FEVER tells the story of super intelligent modern day teenager Eva and Sethos (Seth) a seventeen year old gladiator...moreReviewed for www.bookchickcity.com
FEVER tells the story of super intelligent modern day teenager Eva and Sethos (Seth) a seventeen year old gladiator in ancient Rome. For all of you fellow time travel fans, this book has a nice bit of time travel, although perhaps not in the way I expected.
Our characters have nothing in common, other than their age, and the fact they have both suffered from an inexplicable fever. But the fever they suffer from will bring them together, even though they were born centuries apart.
It’s quite hard to write this review without too many spoilers, to reveal anything about the fever or how our characters meet, other than the fact time travel is involved I feel would give too much away. So I shall just refer to events as before the fever and after the fever.
The book is told in from two narrative points of view and is divided into three parts. Eva’s story and Seth’s story, the two main characters don’t actually meet until the third part of the book. This meant that the love story felt like it took a while to take route. There is a love story before and after the fever, and the love story before the fever didn’t quite resonate with me. It felt rushed and naive. As did Seth’s obsession with the ‘love of his life’. But ironically, although it irritated, this obsession made the second part of the love story all the more lovely.
Seth was my favourite of the two characters. He made the greatest journey throughout the novel, not only in terms of time, but in growth of character. Quite literally from gladiator to modern day schoolboy. Eva is complicated. Brilliant, but lost at the same time. She struggles throughout the story to find her place in the world. But I also like the fact that she didn’t fall into the generic high school geek-ette category (I may just have made up a word there ). Also the relationship between her and her mother is just heart-breaking.
The actual fever part of the story was the most fascinating, what is it? Why does it happen and what is the wider implications of it? Don’t expect all of your questions to be answered! It’s a unique and intriguing concept. I like that is a different idea and hope that this is the first in a series rather than a stand-alone novel and we get to find out!
I really enjoyed this book, and actually read it quite quickly. The romance did need perhaps a little more time to be allowed to blossom, and I would have liked the main characters to have met sooner to enable to this to happen. But it was well written and packed with compelling scenes. There are few books that combine scenes from the barbaric gladiator’s arena, complicated micro-biology and high school drama and do it successfully. But FEVER does.
A well written and interesting start to a new series. I am quite intrigued about the Fever and the clever concept that Shulman has created. Her characters and strong and compelling and it has a lovely story full of promise.
Plix is a woman whose has dedicated her whole life to seeking vengeance, determined to get to the bottom of her fath...moreReviewed for www.bookchickcity.com
Plix is a woman whose has dedicated her whole life to seeking vengeance, determined to get to the bottom of her father's death. She's had her body upgraded with computer components to enable her to be the best she can be.
Waking up battered in a gutter, she has no memory of how she got there, and she seeks the one person she know can help her - Edison. Edison is a tuner, who specialises in 'tuning' human computer upgrades. He's been patching Plix up for years, but each time gets harder and harder.
This novella is a combination of science fiction mystery and romance. We watch Plix so determined to get to the bottom of her father's death at the expense of everything else in her life. At first the love story is just hinted at as we watch Plix too driven to notice anything else, and Edison's pain as he is unable to stop her suicide mission. But this unrequited love really does capture you as the reader right from the start.
While there was a certain amount of intrigue about the mystery part of the story, I did want to see what had driven Plix to become the woman she was and left her with nothing else in her life. There was not enough time in the book to really develop this theme as much as I would have liked.
I was fascinated by Plix's upgrades and the futuristic setting of the story. I found it hard to picture what Plix looked like in my head. I wanted to know more about this world, how these upgrades worked and how it had changed humanity. This important aspect of the book lacked explanation. But, the possibilities of these human adaptations were really interesting. I really hope that the author is planning to write another book in this world as this novella was sadly just too short to explore some of the clever concepts it created.
I really did however, love the romance. I felt for Edison as he continued to patch Plix up and send her out into the unknown, and as he did the gulf between them painfully widened. It made the romance seem not only genuine, but gave me a smile of satisfaction when it finally did happen.
An easy read novella set in an intriguing new world, but more importantly, a really fab romance.
RATING: 7/10 - Very good, would definitely recommend (less)
I’ve wanted to read UNDER THE NEVER SKY for a while. If you remember it was on my ‘Top 10 ‘Must Have’ Books 2012′. I...moreReviewed for www.bookchickcity.com
I’ve wanted to read UNDER THE NEVER SKY for a while. If you remember it was on my ‘Top 10 ‘Must Have’ Books 2012′. I’ve seen some great reviews of it, but I also had a certain amount of trepidation about picking it up. Mainly to be honest because it’s a YA novel, but also because I wanted it to be good! But of course, like so many other readers I loved it, and read it in less than two days.
Following the recent trend for Dystopia, UNDER THE NEVER SKY tells the story of Aria. Aria has grown up and spent her entire life cocooned in Reverie, an enclosed and protected city that is entirely reliant on technology. After an event she is expelled to the world outside also referred to as ‘the death shop’. She believe she won’t last more than a few days outside, told that the very air will kill her.
There she meets Perry. Perry is wild, a hunter and a survivor, he also needs her help. Agreeing on an uneasy allegiance as Aria knows Perry is her only chance of survival they team up.
UNDER THE NEVER SKY is a vividly drawn world. Barbaric and stark is one breath, full of beautiful and poignant relationships in the next. The story is one of growth, love and survival.
Aria and Perry are fabulous characters, their distrust and dislike of one another at the beginning makes the storyline all the more fascinating as they both grow and adapt. Aria is strong, a survivor, just in a different way to Perry. But I liked them both for different reasons. Perry is like a young warrior of old, a hunter and protector, but also one with great depths and strong emotions for those he cares for.
The contrast between life in Reverie and life in the wastelands is profound. I really enjoyed Rossi’s depiction of these two worlds, but in particular the outsider’s lives and the unique gifts a few of them possessed. They were fascinating and brutal, loyal and colourful.
The love story is completely spell binding. It’s a slow grower and that’s why I think it works so well. It’s believable as you watch two worlds collide, painfully at times as they slowly begin to respect and understand one another.
Ahh and the ending. No cliffhangers, hurray! It had me worried for a while! But man, I loved it! It was perfect and not perfect all at the same time. It had a proper conclusion, even if everything was not tied up in a tidy bow for us just yet.
A stunning and well written start to a new series. A superb piece of writing for an author’s debut novel. Pacy, easy to read with a beautiful, believable love story at its core. Even not being a huge YA fan I loved it. Rossi is definitely one to watch.
PANDEMONIUM is the second book in Oliver’s acclaimed Delirium series. Set in the future where love is viewed by society as a disease and all adolescents are ‘cured’ so they can no longer feel love. It takes off where ”Delirium’ left us, after THAT shocking cliffhanger. I’m trying my best not to reveal to many details here!
Lena is filled with grief, has abandoned her life to live in the wilds and has avoided having the cure. We watch her starting her new life and clawing her way back from her pain filled state. The opening chapters alternate between those first days and Lena in the future working as an undercover spy in the normal world. Which does mean that the story jumps about a little.
The book was a real mix, while I did find it engaging and the pages turned easily enough. I just felt like it didn’t dig beneath the surface enough and get into the nitty gritty. Perhaps this is a comment on the age range that this book is aimed at, rather than the writing itself. But as I wanted from Delirium, I wanted to know how this world got to be like it is and it still lacked explanation. Why is love illegal? We still don’t know…
In this book we meet Raven, a woman in her twenties who supports Lena during her road to recovery, but is also heavily involved in the rebellion. Raven is a bit of an enigma. I wanted to know more about Raven and behind the scenes of the rebellion and its strategy.
Oliver does draw the emptiness of this love-less world very well. That without love people become empty shells, going through their tasks due to obligation, not because they care almost drew chills. Lena often refers to them as zombies.
“In Zombieland, someone is always watching. There is nothing else for people to do. They do not think. They feel no passion, no hatred, no sadness; they feel nothing but fear, and a desire for control. So they watch, and poke and pry.”
The world building is excellent actually, from the Wilds, the societal rule and the characterisation of the key figures on each side. But the concept of a loveless world captured my imagination right from the start of the series.
The story includes some desperately sad moments of awful tragedy which is depicted poignantly. Life in the Wilds is brutal. We get insight into the people who are marginalised and live on the periphery, ostracised by this stark empty world who strive for nothing less than emotionless perfection. This writing is when the book is at its best.
I did struggle in general with the plot. I felt it was too predictable. Several times I thought to myself I bet that’s going to happen and then I felt let down when it did, wanting to be surprised.
I also felt saddened that Lena moved on so quickly. I don’t know why the author felt the need to introduce a love triangle, I didn’t really feel that the book or the story needed it and I didn’t fully engage with Julian. Through most of the book, I just kind of missed Alex.
Then there is the angst, ‘Pandemonium’ is filed to the brim with angst! Lena is quite an immature heroine, who seemed to need to grow up and wise up fast. She seemed to make some quite reckless and selfish decisions. Perhaps I shouldn’t forget that this is YA book? Because she did grow as the book progressed and evolve from the cocooned person she used to be, but she is yet to make that final leap from young childhood to adulthood and I felt like I wanted, no needed her to.
Looking on Goodreads, I’m pretty sure I’m in an overwhelming minority on feelings on PANDEMONIUM, most people seem to have loved it. Overall it just didn’t quite work for me. Don’t get me wrong there were still some great moments in it and I do think that Oliver is a superb writer, I just wanted more from this book. I felt it could have been so much better and there is still too much to be explored. The cliffhanger did have that jaw dropping moment, but at the same time I also saw it coming. Maybe Requiem, the final instalment will redeem it?
I would definitely describe this book as a romance with a science fiction setting rather t...moreReviewed for www.BookChickCity.com (7 out of 10 on the blog)
I would definitely describe this book as a romance with a science fiction setting rather than the other way around. But isn't without its fare share of action. Mara Skiren makes a living as a Black Market scavenger, she's also an ace pilot. When one of the 8th Wing's pilots gets kidnapped, only a scavenger can get them in to save her. But Lara is a loner and hates having passengers on her ship.
Commander Kell Frayne needs to rescue his pilot and friend and Mara is his only hope. Fortunately this is nothing a little bit of blackmail can't solve. This book sucks you in right from the beginning. Mara is just my kind of heroine, tough smart and seriously knows how to kick ass. She and Kell are tough equals in the it own right and the love story between them crackles and pops.
At just under 200 pages this is a fast read, but it still delivers plenty of punch. Both Mara and Kell are complex characters with difficult pasts. While on the surface they are total opposites, a strict Black Wing pilot and a scavenger, look deeper and they are both very similar fighting their way for their own place in the world.
The chemistry between them is thick and a touch on the super sexy side. But it goes with the story and their strong personalities. I loved how they moved from clashing, to lovers, to partners which was all written in a believable way.
Yes, there are a couple of parts that are slightly predictable in the story, but it really didn't detract from it at all.
A fun, smoking read I wouldn't hesitate to recommend. Mara and Kell are great characters, and l really hope there are going to be more books in this new sci-fi romance series. (less)
This book is worth reading for the fantastically imaginative setting alone. Set in the fut...moreReviewed for www.bookchickcity.com (7 out of 10 on the blog)
This book is worth reading for the fantastically imaginative setting alone. Set in the future when the world has been consumed by the oceans. People live in cramped high rise blocks on the limited land available, lucky to have two rooms per family. But there are some that choose a very different life entirely and decide to live the 'darklife' and make their homes at the bottom of the sea.
Now, if you like me think that living at the bottom of the sea means a life in oppressive submarines, think again. Kat Wells' under sea world is magical and vividly drawn. With homes built from jellyfish style structures, liquid gel that means people can dive without the risk of decompression sickness, electricity and entire farms and rural wildlife surviving in this new world, as well as dangerous deep sea creatures. It really is fabulously clever.
Ty has lived on the ocean's floor all his life. At fifteen, he was the first child to be born and live his entire life under the sea. But there are rumours that this new life damages children, giving them a 'darkgift', a new supernatural ability. Which has made topsiders suspicious of darklifers and other people reticent to try this new life for themselves.
Then, during a dive Ty meets Gemma. Gemma is a gutsy topsider searching for her missing brother. But the more Ty and Gemma begin to investigate and look for Gemma's brother, the more they begin to realise things are really not what they seem in this new world.
This book has a nice element of drama to it. With an underwater outlaw group raiding homesteads and submarines, a small murder mystery, as well as the dangers of the deep. It's actually a really absorbing read.
As Ty is fifteen, I would say that this book is on the younger side of YA. But it's pitched really well, with just a small romantic element. Ty is grown up and brave for his age, and a really engaging main character. As this is slightly on the younger side, I probably would not have picked this book up ordinarily if it had not been sent to me for review, which would have been a real shame, because I really enjoyed it. But more than anything I just loved the deep sea world.
A great book with a spectacular world setting that will appeal to adults both young and old. This is one of those books I would love to see translated into film, because of its cinematic quality.(less)
I was really intrigued by the premise of this novel. A world where love, also known as amo...moreReviewed for www.bookchickcity.com (7 out of 10 on the blog)
I was really intrigued by the premise of this novel. A world where love, also known as amor deliria nervosa, is classed as a disease. Every citizen must undergo an operation as soon as they turn eighteen to 'cure' them. I found the concept both unique and fascinating.
Our lead character is Lena. A young, seventeen year old girl with a mere ninety-five days remaining until she can be cured, and she cannot wait. Dreading the very thought of catching the disease and looking forward to a life of simplicity and conformity.
Of course, we know that this life cannot be for Lena. And just a few months to go until her operation, she meets Alex.
The book is slow at first and takes a little while to get going. This is because the author takes time to set the scene and draw this vacuous society. The world is fully realised, a dystopian future complete with a utilitarian dictatorship, propaganda and mass brain-washing.
At first, it's hard to grasp exactly what a world without love equates to. A lot of the hideousness of it is in the subtleties as much as the vicious punishments for those who do not conform. It simply feels hollow and it took a while for me to fully comprehend the barbarity of it.
The cured are like neutered zombies as though part of their souls, their very life essence has been carved away. People raising children out of duty, only picking them up to clean their cuts when they remember this is something they're supposed to do as a parent. Not something they feel compelled to do because they care. All passions be it for one another, a favourite hobby, even dreaming have been wiped from the world.
It did have one thing missing though. An understanding of how the world ended up here. We're treated to lots of snippets of educational literature at the beginning of each chapter, which adds to the overall rich tapestry of the story:
"Symptoms of amor deliria nervosa PHASE ONE: preoccupation; difficulty focusing dry mouth perspiration, sweaty palms fits of dizziness and disorientation reduced mental awareness; racing thoughts; impaired reasoning skills"
But, there is not one reference to what caused society to declare love an enemy. And this revelation was missed.
Lena really struggles to come to terms with her feelings for Alex, so convinced at first that she is diseased. But, what also makes this book work is the complex relationship she has with her best friend Hana. Hana, the beautiful, wannabe rebel, meets the girl who just wants a safe and predictable life. This adds a interesting dynamic to the story, when the unlikely half of the pair ends up rebelling. Lena's journey is believable, intense and engaging.
As the end drew closer, I was almost frightened to read any further. My stomach weighed down with lead. Could anything good come out of this barren world? I actually thought about putting it down for a while, so afraid was I of what those final pages would say. I should have known there would be a cliffhanger!
I'm going to contradict myself here, but bear with me. This book is imaginative, clever and very well written. The problem is, I'm not quite sure I liked it. But, if that's the case why am I already looking forward to the sequel, knowing I won't be able to resist reading it?
I think at the heart of it, my problem with this book is it was painful to read. A gut-wrenching swill of emotion that can't help but burn inside you as you follow Lena's journey from brain-washed to diseased. Angst with a capital A. It's certainly a book you need time to draw breath after it has concluded. Never the less, it is one I would recommend and Lauren Oliver is definitely a writing talent to look out for.(less)
'In Enemy Hands' was a little inconsistent for me. I swung between enjoying it and getting frustrated with the pace....moreReviewed for www.BookChickCity.com
'In Enemy Hands' was a little inconsistent for me. I swung between enjoying it and getting frustrated with the pace. Set in the future, Moon is a scientist working on a ground-breaking project to re-animate dead stars. But, most of the Galaxy is controlled by the brutal and uncompromising Republic where failure would mean death, or even worse exile.
Moon is assigned the extraordinarily clever Srin Flerovs as her research partner. So intelligent is Srin, that he is the equivalent of a human computer. But Moon soon discovers that the Republic's reign has no bounds. After they realised nearly twenty years ago that they could no longer control Srin, they began chemically erasing his memories every forty eight hours. And this has been his empty, cyclical life ever since.
The premise itself is a clever concept. Not the sci-fi setting or even the omnipotent dictatorship, but the way the Republic control Srin. It raised not only ethical issues, but added an interesting twist to the budding romance between him and Moon.
For a lot of the book I found Moon quite naive. For a very clever woman, she seems to miss a lot of what is going on around her. But she did have the endearing quality of wanting to always see the best in everyone and everything. But it was Srin that stole the story, from the complexity of his condition, to his switch between happy-go-lucky to brooding intelligence.
The sexual chemistry seemed to ebb and flow, building and then dissipating as though it was never there. I think this was because of Srin's disappearing memories. There was one scene that comes to mind with Moon. Now, how to put this delicately.... when she relieved her own sexual tension, *ahem*. I don't believe I'm a prude, but the whole thing seemed to come out of nowhere, there just wasn't enough budding sexual tension in the narrative to make it work and the whole scene made me cringe and quickly flick the page over.
There was a lot of scene setting in the book, details of Moon's past, the science experiment, her relationships with other members of the ship's crew and this did slow things down. Then came 'the great escape' which was crammed into a few chapters in the end.
However, the last few chapters did have lots of great pace and adventure, but unfortunately they were just too short. I wonder if this is the beginning of a new series, because there is no way the ending can be considered in any way a conclusion.
An inconsistent novel with promise. I did have a lot of problems with it, but for the most part I enjoyed the story. Srin was a fantastic, charismatic hero. But I wonder if this might have been a better novel focusing on his predicament, with the romance just being a small part of the story.(less)
The third and final book of the trilogy has a much darker tone (if you can believe it) than the first two. Katniss has now survived two horrendous hunger games, so much death and violence, and is now the face of the rebellion. Recovering in district thirteen, President Snow will stop at nothing to destroy her and all those she cares about. And to make things worse, he has Peeta...
None of the characters are who they were anymore, they are all slightly broken. Like china bowls that have been smashed and glued back together again, they are not quite complete or whole any longer.
I did miss the tough Katniss from the first two books, her fragility is painful to watch. I got excited when she fought in district two. But Katniss excels because she is a survivor, and there were times when I wanted her to get back up and keep fighting, to scream, kick and do everything she can possibly do to remain true to herself. But she has suffered too much to be unchanged.
As the book progresses and we learn more about district 13 and I became terrified that the survivors are just swapping one harsh dictatorship for another. I worry that the new world they fight for will not actually be new in anyway and that in itself is heartbreaking.
President Snow's ruthlessness knows no bounds. Just when you think Katniss and the tributes can't possibly suffer anymore, The Capitol throws some other appalling manipulation or punishment at them. And Peeta, oh Peeta what can I say? As much as I'm team Gale, I found that I missed the bread-baking, gentle Peeta who would do anything for Katniss.
As with the previous books, the second half was better than the first. It delivers plenty of twists and also prepare yourself for painful tragedy. Then comes the ending, a dark and uncompromising turn of events as Katniss has to make some terrible decisions.
I am in awe of Suzanne Collins' writing skills. I could not have predicted how this trilogy would have ended. In my opinion the first book was the best of the three, but this trilogy is an absolute must-read and is up there with my all time favourites.
I quite literally ached for Katniss and all of the atrocities she has endured. The epilogue itself was bitter-sweet, and prepared there is a good chance that tissues may be required.(less)
**Warning contains spoilers for first book in the series**
As the winners of The Hunger Games, you would think that Katniss and Peeta's lives would be simple now. With more money than they could ever need, never having to worry about themselves or their families being hungry again. The only tedium being the celebrity interviews they are required to attend. But of course life will never be that simple for Katniss. Unwittingly Katniss's act of defiance at the end of 'The Hunger Games' has led her to become a symbol of the rebellion that is rapidly growing in strength. The ruthless President Snow cannot allow this to happen. In fact, he will manipulate Katniss into doing just about anything and threaten all those dear to her to save the his reign and the lives of the people in The Capitol.
This first half of this book spent a long time building the story and the complexity of the plot. But a little bit too much time for my liking was spent on the awkward love triangle between Katniss, Peeta and Gayle. This trilogy for me isn't about the love story, but the stark dystopian setting, political games and fight for survival.
I know I'm going to be going against the grain with this, but I'm afraid I'm team Gayle. There's something a little like a lost puppy about Peeta. He unequivocal love and selflessness towards Catniss is charming, but he does not have the grit and fight of Gayle. I look at Gayle and Catniss like two halves of a coin. Where Peeta and Catniss are not equal partners, forever circling around one another's plans.
The character that surprised me by really growing on me in this novel was Haymitch. You begin to understand the surly alcoholic. This reason for his loneliness and empty existence. What it must have been like year after year to send two children from district twelve to their death, barely able to help them. You realise he doesn't want to be sober, because he has no reason to. And surprisingly I began to really like him.
I didn't see the twist in the middle of the book coming, and my heart nearly broke for Katniss once more as she become the victim of President Snow's vicious manoeuvrings, as he desperately tries to quell the uprising.
This book throws in some great new characters, my favourite has to be the handsome and charismatic Finnick, he adds a new dynamic to the story. Can you, can't you trust him, who is the man behind the flirty facade?
Katniss is quite naive at times, but just when I was shaking my head at her for not keeping up, the storyline dealt me a revelation that had quickly passed me by and I realised she was not the only one who had been kept guessing. Actually there are quite a few surprises in this book, the ending itself was a shocker and I was glad I had the third audiobook lined up to listen to straight afterwards.
A fabulous second instalment in this very well written trilogy. Katniss keeps bouncing back no matter what is thrown at her and is no doubt a survivor. This book will throw some shockers at you and the second half is tense, gritty and action packed.(less)
There has been so much buzz about this trilogy on the book blogosphere that I couldn't resist picking it up. But lik...moreReviewed for www.bookchickcity.com
There has been so much buzz about this trilogy on the book blogosphere that I couldn't resist picking it up. But like anything that gets lots of positive press, I was slightly nervous when I began listening to the audiobooks in case I didn't love them as much as everyone else. I needn't have worried!
The entire trilogy is narrated by Carolyn McCormick, who is a superb narrator. She really encapsulates Katniss's essence, the pace and the highs, lows and horrors of the story. I was sucked in and wrung dry through each book, barely able to press the pause button on my iPod.
Set in the future, 'The Hunger Games' is a fantastically compelling and dark dystopian novel. It tells the story of Katniss, a young woman who lives in district twelve of the poorest districts in the country, where many people suffer from hunger. Katniss helps feed her family by poaching daily in the local forest with her best friend Gale & selling any excess game on the black market.
This new world is brutal and cruel, ruled by the unscrupulous Capitol. Years ago the districts rebelled and the Capitol will never let it be forgotten. As a punishment, each year two children from each district, one boy and one girl aged between 12 and 18, are selected to enter 'The Hunger Games', a violent reality show where the children must fight to the death until one child remains.
Each year the town people pray it is not their child that is selected. Then the unthinkable happens, Katniss's little twelve year old sister gets selected for the games. Katniss has spent her whole life protecting her little sister and does the only thing she can think of and volunteers to go in her place.
Believing she is sentencing herself to a death sentence, the book tells of Katniss's journey leading up to and of the games itself. The tone shifts itself between unbearably painful, to shockingly violent and then to desperately sad. The narrative is written so well, you become fully submerged into Katniss's story willing her to survive after every shocking incident. Like her, you begin thinking she cannot survive, to daring to believe with her poaching skills maybe, just maybe she might be a contender.
Katniss is one of those heroines you cannot help but admire. She is vulnerable yet tough, naive, but at the same time intelligent and a fast and strategic thinker. The book does contain a slightly unexpected, and at times awkward love story. But it adds a really great twist the games itself.
There is one scene worth a special mention, not want wanting to spoil it, I shall say look out for the scene with the singing and flowers. You will know it when you reach it. If you manage to remain dry eyed, you are a tougher person than I!
This novel is also as much about social commentary as it is a fantastic story. It highlights current issues with popularity of celebrity and our fascination with the shallow and unimportant. It is perhaps at its darkest when it focuses not on the contestants of the games, but the shallowness of the people who organise it. The shock of the frivolous behaviour we see from the TV presenters as they gush over the contestants like they are the luckiest new celebrity in town, combined with such a macabre subject is ironic writing at its best. You can't help but see the inevitable comparisons it draws between 'The Hunger Games' and the plethora of reality TV shows that are on our screens everyday.
But also, there was something about this book that had a ring of George Orwell's '1984' for me. The dystopian setting, the ghastly government messages and the control and subjugation of people, society broken into tasks and regions. The terrible fear of what would happen to you if you voiced a criticism against 'The Capitol'.
A really stunning novel that I cannot help but implore you to read. It's excellent, and is one of those stories that sucks you in, churns you up and leaves you gasping for more. Don't let the dark premise put you off, yes it's gory and shocking at times and does involve children killing one another, but trust me when I say it's written very well, and is not gratuitous at all.(less)