Katniss Everdeen likes to break the rules. She knows the electrified fence surrounding District 12 is never turned on. Using skills her father taught...moreKatniss Everdeen likes to break the rules. She knows the electrified fence surrounding District 12 is never turned on. Using skills her father taught her, Katniss has been providing for her family by killing animals in the forest and trading them illegally in the 'Black Market' of District 12. The Capitol wouldn't be happy if the found out what was going on right under their noses, so they keep their subjects (if you will) in line by hosting an annual competition, where only the strongest will survive. Only one. The Hunger Games.
When Katniss gathers with the rest of her District to witness the drawing of the candidates for the year's Games, she is mortified when her little sister Prim has her name drawn. Katniss immediately sacrifices herself to save her sister, causing a stir as volunteers rarely come forward. I mean, who wants to compete in a Game where their chances of surviving are slim to none? For Katniss, it isn't an option. Prim is her sister and she must protect her - no matter what the cost.
Katniss is joined by Peeta Mellark, the male for District 12. They have had very little to do with each other, except for the one time Peeta may have saved her life. With the help of their 'Coach' Haymitch - a drunk, former Hunger Games winner - Katniss and Peeta embark on a thrilling journey keeping readers turning the pages until they reach the end. Will Katniss survive? Will Peeta survive? Only one person can, so what will happen - nobody knows. We meet some amazing other characters - the unforgettably sweet and innocent Rue, through to the evil competitors known as 'The Careers'.
The Hunger Games is an amazing book that will leave you wanting - craving - to know more. Definitely one of my favourite books - ever.(less)
Catching Fire is the sequel to the brilliant Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.
Picking up right where The Hunger Games left off, Peeta and Katniss are...moreCatching Fire is the sequel to the brilliant Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.
Picking up right where The Hunger Games left off, Peeta and Katniss are heading home from the Games, both winners. Behind the scenes of the celebrations, the Capitol is not happy, things were not meant to end like this. They want revenge.
Katniss knows things will be great for her family - plenty of food, a nice new home - she should be Celebrating like the rest of District 12. She knows that both her and Peeta surviving the games and making it home will not sit nicely with the Capitol, and that it's only a matter of time before something happens. Katniss was right. Just when she thought things were done with the games, she starts to hear rumours of a deadly rebellion against the Capitol. A rebellion that she and Peeta have helped to create.
Katniss and Peeta are forced to visit the other districts on the Capitol's Victory Tour. There, the stakes are higher than ever. Unless Katniss and Peeta can convince the world that they are still lost in their love for each other, they may be forced to face a less than pleasent scene. The Hunger Games - take two.
Even more suspenseful than its predecessor, with twists and turns to keep you holding your breath, The Hunger Games - Catching Fire does not disappoint. A brilliant follow up to an amazing first book. I cannot imagine what book three, Mockingjay, will bring. I am very eagerly anticipating it's release. (less)
Wow. The Maze Runner is by far one of the most suspenseful reads I've come across in a long while.
Picture a place where teens are left to fend for th...moreWow. The Maze Runner is by far one of the most suspenseful reads I've come across in a long while.
Picture a place where teens are left to fend for themselves, no adults. Sounds good, right? Wrong. For a group of teens who have been delivered one by one to a place called The Glade, this is their reality. They know nothing of who they are and can only remember their first name. The Glade is an eerie confined space with living quarters, a map room, supplies room and a lock up area, all of which are surrounded by a giant wall of concrete and vines - the Maze.
The teens, or 'Gladers', have different roles to fill to keep themselves occupied, the most dangerous of these being a Runner. When Thomas enters The Glade, he can't quite shake the feeling that he is meant to be a runner - runners are in charge of exploring and mapping the maze each day to try and figure out a way to escape, and they need to try and avoid the deadly half slug half machine killer Grievers while they're at it. The thing is, the maze walls move every night, making their task seemingly impossible. Topped off by the constant prescence of Beetle Blades, the creatures who 'watch' the day to day movements of the Gladers, they are stuck in a reality where they seem destined to remain boty alone and watched for the remainder of their existence.
I can't say too much without revealing parts of the story, but what I can say is that this was one heck of a read. It has been compared to The Hunger Games, but I really don't think the two are similar other than the 'teens on their own in a brutal reality' theme. It was fast, shocking and exciting, full of twists and turns sure to leave you on the edge of your seat - definitely a series that I cannot wait to continue reading.(less)
I'm so glad I gave this book another chance! The characters have grown on me like I never expected. Though the dialogue took some getting used to...moreWow.
I'm so glad I gave this book another chance! The characters have grown on me like I never expected. Though the dialogue took some getting used to, it made the story feel that much more real. I felt like I was experiencing it though Todd's eyes.
All I'll say is that it's action packed, suspense filled, I cannot wait to get started on book 2.
Wow. Unwind has my mind in a spin. I don't know if I will be able to write a coherent review at this stage, but I'll get to it eventually. Just... Wow...moreWow. Unwind has my mind in a spin. I don't know if I will be able to write a coherent review at this stage, but I'll get to it eventually. Just... Wow. (less)
Matched was a good read. There was, in my opinion, a lot of story and character building focus rather than 'action' for the first 2/3 of the book, so...moreMatched was a good read. There was, in my opinion, a lot of story and character building focus rather than 'action' for the first 2/3 of the book, so at times I found it to be a little slow.
I did, to an extent, struggle to connect with the characters, but the last 140 or so pages utterly grabbed me, and made up for the lulls I experienced earlier in the book.
I cannot wait to read more about Cassia and her world. It's almost frightening... suffocating, even, to think about living in a world where your every step is predicted. Actions and activities pre-determined. Decisions made for you. Free will essentially nonexistent. The idea that something as personal as choosing the person you will love is out of your control is unnerving. I love that Cassia is willing to challenge the Officials and their authority, if not for herself, but for her whole community. I'm (not so secretly) hoping she wins ;o)(less)
Huh. Well, let me just say I'm glad that the last half of the book picked up, because the first half-ish (perhaps a little less) had me worried. The A...moreHuh. Well, let me just say I'm glad that the last half of the book picked up, because the first half-ish (perhaps a little less) had me worried. The Author doesn't have the smoothest writing style... the writing (initially, at times) felt a little juvenile, then all 'adult', then YA. It wasn't consistent. It did improve, though, as the book progressed.
Enclave was good. Think 'The Maze Runner', only different. The Freaks were very much like Shanks, only much scarier looking. Metal claws and sharp teeth, red eyes... I just know I don't want to come across one in the streets any time soon.
Deuce was a cool chick. I like her. Sometimes her mood/mind changing irked me, but not to the point that it distracted me.
I liked Fade, too. He reminded me of a combination Peeta/Gale/Thomas, tough, brooding, fighter, protector.
And Tegan. Aw. Fingers crossed, that's all I'll say.
I'm not in a real in depth review writing mood, so this one will be short. I guess I'd just say that if you're looking for something
I'm very interested to see where this one goes, so I'll definitely be getting a copy of Book 2. (less)