Once I got to 50% I had to finish (it's a sadistic quirk of mine.) This wasn't good. The movie changed a lot and I'm okay with that. Usually I'm all fOnce I got to 50% I had to finish (it's a sadistic quirk of mine.) This wasn't good. The movie changed a lot and I'm okay with that. Usually I'm all for following books literally in the movie version. But not with this. Hat tip to the screenwriters. ...more
So I'ma be real honest: I didn't read all 500+ pages, I rage-quit. That's a humbling thing to admit. Then I read the last 80 pages or so...and randomSo I'ma be real honest: I didn't read all 500+ pages, I rage-quit. That's a humbling thing to admit. Then I read the last 80 pages or so...and random parts in between because I couldn't figure out (and still haven't) how this book could go on for so long. Due to my partial reading, the one-star rating may be unfair. I accept that.
My major beef with this series is how insular it is for no defined reason. There's the fence, sure, but they get past the fence in book 2. Keep going. Go find help. Go tell whoever you can find about the craziness happening in town. Or, to Ms. Roth, explain where the rest of the world is and why going further isn't an option. Explain how Chicago, a major metropolitan area in the current US, has turned into a bombed-out quasi-disaster area that no one is doing anything about. Well, you get an explanation in this book...and that's where I threw my hands up for the last time (I'd thrown my hands up before when they get out of the city in Insurgent...AND THEN GO BACK! TO WHERE EVERYONE IS TRYING TO KILL THEM! FOR WHY?!?!)
I don't want to knock it too much; I feel my partial reading limits how much I can voice my displeasure. I feel like Roth was rushed with this (and, to a lesser degree, Insurgent). The series needed an end before another dystopian series started and pulled away her fans. I didn't like the POV-toggling- Four/Tobias lost something to me, his thoughts sounded too much like Tris. I get why she did it (spoiler spoiler) but it really could have held off til the end...it might have been stronger that way.
All that said, I'm interested in how the movies play the series out. From the trailer for Insurgent it's clear they've already diverged (eh, eh?) from the book plot (usually I'm a book devotee but I'm fine with changing stuff with this series). Will the movies go from being based on the books to being inspired by them? Will they split the 3rd movie (if it gets made) into 2 parts (I hate that that's a thing, now)?
I wanted to like this. It was recommended to me by a friend and for some reason I feel a bit of obligation to like something that someone I like toldI wanted to like this. It was recommended to me by a friend and for some reason I feel a bit of obligation to like something that someone I like told me about. I can get into dystopian stories a little easier than hard sci-fi or fantasy. But I didn't like it.
It felt weak to me, incomplete, half-drawn, too much that I was supposed to accept as this world being a different one than mine. But maybe because Westerfeld openly bashed our society I feel he should have done more to show what this new society got right. To me it was just as barbaric as ours can be but the populace had been mind-altered to not see it, not question it. They fixed some ills at expense of free will and genuine acceptance of individuality...but that's okay? Or maybe, in some way, that's the question Westerfeld's getting us to consider: How far is it acceptable to achieve peace? Is it really peace if we literally have to change how people's minds work to get everyone on the same page? Is anything worth losing our ability to reason, question, disagree?
But if those are the questions he wants us to ask, to think about, he presents them lamely.
I want to give this four stars. I really do, but I can't. I felt like there were too many things left unexplored and under-explained. This book couldI want to give this four stars. I really do, but I can't. I felt like there were too many things left unexplored and under-explained. This book could have been so much more devious and dark (and ultimately more rewarding) if only Lowry had done a bit more delving, a bit more digging and building. For this reason, I wish it were longer. The ending felt hasty...tying it altogether with the cheapest amount of suspense....more
The fault, dear Goodreads friends, is not in this book but in myself. Okay, that's not entirely fair to either myself...or this book.
I forget where IThe fault, dear Goodreads friends, is not in this book but in myself. Okay, that's not entirely fair to either myself...or this book.
I forget where I saw a preview for this but it drew my interest. I didn't realize it was a young adult novel until I finally got a hole of it from the library. I wasn't put off by the categorization, but it did change my perception, my expectation, because...
There is a flavor of young adult lit that is often what not-so-young adults think of when they think of young adult lit...and therefore (albeit unjustly) dismiss the whole category. (In truth, I feel this same flavor can be found in adult lit and while it doesn't stand for all of adult lit the way it does in young adult fiction, it is equally censured.) This book is heavily steeped in and is full of the flaws of that flavor:
abundance of similes repetition of plot points (in this case, because the author hemmed herself into a short timeline for 'cute/poignant' reasons and there was only so much story to tell) rehashed emotions to the point of petulance (which is fitting in a way) slippery characterization rom-com-y meet-cute-ery (though, honestly, I have the least problem w/ this because...okay, whatever, I'm not heartless).
I really wanted to like this. From the synopsis, I thought I would. There have been several young adult novels that I have (as a teenager and as an adult) that I have LOVED. This wasn't one of them. ...more
A) I think this suffered from 'middle book syndrome' in which the second book in a trilogy rehashes a lot of the first book and stalls a lot until theA) I think this suffered from 'middle book syndrome' in which the second book in a trilogy rehashes a lot of the first book and stalls a lot until the third book.
B) I'ma try to chalk up Katniss' ragey flip-floppiness to her being a teenager. The reader is then saturated in her somewhat unstable frame of mind because the story is told in first-person. In other words, there's no escaping her mind. But part of me thinks that this is unfair to teenagers. Given her extenuating circumstances of having to be the famiy caretaker and already being through on round of Hunger Games, one would believe she would have a sort of mental fortitude. But she makes no sense.
*spoiler* She's all, I'm gonna please the Prez. No, I'ma lead a rebellion. No, I'ma run away with half of district twelve in a cabin by the lake...cabin by the lake. (Oh, blast one of the few movies to give me nightmares) No, I'ma stay and be defiant because that's awesome. And I must save Peeta, keep Peeta alive, save Peeta, die for Peeta, keep Peeta alive, I must...OMG, the Capitol betta step off my man, I'ma kill 'im 'fore they do. // WHAT?
I mean, why does she get mad when the other tributes tease her about her 'purity'? And who wants an incoherent 80-year-old on their team in a fight to the death, with no plans to sacrifice her for team and then continually puzzles over why the 80-year-old chooses to stop burdening the team and go to her death? Why does she also want a bumbling scientist-type and another incoherent woman to also be on her team? Why does she feel she owes Finnick too much even *after* she saves him by throwing him in the water after the fog and yelling at the sky/Haymitch to give them medicine? And when she says at the end *spoiler* that Gale is the only one who understands how she works, I thought "Good on ya, Gale. You have a better mind than I do."
C) The other characters were a delight...even the ones you weren't supposed to like. At this point I almost care about them more than Katniss. I want to know where they up, and what happens with the Capitol and President Snow.
It was a quick read and I will read the third one. ...more
Read this in about a day and a half. It's been a while since I've let myself get that immersed in one book. Marchetta's writing kept me involved, leavRead this in about a day and a half. It's been a while since I've let myself get that immersed in one book. Marchetta's writing kept me involved, leaving me a bit breathless when I had to put it down. Though it wasn't entirely unpredictable to me, the unfolding happened rather masterfully: suspense between clue and reveal was timed palpably. I hate when the only thing pulling me through a book is the author's refusal to disclose information. Marchetta kept the clues and the reveals coming...so I pushed through the book intrigued instead of being dragged along disgruntled.
It also kinda made me wish I'd had some great love as a teenager, instead of the smattering of one-way crushes. But then I'm also glad I didn't. Not sure I could have handle the breakup of a great love at that age. ...more