I've heard about Hunger Games for quite a while but I was never interested in reading it because science fiction is not really my thing, and I was kinI've heard about Hunger Games for quite a while but I was never interested in reading it because science fiction is not really my thing, and I was kind of put off with the dark idea of children killing each other :|.
Nevertheless, I was searching for new material to read, so when I stumbled across the book in Kinokuniya, I picked it up and read the first chapter. And surprisingly it was quite good!
One of the reasons why I love The Hunger Games because it is not about a love story. Sure, there is a love story developing between the main characters Katniss and Peeta Mellark but it does not override the main theme.
The book focuses more on how the people of Panem suffers under the rule of Capitol, how they unite and the extreme sacrifices they make to bring the Capitol down. The whole story is filled with so much violence, brutality and horrible deaths, to a point where I feel very much grateful that it is not the real life. Can you imagine watching kids as young as twelve killing each other on live TV?
I can't imagine having to let go any of my brothers and sisters to participate in the Games, I would have volunteered to replace them (and probably died first in the arena, I can't imagine having to actually kill anyone).
Another reason is because of Katniss. I love Katniss. She is a tough, strong, smart girl who would do anything to protect her mother and sister. She is the breadwinner of her family. She hunts and trades to bring food to the table. She's just amazing, and she's only sixteen.
So yeah, in conclusion, please read The Hunger Games. LOL....more
I was 13 when I first read Harry Potter. Quite late, I know. I borrowed the first four books from a friend and binge-read them, and pestered my dad toI was 13 when I first read Harry Potter. Quite late, I know. I borrowed the first four books from a friend and binge-read them, and pestered my dad to buy me the fifth book when it came out (he bought me the hardcover one--such love!). Order of the Phoenix remained the only HP book I had (I borrowed the sixth and seventh) until a couple of years ago when I started to complete my HP collection.
But I digress.
I reread this again because it was way overdue. It's still as magical as I remembered. And now I'm pissed that they butchered Ron's character in the movies. He is a brilliant character, and they reduced him to this silly sidekick....more
The main reason why I love this book is how Lauren Oliver describes love as a deadly disease. The phases or symptoms of amor deliria nervosa are likeThe main reason why I love this book is how Lauren Oliver describes love as a deadly disease. The phases or symptoms of amor deliria nervosa are like the things you experience when you first fall head over heels for someone. All the anxiety, loss of appetite, hysterics…
From the way the disease is described, I get why people prefer to be cured. I mean, who would want to live like that? Feelings are temporary, and at the end of the day all that's left is heartaches. And you know how heartbroken people live.
I guess that's how the government came up with a solution to this problem: declare love as dangerous, invent the cure, eliminate all feelings, yay!
But try imagine living in a world where you don't love. You don't love your parents, Your parents don't love you. You don't love your job. You don't love your friends. You don't love your spouse. You don't love anything for that matter.
This is a sick, sick place to live in. People have children because they have to, not because they want to. And they merely see their children as a responsibility, not as human beings who need care and attention. Everyday is just good. Nothing less, nothing more. You cannot feel anything less or more. Yes you cannot feel anymore pain, but you also become boring.
I admit, the reason why I was so slow in reading this is because I did not find it interesting in the beginning. I felt it was kind of draggy but I stI admit, the reason why I was so slow in reading this is because I did not find it interesting in the beginning. I felt it was kind of draggy but I stuck with it, and things started to get engaging halfway through the book, when Max showed up.
The last few chapters basically killed me. I cried A LOT. I'm glad it ended the way it did, the epilogue is bittersweet. At least I felt that glimmer of hope after being stabbed so viciously in the heart during End of The World parts.
To sum it all up, it was beautiful. Poignant. Bittersweet. Emphasis on the poignant part. I basically died at the end....more
I admit, Sam annoyed the hell out of me at first. But then as the story progressed, she kind of grew on me. The way her character developed, the way sI admit, Sam annoyed the hell out of me at first. But then as the story progressed, she kind of grew on me. The way her character developed, the way she understood what she needed to do in the end... Man. Lauren Oliver, you did it again....more
I like Rachel's character in the book, somehow I can relate to her: she doesn't think she's pretty (and having a pretty best friend who seems to outshI like Rachel's character in the book, somehow I can relate to her: she doesn't think she's pretty (and having a pretty best friend who seems to outshine her all the time is not really helpful), and she doesn't think she's good enough. I can really understand her confusion about Dex, I mean, Darcy IS her best friend after all, no matter how bitchy she is. I like it that she tried to do the right thing – lay off Dex. And I was kind of irritated with Dexter not being man enough to just confront Darcy and cancel off the wedding. Like, dude, you are cheating on your fiancée with your fiancée's best friend! You're not really in love with Darcy anyway so why prolong things?
I was really satisfied when I found out that Darcy too had cheated on Dex with his best friend Marcus. I know, I know, two wrong things do not make a right but I think Rachel deserves her happiness, Darcy's "been riding roughshod over her for years.", to quote her guy best friend Ethan....more
I've been stalling, haha. I didn't want to finish it, but knew I would sooner or later so why prolong things?
What I like about Insurgent:
1. The writinI've been stalling, haha. I didn't want to finish it, but knew I would sooner or later so why prolong things?
What I like about Insurgent:
1. The writing. I think it's very much improved compared to Divergent. I like Insurgent better than Divergent.
2. Action-packed. Everything is like bam bam BAM in your face. I was like, "SLOW DOWN, Veronica, you're killing me!". It's like every time you try to catch your breath, she throws another grenade at you. GIVE ME TIME TO RECOVER, DEMMIT.
And it is full of twists and conspiracies. You don't know which side is good and bad anymore. You cannot trust anyone. It's not really black and white, everything's complicated. Like, you think you know something, but you really don't. I think Veronica really did a good job with blurring out stuff like that.
3. Tris. I just love her. She's such a complicated human being. We get to see her being vulnerable, and being a badass, then she's vulnerable again, then she's a badass again. It's an emotional rollercoaster.
We get to see how Tris is handling her reality: the simulation attack, her parents died for her, her killing Will. Her situation kind of reminds me of Katniss Everdeen in Mockingjay. There's only so much you can take when you're sixteen.
4. Four. Ok this is biased. I'm in love with him, of course I think he's awesome. In Insurgent, we get to learn more about the 'Tobias' side of Four. Gosh, this guy has so much to hide. He's a very mysterious character.
5. Factions. We get to learn more about Amity, Candor, Erudite, and even the Factionless.
What I don't really like about Insurgent:
1. The ending. It is kind of a meh for me, I know it's supposed to be a big cliffhanger but it didn't really have that big impact on me. I had to re-read a couple of times and was like, "Okay..."
26/7/12: I finished reading this for the 3rd time today. I decided to re-read CF because I realize that I can only recall so little of it. I mean, I h26/7/12: I finished reading this for the 3rd time today. I decided to re-read CF because I realize that I can only recall so little of it. I mean, I have read Mockingjay and THG lots of times, but never CF. It is probably my least favorite among the three; not because it isn't that great, but simply because I love Mockingjay the most out of the three, and I love THG first, so yeah CF ranked in 3rd.
And boy am I glad having discovered this series after it has completed and not having to wait for any of the sequels to come out because frankly, the cliffhangers in THG trilogy are some of the worst I've ever encountered in my whole reading experience.
Katniss, IMO, is one of the most bad-ass heroines of YA. I love how she is willing to go great lengths to protect people she loves. I love how smart and perceptive she is. I see some people say she is weak in this sequel, what with all the constant crying and stuff, but you have to remember, she was only sixteen when THG happened. She is still a child. And having to face all those horrors and survive, and forced to relive it again with the Victory Tour, it takes a lot of strength not to break down and let go of life. So yes, I think she is strong. And even strong people deserve breaks once in a while.
The Third Quarter Quell. Man, President Snow is really, really heartless. It's bad enough to reap kids to fight, but to reap kids (okay, maybe not kids so much) who have been in the Games to fight for the second time? My heart breaks when I read the part where Cecilia from District 8 is reaped, she has to detach herself from her kids. SHE HAS THREE KIDS. SHE HAS MOVED ON. And finding out she has to fight for her life again...this is beyond cruel. If I were to be reaped for the second time, I'd probably go mad.
Overall, I really enjoyed the sequel. Tick tock, it starts at midnight, chink in armor, the bread, ... Everything is so smartly written, is it legit to put it that way? Smart.
I am really anxious about the upcoming movie. There are so many important events in CF that makes me wish they'd make CF in two parts but of course not. ...more