Oh dear, I had really high hopes for this but unfortunately it wasn't anywhere near as nice as I wanted it to be. It wasn't all bad, but for every pos...moreOh dear, I had really high hopes for this but unfortunately it wasn't anywhere near as nice as I wanted it to be. It wasn't all bad, but for every positive thing I can say about this book there unfortunately is an there is a "but" lurking round the corner making the positive aspects of the story rather hard to appreciate :// (I gave it one and a half stars, if I could. Only because I was able to finish the book rather easily, which I guess stems from the fact that the language made it easy to read.)
THE GOOD: - I liked the language most of the time, though at times I found it a bit too flowery bordering on the too descriptive as well. - The characters were something I really liked the characters, but they were a bit too special. The two main characters just seemed to collect superlatives and became more and more unreal to me. - I found the magic/majik in the story extremely compelling, except that it seemed extremely illusive. Nothing was ever explained! Only the surface of the majik was scratched and unfortunately in a way that the more was said about it, the less I understood.
THE BAD/THE UGLY: - Joaquin had a rapey-vibe, not only towards his sister but also towards Darry, who openly identifies as a lesbian. And that the latter only seemed to heighten this vibe made me extremely uncomfortable. - Sudden changes in character POV, still third person narrator, but suddenly we're with someone we hardly ever had much interaction with, and sometimes just once? Not even a recurring thing? It felt really badly plotted to me. As if there was something important that the reader should know and could not have brought to us any other way or just to give us an outside view of the main characters. And then the character and especially their point of view just vanished. Not cool. - The (made-up?) foreign language bits that were thrown in without any translation whatsoever was distracting and annoying. It seemed to serve no purpose but to make Jessa feel "exotic". To me that felt rather racist. I also found the Muslim-inspiried nation's traditions, history and customs patched-up and inconsistent. The world building was not well done and it threw me off quite often. - At a certain point it felt as if the plot was cast aside in order to make way for the romance and when it was picked up again it seemed to have become convoluted. Some things seemed to have been added just to enhance the drama and set the main characters even more apart making them even more daring and exceptional. And that made the ending rather abrupt and even for a first part in a series (or at least a duology) it felt cut off at the end. (less)
Interesting, intersectional and filled with topical anecdotes, Koikari paints a diverse and multifaceted picture of women in the centre of the America...moreInteresting, intersectional and filled with topical anecdotes, Koikari paints a diverse and multifaceted picture of women in the centre of the American Occupation of Japan. (less)
Enjoyed the plot, although there was no OMG!Really?-moment; still very fond of Katniss' voice (I really like that she is not so easy...moreIn Extremely Short
Enjoyed the plot, although there was no OMG!Really?-moment; still very fond of Katniss' voice (I really like that she is not so easy to love and understand, especially in contrast to Peeta); I really wanted to get to know Gale some more (but!); Finnick Odair (totally my kind of character, damn me and my types); Haymitch turned out to be even more layered and interesting (Yay!); sad that there was no really unexpected twist, but I still had great fun following the plot!
I took notes, so here some of my "Thoughts While Reading" assembled: (They're in order.)
Still wondering: Mockingjay pin as symbol for rebellion, always was or just became?
How does President know? Is Katniss herself bugged? (They did surgery on her, so it's entirely possible.)
Plutarch and his Mockingjay clock: HINT HINT, huh? --> Katniss really forgets about it, when she is told she has to participate in the Quarter Quell. HMPF.
Pin belonged to a former tribute, heart-wrenching how these things are connected.
LOVE CINNA - still suspect him to be part of the rebellion; and I ship him and Kat, oops!
Finnick. Oh dear. Love the name, could even be an interesting LI (if more than Kat & Peeta even make it); so my type it is not funny anymore.
Kind of disappointed that there will not be any more Gale since she has to go through the Games again. Really, wanted to get to know him better. Seems interesting, but IS he?
LOL @ Katniss & Finnick interaction, wonderful and good fun!
So, they pay Finnick in secrets. I like it ; D
"We are unforgiving."; "Finally I can be myself."
Wow, Cinna turned her into a Mockingjay. Turned that wedding around, huh. (Now tell me he's not a rebel, yeah.)
Peeta is a brilliant (public) speaker, he really knows how to play an audience. Brilliant! Like the toasting, telling them they'e already in some kind of marriage, but with the baby he lays it on a bit thick...
HAYMITCH! "Just remember who the enemy is." Subtle as a brick, at times...
I don't want Finnick to die. Mags!
Got them for Katniss? Huh? (I smell Haymitch's interference...) There it is: "Haymitch said so."
I like that Katniss thinks about killing her allies to save Peeta. Single-minded and goal-oriented.
UGH, Peeta lays it on thick again, kindle some kind of wish to survive in her, I like that Katniss is understandably confused by her mixed-intense feelings for Peeta, but ... it irks me how he tells her that he had nothing left, if she was gone (even though he's not far off the mark and I know what he is telling her.) I like that it is a male character voicing these sentiments(as a bit of a gender-role reversal), but I am still not a fan of this. Haymitch promising both the same, keeping the other alive, I really like his ambiguity. (I think he means to keep Peeta alive. They need someone who can talk more than a symbol.)
MIDNIGHT! Damn, remember you girl! Remember Plutarch's mesagge ;^; (In my notes he's actually called Honeybee, because I could not for the life of me remember his name. Even nowI can only remember his first name.) Katniss remembers but does not connect it to Wiress' ramblings and the 24 rolls from District 3 they get. GROAN! She remembers that Haymitch sent her messages before well enough, but does not try to think that the rolls MIGHT BE A DAMN MESSAGE HERE. She cannot be sure in any case, I know, but that she does not even entertain the THOUGHT annoyed me a little. Only at the VERY LAST moment she remembers Haymitch's words and realises that Beete's plan is meant to destroy the arena all along, not the other tributes.
I love that Katniss after being "rescued" - still wants to not give them the satisfaction and tries to kill as many others and herself before giving anyone the chance to execute her.
Her utter devastation at just being used again, and this time even by someone she trusted, is heartbreaking and very conceivable. (less)
Spur of the moment buy :) Nice, quick read. Nice worldbuilding and even though the twists in the plot could be easily foreseen, the story was never bor...moreSpur of the moment buy :) Nice, quick read. Nice worldbuilding and even though the twists in the plot could be easily foreseen, the story was never boring and the characters quite loveable!(less)