The second installation of The Hunger Games trilogy is just as fast paced as the first one. It's the right speed for the young reader of today.
The stoThe second installation of The Hunger Games trilogy is just as fast paced as the first one. It's the right speed for the young reader of today.
The story picks up a little after the end of the previous book. Some flashback is unavoidable. We learn how Katniss' life changed after becoming a victor, and how she has to face that nothing will ever be the same again. She goes on the tour that was mentioned in the first book, but we don't see a lot of it. I did wish that part wasn't so glossed over. Of course, the threat of President Snow hangs over everything. Without revealing too much, life only gets harder for everyone. I did have a feeling about District 13, and I'm just going to say that it was justified.
Katniss is 17. I have forgotten that, until Collins reminds me. She does develop more as the story progresses, but she is still not an adult at the end. Children that grow up too fast sometimes find it hard to grow up all the way, and she's no different. Though I have to admit, she'll probably never be a calculating and shrewd person that would enhance her chances of survival under the conditions.
Peeta is still a prominent person in the story. I'm sure many people wish that he moved on from Katniss, or Katniss fell for him, but neither seems likely. He remains a very likeable character that you find yourself rooting for. He develops a little as he sees more of reality. In a way, being a baker's son and an artistic person had hid some of the cruelties of life in Panem from his eyes. This growth allows him to use his natural gifts better, as he becomes more aware of them.
I've written in my previous review that the style bothered me. I did overcome it, but that was because I listened to a part of the book as an audiobook. I do get the audiobook as well as the paperback sometimes, as when I'm engrossed in a story, I enjoy listening to it while I do housework. Hearing the story like that changed my perception of the first person present tense. It felt like I was listening to the inner voice of a person. When I went back to the book, the sensation remained.
Overall, the second book didn't disappoint. They say the sequel is not as good as the original, well, this felt just as good. It really wasn't like a sequel, just a continuation of the first, as if they could have been one book. Maybe in the future they'll print all three in one, like Lord of the Rings. Now I'm off to read the final part, that will surely make me cry in the end. This is a dystopia, after all. ...more
This book is the natural progression from the previous ones. It's a bit different in that we don't get to read about all the characters, just a few thThis book is the natural progression from the previous ones. It's a bit different in that we don't get to read about all the characters, just a few that are connected to each other. We also get to briefly see Dorne, which I found interesting.
It dragged for me a bit, but that could be because my two favourite characters Tyrion and Dani aren't in it. I missed them. Some of the characters that I was sort of on the fence about, like Jamie and Sansa I grew to like by the end. Brienne I just can't care about. I almost wanted to skip over her parts, and frankly, she didn't add much to the story in this book. Maybe in the grand scheme of things she'll be important, but if she gets killed off, I'm not going to be sad. We also get to get to know the people on the Iron Islands more, but frankly, I don't like anyone there and if one of Dani's dragons torched them all, more power to them. Roasted ironmen! Cercei is pretty much THE villain at this point, so reading about her is fun. She's also one of the more important people that you actually know are important, so reading about her is like watching the news on a crisis. Feels like something that matters. Arya I'm on the fence about, because sometimes she's just weird. You don't really know if she's nice or not or stupid or clever. Maybe she's in flux and could go either way. Same goes for Sam Tarly. Though maybe the problem with them in this book is that while a lot happens with them, it feels like filler mostly. There are some important things, but the detail with which they are treated feels forced and unimportant.
The story and the characters are still consistent and generally interesting. They also feel real, which is one of my favourite things about the series.
Overall, the book has highs and lows to me. If your favourite character is in it, it probably helps. I'm looking forward to the next one a lot more....more
The second establishment of the series didn't disappoint. It was exciting and full of twists and turns.
In the previous book there weren't that many suThe second establishment of the series didn't disappoint. It was exciting and full of twists and turns.
In the previous book there weren't that many supernatural elements, that are usually part of a fantasy. Towards the end there were more, but most of the characters didn't come across anything especially strange. In this book, those elements become more and more.
What I loved about the book was partly that. The supernatural just popped up, and came about unexpectedly most of the time. There were several mysteries, and story lines that kept me turning the page.
What I didn't like was that sometimes the action started to lag. There are people who like all those little details that some writers, especially those who can't write a book under 600 pages, put into their narratives. However, to me, these were sometimes too many. I remember two instances, where I just couldn't take it anymore, and started to skip a few pages. Probably the most unnecessary part was when Jon Snow was going up the side of a hill in the middle of the night. Every rock he encountered was described in detail. I ended up shouting: "I get it, it's hard, now arrive on the top already!" Really, sometimes you just need to edit.
Overall, we get a good character growth from all the major players. We also meet a few new ones, and that keeps things even more interesting. The action is good, and even though there is a war on, we don't get an overwhelming amount of battle scenes in the book. Those can get a bit boring after a while. The story is still interesting and entertaining. I reached for the third book immediately....more
I confess, I started the book because of the hype. I also wanted to read a big fantasy series. It also helped that I could get all five books at a disI confess, I started the book because of the hype. I also wanted to read a big fantasy series. It also helped that I could get all five books at a discount.
The fact that it's the first part of a series can be felt from the very beginning. The pace is often agonizingly slow. However, every little detail feels important, so even I, who tends to skip a few paragraphs, read every word. The way the story is told is very interesting as well, as it's third person limited. It would limit the scope a lot, if it wasn't told through the eyes of several people. It also shows a lot of planning as the author would have had to pick the main characters well ahead.
The characters are very interesting. They are all grand personalities, not a dull person around. They are, however, not alike. They are different. You may not like them all. They are also not on the same side, which makes things even more interesting. I personally didn't like Sansa, but in the end I could still feel sorry for her. I felt the closest to Dany, as she grew into a fierce woman by the end of the book. I don't want to say more about the characters though, as I don't want to have to put up a spoiler alert. Let me just say that one shouldn't get too attached to anyone.
I wavered between four and five stars, but I ended up with five. It may not be completely perfect, but I found myself reaching for the next part as soon as I closed this one. That to me is a book of five stars....more