feel about this; I mean, I've been obsessing about The Hunger G...moreFor a trilogy that started strong, this was a let down.
I can't begin to describe how I feel about this; I mean, I've been obsessing about The Hunger Games ever since I read the first book in January, 2010. I loved Katniss's character; how she always put others before herself, the sacrifices she made for others.
This wasn't the same Katniss in Mockingjay we all knew. The new Katniss is a broken, tired of everything, and barely feeling for anybody girl. She let everybody doll her up and boss her around; she just let the rebellion exploit her.
It scared me when she was barely moved by the sight of dead bodies or people she loved dying around her. What inhuman being did she change to? I think Collins wanted to show us what war could do to a person like Katniss--war is war a hundred years from now or a thousand and it affects everybody the same. Katniss wasn't Ms. Sunshine but she didn't have this defeated aura around her before. She wasn't so blinded with the mission of killing President Snow so much she didn't see anything else.
It was depressing, like many reviewers said, to read Mockingjay. If I ever decided to reread the books, I'd stop at the second book before this Katniss imposter showed up.
Oh, and when did Collins's writing get so choppy? I might've not noticed it in the first two but it was annoying to read a couple of words and stop and start over again with a new sentence.
From the first page, second paragraph:
"The only area that escaped incineration was the Victor's Village. I don't why exactly. Perhaps so anyone forced to come here on Capitol business would have somewhere reasonable to stay. The odd reporter. A committee assessing the condtion of the coal mines. A squad of Peacekeepers checking for returning refugess."
Was the book even edited or was it published straight away as it was?
P.S: I do know Katniss is a fictional character.(less)