I just finished my reread of this book because when I got back into reading, I found Kiss of Life at Half Priced Books and thought, why the hell not?!...moreI just finished my reread of this book because when I got back into reading, I found Kiss of Life at Half Priced Books and thought, why the hell not?!
So I started this booking thinking, "God, could you talk ANYMORE about how she's goth..?" I understand, yes, she wears black. but you don't have to talk about how she's gothic in every damn chapter.
I jumped into this book again thinking, Ihatethisbookihatethisbookihatethisbook.
The book starts with introducing Phoebe, Margi, and Adam. Adam is Phoebe and Margi's best friend although he pretends he's not in school. There's a new dead kid in the school, Tommy Williams, who Phoebe takes immediate interest in. Tommy signs up for the football team, causing huge controversy and racism. Adam is neutral to the dead kids while Pete Martinsberg (I think that's his name) makes racist comments and threatens Tommy. As Phoebe takes more interest in Tommy, giving him poems and such, she attends his football game where there are riots and protesters not wanting him to play. When he is finally put into the game, people realize how good he is but then he quits. Phoebe, Adam, and Margi join a Differently Biotic class to learn more about the dead kids. They realize how bad things really are. While Phoebe and Tommy get closer and closer, Tommy reveals to her the murders of the already dead kids that the news doesn't report about and things take a wild turn.
In a lot of my reviews, I describe how the characters feel "real" to me. I'd say that but, it'd just be pure irony. The characters aren't as strong as characters I've read in other books but they're still lovable. Karen and Tommy remind me of my own friends in some ways.
The writing was good although it felt like he repeated things a few times. I was happy with the way he worded things. Really made me feel like high school kids were talking.
This was a rather annoying book up until the end. I liked how it ended, a good cliff hanger and it led up to conflict well although many conflicts are still unresolved.
The Hunger Games stole my heart. As cheesy as it sounds, it did. Such a beautiful story. Okay, probably not the best word to describe it. But I'm not...moreThe Hunger Games stole my heart. As cheesy as it sounds, it did. Such a beautiful story. Okay, probably not the best word to describe it. But I'm not gonna say, "This was SUCH a gory, slightly disturbing tale about a game where everyone dies." Because that's just depressing. The Hunger Games was interesting, vivid, heartwrenching, romantic, heartfelt and all those other words you can think of. The story begins with our main character, Katniss, who reveals much about herself in the first few chapters. How she met her best friend, Gale; how she feeds her family, how her father passed away, how she got her cat (That is more her sisters than anyones, it hates Katniss), how she makes money, and so on. Then, the day of the reaping approaches. Which is the day where one girl and one boy in each district is picked at random for The Hunger Games. Starting at 12, your name will go into the drawing once. But on the 8th day of every month, you can put your name in again and again and again in return of oil and grains. When the time comes, Prim (Named after the Primose flower) is picked and Katniss volunteers for a game where 25 people are thrown into an arena to fight to the death. The boy name is picked and it is Peeta Mellark, a boy from Katniss' childhood who once saved her life. Their journey continues through make overs, ceremonies, interviews, train rides, feasts, and training all leading up to the legendary Hunger Games. Finally, the time has come to start into the arena and the plot takes a huge spin. The Hunger Games is a must read. A MUST READ. You will cry, you will giggle, you will smile, you will wince as if you, yourself, is actually apart of the book. Collins told such an amazing story, that I believed I was Katniss while reading this and felt her pain. Honestly, I'm not quite sure what the other books will bring but I'm excited to find out. And, if you want me to be completely honest, there are only two things that I didn't quite enjoy about the book. 1.) Way too little dialouge. But Collins couldn't help it, Katniss was by herself most of the time, what was she going to do, talk to herself? And 2.) Too much unnessecary story telling. You know, when there are random times where the other character will go into a long story about something pointless? Such as Katniss' story about how her sister, Prim, got her goat... Otherwise, this book doesn't have flaws. I'm glad that Suzanne Collins was able to tell this story so well because this plot could've been ruined by someone who had it all in their head but didn't quite know how to write it down, but Collins did. She wrote down her vision of this story, and it was amazing.(less)
Oh, my. I WANTED TO THROW THIS BOOK AT THE WALL. Not because I didn't like it. . . . BUT BECAUSE I DON'T HAVE THE NEXT BOOK YET. HURRY UP, WESTERVILLE...moreOh, my. I WANTED TO THROW THIS BOOK AT THE WALL. Not because I didn't like it. . . . BUT BECAUSE I DON'T HAVE THE NEXT BOOK YET. HURRY UP, WESTERVILLE PUBLIC LIBRARY. HURRY. This book made me cry. So did the last one so, what's new?
This book takes place almost right after the games. Peeta and Katniss are going on the Victory Tour which is where they tour all the other districts (Probably didn't have to explain that. . . .) Anyways, Peeta and Katniss say/do startling things during their speeches which cause the Capitol to get extremely angry. As you know, Peeta and Katniss didn't leave off on such a hot note in the last book so, things are patched up and the whole "star-crossed lovers/madly in loooooove" stuff is taken on a whole new level when Katniss finds out that she has to be in the Quell. The Quarter Quell (I think that's what it's called) is where there is technically another Hunger Games but it only happens every 25 years. Originally, Katniss and Peeta were to be mentors for the District 12 tributes but then the rules are changed (Because, you know, THE CAPITOL JUST LOVES TO INFLICT PAIN ON EVERY ONE). The rules are changed to where victors of the Hunger Games are to fight in the arena. Which means Katniss and either Peeta or Haymitch have to fight again. I'm just gonna say this right now, it's Peeta. Obviously. Anyways, Peeta and Katniss say more startling things and Cinna even pulls a trick of his own which leads him to punishment. While the Quell is going on, the districts are revolting and there are rumors of a secret community under District 13. I SHALL SAY NO MORE. :)
This was better than the first book. You are introduced to several new characters that I attached to easily and the romance is seriously hiked up. This book has a LOT more violence but, that's alright. Gale is not particularly a huge character in this book yet again so if you're Team Gale, I think it's safe to say that it might just be all Peeta. Team Peeta!(less)
Enclave, Enclave, Enclave. I first saw this book on this website and I searched and searched all of the Half Price Book stores that I could find. Nada....moreEnclave, Enclave, Enclave. I first saw this book on this website and I searched and searched all of the Half Price Book stores that I could find. Nada. Not one store had it. Eventually, the library handed over this book to me. FINALLY, I was able to read it.
I just knew it would be good. I had high expectations and it exceeded them. For those of you who follow my reviews know that I'm a huge feminist. This book showed off the main character's agility and talent. Duece, went through the naming ceremony and was made a huntress. With her new partner, Fade, they go on a journey to Nassau, a city in their world that lies underground. They run into people that they call Freaks and meet new people called the Burrowers.
A scandal hits College, the city Duece and Fade live in. Duece steps forward and takes the blame for something she didn't do and is forced to go to Topside. Topside is the world above ground. Fade goes to Topside with Duece. As they travel, they run into more enemies and end up taking others with them named Stalker and Tegan.
After a long ride in Topside, Tegan gets injured and they are in desperate need for help.
This book kept me entertained from the very beginning. I just knew I'd love it. I don't really want to relate this book to The Hunger Games because they're completely different books but if you liked THG, then yes, you will love this book also.
This book was filled with action and romance. It shows the struggles of these teens who consider themselves Elders. The overall story was just so interesting that the reader just isn't sure how it could possibly end. I'm eagerly waiting the second book and I reccommend this to everyone. Short and straight to the point with well-developed characters.(less)
**spoiler alert** Let's pretend that me and my best friend are in a fight. I want to make nice with my best friend by asking her stupid questions but...more**spoiler alert** Let's pretend that me and my best friend are in a fight. I want to make nice with my best friend by asking her stupid questions but she just gives me blunt, short, boring answers that leave me thinking about her answer way more than I should. This is how the book felt to me.
Katniss is now in District 13, living a life that seems like a dictatorship, but with a somewhat all right leader, President Coin. Nothing like Snow. Peeta was captured by the Capitol. President Coin offers Katniss to be the Mockingjay, the face of the rebellion. She accepts, but only under certain conditions. Personally, I feel like this book is quite difficult to sum up without giving away spoilers like crazy. I try to keep it semi-spoiler-free. . . .
Lemme just get to the point of what I thought of it: I didn't like it a whole lot. The beginning was written beautifully and this book kept my attention for so long that I finished it at 5 in the morning (This morning) just so I could finish. Peeta killed me in this book. He made me tear up because I felt like I was Katniss throughout the story. I felt like I could feel her pain. Peeta is different and I don't know what snaps in him but he finally comes back to normal. . . . within the last hundred pages. . . .
Mockingjay clearly made me cry more than all of the other books. A lot of people die and you can almost feel the grief.
I have to give spoilers because I just need to say some things! Most of these are things I cried over.
1. Finnick dies.. I mean really? He became one of my favorite characters. I loved him so much.
2. Prim dies. I didn't even know she died, I had to go back and reread. Towards this part in the book, I began to skim through because I was so tired. When I went back to read it, I cried my eyes out.
3. When they find out Peeta was hijacked/infected with tracker jacker venom and they're not sure he'll ever be the same. I cried everytime he was mean to Katniss. I'm emotional...
4. When Katniss sings the Hanging Tree song that her father used to sing, I believe I memorized the words and cried then, too.
5. When I found out Madge didn't make it out of District 12 alive.
6. When Katniss flipped out on Buttercup and then snuggled with him because he's all she really has left.
7. THISPARTJUSTREALLYPISSEDMEOFF. You don't get to say goodbye to Gale or anything, really. You find out that Gale's bomb was the one that killed Prim. When Katniss is about to assassinate President Snow, as one of her conditions of being the Mockingjay, she kills Coin instead. AS punishment, in a way, Katniss is returned to Victor's Village to live there while Greasy Sae cooks her food and Haymitch lives next door. Greasy Sae tells Katniss that Gale is working in 8 (Or is it 2?) and that's all you hear from him. That's it. He's working somewhere else and YOU CAN'T SEE HIM, HAHAHAHAHA. . . .
The ending of this book was the kicker. I was just so upset that I dreamt of it last night. I didn't want it to end so abruptly. Almost like, she ran out of paper or something and HAD to finish quickly. The epilogue was cute. Unexpected and I was wondering the whole entire time what the childrens names were, but never found out.
It's not like I can say I wish Collins would write a 4th book because I know that it would in no way be possible but I wish I were able to see Peeta act like he loved Katniss more towards the end than have to hear Katniss just talk about it in her head. I just needed more. I guess I'll just be happy with what I got and hope for the best with the movies.(less)