So, despite having some predictable plot-holes, I really did enjoy this book. I think that the reason I gave it a 4 star review is that the author migSo, despite having some predictable plot-holes, I really did enjoy this book. I think that the reason I gave it a 4 star review is that the author might need a few little things to tweak. I know I read the book nearly 3 months ago, but I still can't help but wrap my head around something so simple of a plot working well. Let's be honest, the plot is pretty standard for a dystopian YA....take girl in teenaged years on the verge of adulthood. Add in a strict government that she doesn't adhere to or fit in, mix in a dash of family issues, specifically dead parents and little siblings that she feels obligated to protect, then start simmering. Add in dashes of a family outside society, a love interest with a big fat chip on his shoulder just like her and a few dashes of oppression and let it marinate on low for most the book. As the book starts to build, throw the main character into a dangerous situation and watch her rise to a reluctant position of leadership with a cultivated following that pushes her to overthrow the government! YAY! And you're done.
All that aside, I loved the creativity behind the world building. I love books that let me fall into a new world, regardless of how typical their plots and characters might be. It is just way more fun when you can close your eyes and see that the author developed the world to almost make up for a typical plot. It's great to see. Kelley did a fantastic job creating dynamic side characters and a nuanced world that works well within the parameters of believable sci fi. The world was slightly reminiscent of Orson Scott Card's writings to me, but I also have been re reading them in my spare time.
Honestly, I can't wait to read more from the author and it's the first in this series of free books that I will tell everyone to try to find a copy. It's fun...more
I was honestly more into this book for the development of the dystopian society than I was for the characters. With this new trend of *YAY DYSTOPIA* tI was honestly more into this book for the development of the dystopian society than I was for the characters. With this new trend of *YAY DYSTOPIA* that has happened in the last 10 years of YA, I'm enjoying the worlds that are created a hell of a lot more than I'm enjoying the characters and their plots. After a few, they become almost predictable. This one, while predictable when the relationship's plot developed, had a way more interesting plot and background of why the characters were in the dome originally.
I really did enjoy the world and the premise of the social isolation/mysterious government actions and the like. I tried to relate to Nat and the other characters as they tried to survive in the world, but I couldn't get there as well as I could if the characters weren't a wee bit....cookie cutter. The tropes were a bit expectant (Loss of parents, oppressive government and family hiding the truth, alienated youth and delusional characters in love).
I honestly will probably read the rest of the series just to finish it, because I get a compulsion once I start a series. I really can't say for sure if I would have picked up the book, but the title caught me. I was expecting more around the title, but I guess we will see where McFarlane takes the book....more
Ok, first off, this book is way too easy for an adult to read. If you actually sit down, you can finish it in about 5 hours. I honestly loved it thougOk, first off, this book is way too easy for an adult to read. If you actually sit down, you can finish it in about 5 hours. I honestly loved it though. I was asked to read it by a family I babysit for because the mother thought The Hunger Games was too intense for her 12 year old son. (I disagreed, she insisted) This book is honestly a story I would start off an 8 or 9 year old with who is really interested in chapter books, or reading it to a 7 year old at bedtime. Yes, the book does deal with death and it is an action novel, however Collins is such an awesome writer that I honestly think it's worth the read of anyone who is a fan of The Hunger Games Trilogy.
I am excited to read the next ones in the series, Adam and Sara, the two of you would like this book a lot....more
**spoiler alert** Oh my GOD I HATED THE ENDING!!!!!!!!!!
I loved this trilogy, I loved the final book's characters, I even loved the battle scenes that**spoiler alert** Oh my GOD I HATED THE ENDING!!!!!!!!!!
I loved this trilogy, I loved the final book's characters, I even loved the battle scenes that Collins created when the kids invaded the Capitol. I adored the development and the relationship between Annie and Finnick, especially the wedding and the birth of their child. I actually cried when Finnick was killed, and I haven't cried in a book since Hedwig died in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. I was sad and really shocked when Cinna was beaten to death in front of Katniss in Catching Fire, but I didn't cry. Surprisingly, after the main character, Cinna was my favorite character in this series. I loved that he had a presence in this book, with the new uniform for the military fighter that Katniss was to become, and I love the way she spoke of him in a loving manner, like an older brother or mentor figure that he was.
I hated the love story, in fact it sickened me. I loved that Peeta was rediscovered and that it added to the mystery and uncertain air that Collins created in the book. I loved the relationship that Katniss and Peeta were forced to rebuild between them, however it never touched on loving or sickeningly happy ending. I loved that Gale was a jealous attention whore because I kind of felt he was always that way, and that her obliviousness to him as male helped add to the detatchment she held when he left.
Coin and Snow, the best villians and true politicians. I love how little Katniss trusted Coin and how much she defied her by making decisions for herself and for the safety of others. I enjoyed how she hated being the posterchild for Coin's revolution, despite being the central image of the revolution before she arrived in District 13. Coin's namesake was rather fitting as well, because the image portrayed has the exact opposite side to her actual intentions and feelings, particularly towards Katniss. I appreciated what Collins did to create District 13 as a military state with technology to survive, but not actually live. It helped to tie the Snow/Coin dichotomy tighter, stating that under the Capitol, you have no freedom, and in District 13 you have no freedom.
I totally saw Primrose dying, as did anyone else if they really thought about it. It did shock me, however the confusion of the novel and how it ended KILLED me. I loved that Katniss killed Coin instead of Snow, and I love that Snow died by choking, because the irony was sooooooooo good. That being said, I wanted to see the trial and to see how the world fared. The epilogue was CRAP and everyone knows it was, especially the author. For myself, I felt like Collins was tired and just ended the book because she needed to meet a deadline. That is the only explanation I can honestly come up with to explain why the book, which was written with so much love and dedication, just ENDED. I wanted so much more out of this story, and I really was disappointed in the ending, merely because it just ENDED....more