To begin off with, I was slightly skeptical of the book (or books) when i first heard about them; thinking them to be some sort of popular series/set...moreTo begin off with, I was slightly skeptical of the book (or books) when i first heard about them; thinking them to be some sort of popular series/set of books like Twilight. But after asking a friend about the first one - i found myself drawn slightly to them and from the moment i picked it up, i was hooked. I didn't put the book down until i finished it, which was the early hours of the morning.
The book is set in the future in North America - after the supposed nuclear war or world war that breaks out destroying most of civilisation. The book is set after the evens of a rebellion - there were once thirteen districts, each responsible for producing a much need resource - power, agriculture, fuel etc. and were all governed by a Goverment known as "The Capitol." However an uprising in which the events are known as The Dark Days, results in a rebellion - which is swiftly crushed and destroyed, destroying the thirteenth district leaving twelve behind. The Hunger Games serve as a reminder of the Dark Days, as a warning to the remaining districts that The Capitol are in control of everything. The Hunger Games involve the choosing of one male and on female from each district where they will compete against each other and to survive until there is only one Victor. The Victor goes home to their district and are showered with food and other resources.
The book focuses on 16 year old Katniss who has been putting her name into choosing as required by law but also multiple times in order to gain extra grain and fuel for her family. However when her 12 year old sister puts her name in for the first time, she is chosen and unable to bear losing her sister - Katniss steps up to take her sister's place.
The book will have you on edge, have you biting your fingernails, have you turning the page to find out what happens and above all wonder how will it turn out in the end. It is a tale of action, thrills, small amounts of romance and survival.
In short - for those who enjoy suspense and thrillers, this is the book for you. (less)
Infernal Devices is the thrid installment of the Mortal Engines Quartet, where we follow the adventures of Hester and Tom back into the Hunting Ground...moreInfernal Devices is the thrid installment of the Mortal Engines Quartet, where we follow the adventures of Hester and Tom back into the Hunting Ground, looking for their daughter. When I first purchased the book I was quite excited by it - my opinions of the first two in the series were quite high as I enjoyed them quite a lot. However I felt that Infernal Devices was had a fairly good storyline, but in quite a few parts it was quite predictable. but overall quiye a good read.(less)
Mortal Engines takes place in the far future - where cities are in fact moving machiens that roam the earth and are more or less animals that hunt eac...moreMortal Engines takes place in the far future - where cities are in fact moving machiens that roam the earth and are more or less animals that hunt each other with the strongest surviving; "survival of the fittest." I reach Mortal Engines as a result of a reccomendation by a frend that they said it was good - I must admit that I agree; the idea of cities roaming around the earth is indeed creative and exciting. The stoyline/plot is also a thrilling one - one that will keep readers on the edge of their seats. Overall, I'd say a rather good book for it's audience.(less)
I've read the previous book which was "Thousand Sons" and I thought it rather good. "Prospero Burns" is a rather interesting read as it does put a who...moreI've read the previous book which was "Thousand Sons" and I thought it rather good. "Prospero Burns" is a rather interesting read as it does put a whole new perspective on the Space Wolves; I'll admit that I like many people have thought them a savage race - in "Prospero Burns" we learn about their heritage and we see how mere "mortals" see the Astartes, as well as the main assualt upon Prsopero. The beginning is particularly good - it has a fantastic start with describing the planet of Fenris as well as the famous phrase - "there are no wolves on Fenris" (which I still don't understand), and the story line is a rather good one, although it doesn't go in some parts in a linear way. Overall "Prospero Burns" is a brillian book, another fantastic book written by Dan Abnett.(less)