Nothing I could possibly say about this would be adequate. I am so in love with this book..it's incredible. The way it's told, the tension, the realis...moreNothing I could possibly say about this would be adequate. I am so in love with this book..it's incredible. The way it's told, the tension, the realistic questions, the ethical questions, the bond of people....so. good. Just read it. I can't say more or I'll spoil it. I've seen the movie and the book. They're both great, probably with the book being better, but the movie made me cry. So, I can recommend both.(less)
Mindy Kaling is awesome. I loooooove her writing style. And she's hilarious. All I have to say is read the book, okay? Like...there's nothing else to...moreMindy Kaling is awesome. I loooooove her writing style. And she's hilarious. All I have to say is read the book, okay? Like...there's nothing else to review. It's amazing. Simple as that. (less)
This book is so amazing. I read it so I could compare it to The Hunger Games. However, these books are totally different aside from the premise of "dy...moreThis book is so amazing. I read it so I could compare it to The Hunger Games. However, these books are totally different aside from the premise of "dystopian world has a horrible government that makes kids fight to the death." That premise isn't original to Takami no matter how much I love him. I honestly don't think Collins read this book and copied it. The Romans had gladatorial fights that sometimes used children. So, the premise is actually a historical one. And what is it that many post-modern artists say? There's no such thing as an original idea anymore?
This all being said, while I love Collins, Takami is better. Again, though, different books. The tone is different and the evolution is different. Also, the points are different. Collins work is best read through Marxist and Feminist lenses while Takami's book appeals more to psychological and cultural lenses the technical terms for these escape me at the moment). The reason the governments require the games also varies. I won't spoil it, but they are completely different in my eyes. I don't know how to say it best, but there is a quiet elegance amidst the violence that Japanese authors, filmakers, and other artists seem to have mastered in a way the rest of the world has not. Read it for yourself. I feel like this is the sort of book that could be discussed in a college lit class with no lulls in the discussion ever appearing. This book is so fun to analyze...my only problem with this book is that I have no one to talk about it with.(less)
Okay, so, I'm not going to keep saying what EVERYONE else is. The love triangle resolves in a good way. While...moreEveryone's going to hate me for this....
Okay, so, I'm not going to keep saying what EVERYONE else is. The love triangle resolves in a good way. While I HATE love triangles and view them as an abomination plaguing teen lit, this one was tolerable. I liked all three characters, wasn't "Team" anyone, and felt that the expression of everyone's love for everyone was surprisingly mature. Okay, so the "I had feels" part is done. Because I did have so many feels....
Family tie-ins to The Mortal Instruments: great, BUT DON'T PUT THE FAMILY TREE ON THE INSIDE OF THE JACKET!!! I FIGURED OUT ALMOST EVERYTHING!!! Seriously, I'm very intuitive when it comes to books (probably all of that Agatha Christie I digested as a child...Trust no one, especially not the author), and the book jacket showed me so much.
Magnus: fab, we'd totally be bffs.
Everyone else (Charlotte, Henry, Gabriel, Gideon, Sophie, Cecily, Bridge, Whitelaw, etc.): gorge. Love you all, kisses. EXCEPT YOU, JOSIAH. YOU COULD HAVE BEEN SO MUCH MORE...Good or bad. Really, he wound up being underutilized.
The plot: Here's where I have a problem. It was abrupt. I really felt that the plot was just there because something had to be happening beside angsty feelings. So, the plot just didn't matter...and it felt that way. It felt super unfinished, and to be honest, there was so much more she could have done with a sentence or two here or there. That was a moment when the writing truly failed. Not to give anything away, but...let's just say I got a pat, neatly-tied conflict resolution that I loathed. Look, lady, if George R.R. Martin can kill everything within his reach off (including the reader, I suspect, for his next book), you can have a messier resolution for your "plot" (even though we all know it only exists so Jem/Tess/Will feels can be had).
But, I never expected anything out of this book other than mild amusement and feels. So, the 4 star rating still stands. I loved it, and wish it well, but this book is a summer fling, not a long-term relationship. Even though I'll probably revisit it later down the road, when I'm feeling down on myself, after a hard book breakup.(less)