Breathtakingly suspenseful, The Hunger Games is a dystopian novel set in the area that was once North America. Now devistated from war and natural disBreathtakingly suspenseful, The Hunger Games is a dystopian novel set in the area that was once North America. Now devistated from war and natural disasters, a new nation called Panem has arisen, dictated by the Capital, which sits in the center of 12 disctricts. After an attempted rebellion, the capitol created the Hunger Games to punish the citizens of Panem. Each year, each district must send 1 boy and 1 girl to a man-made arena to fight to the death on national television. The Games are treated as a sort of sport while the young hunt each other in the wilderness and avoid cruel obstacles created by the Game Makers. When Katniss Everdeen's younger sister is chosen as a Tribute for their district, Katniss volunteers to take her place, knowing that she has a nearly non-existent chance of making it home alive.
The Hunger Games is a made-to-be classic, destined to take its place beside Lord of the Flies and 1984. Filled with heart-stopping suspense, horrifying yet eye-opening violence, and a touch of romance, it keeps even the least avid reader--girl or boy--hooked from the first to the last page. However, considering how enjoyable the story is, it's far from brain candy. The novel touches on some important values, including the horrors of a ruthless tyrany, the unfair distributaion of wealth throughout societies, and the truth about just how far one will go to survive. The most horrifying part of this trilogy is how real it is. Written in first person, present tense, the reader journeys alongside Katniss through the arena, dodging deadly booby traps and other blood-hungry tribures. The fear is believable, as are the other emotions that strike the protagonist throughout the novel, including the confusion between her and her fellow District 12 tribute, Peeta, who has managed to convince all of Panem that he is madly in love with her. Without a doubt, this is a book that everyone should read, whether for entertainment value, or for a peek at the satirical messages laced throughout. If I could rate it with six stars, I'd easily give it 10....more
Dare I say it? Catching Fire is even more breathtaking than it's predecessor. As close to heart-stopping as you can get without risking hospitalizatioDare I say it? Catching Fire is even more breathtaking than it's predecessor. As close to heart-stopping as you can get without risking hospitalization. I read it for the first time as soon as it came out, and it was my favorite book out of the series.
Our heroes, Katniss and Peeta return, now unorthodox victors of The Hunger Games. Never before have 2 victors emerged, and the Capitol is not happy. The only reason they haven't yet been executed is because of their claim that they are madly in love--they couldn't help but cheat the system. Peeta, of course, is 100% convincing in their charade-if that's what it really is, but Katniss is still having problems adjusting, and Gale, who has been unusually distant since she returned home, isn't helping. As Katniss and Peeta prepare for their highly anticipated wedding, President Snow makes it clear that if they aren't convincing enough, there will be heavy prices to pay. And then the Quarter Quell comes. Every 25 years, the Game Makers have something 'special' in store for the districts for the annual Hunger Games. And this year is even more horrifying than usual, when it is announced that this year's tributes will be selected from the previous victors in each district. Being the only girl to have won in District 12, Katniss is guaranteed a trip back to the arena alongside Peeta, who refuses to let her go in without him.
At the end of The Hunger Games, I was sort of wondering where Collins was going to go with the story next, and I was a bit hesitant to read the sequel for fear of disappointment. Don't worry, there isn't a shred of it to be found.
While the first Game was centered more around the violence between the tributes, this arena is filled with multiple gruesome traps which torture those stuck insidein unimaginable ways--if they survive long enough to reach them.
Once again, the realness of the characters strikes horrifyingly close to home. This installation is even more terrifying than the first, and just as capable of keeping any reader on the edge of their seat through the entire fast-paced journey. I'll warn you, though. BEWARE OF CLIFF HANGER!...more
You never know what you're capable of until you're pushed to the extreme. While reading this book, I found myself holding my breath for most of it, anYou never know what you're capable of until you're pushed to the extreme. While reading this book, I found myself holding my breath for most of it, and it is impossible to put down. Don't count on finding a 'slow' spot to take a break.
In the blink of an eye, everyone over the age of 15 is gone. Just like that. No parents, no teachers, no older siblings. Children and pre-teens are left to fend for themselves. At first, it's great. Nobody to tell them what to do or where to go. No school. Just unsupervised fun inside what becomes known as the FAYZ. But with limited food and resources, and infants and toddlers running around, unable to fend for themselves, it soon becomes claer that someone will have to take charge. Due to a past of heroic events, Sam becomes the town's first pick. But Sam declines the position just in time for the kids from the nearby Coats Academy come. Coats Academy, a boarding school for troubled youth, is known for having no-good students, and as they move in to take power, this is only confirmed. Cane, the leader of the Coats group, and a couple of his cronies,have begun developing powers which have only strengthened since the come of the FAYZ, and they're not afraid to use them in order to keep control. But they're not the only one developing powers. Some kids from the city are also gaining strange abilities, including Sam, and soon, a battle begins to loom ahead. But they don't have long, because Sam's birthday is coming, and nobody knows what happens when you turn 15 in the FAYZ.
This book has everything: action, wit, drama, and even some romance. The suspense is only intensified as the story switches between personas. There's so much going on at any given time, and the countdown at the beginning of each chapter is about as heart pounding as the story itself. Strongly reccommended. ...more
Months after the initial disappearance of everyone 15 an over, things in the Fayz are worse than ever. Because of the lack of organization during theMonths after the initial disappearance of everyone 15 an over, things in the Fayz are worse than ever. Because of the lack of organization during the first couple of weeks, most of the food is gone. Kids are surviving on condiments and any animals they might be able to get their hands on. To add to the stress of starvation, more kids are developing powers, causing tension to mount between those with powers and those that are 'normal'. Sam continues to be the appointed 'mayor' of Perdido Beach, but things are going from bad to despite his attempts to get some order in the city. Meanwhile, Caine and his cronies are staying in the crumbling remains of Coates Academy where they were driven into hiding after the Thanksgiving Battle. Now that he went in search of the Darkness, hoping to gain more power to beat Sam during their next confrontation, he's plagued by illness and odd hallucination-like dreams. But as time goes on, the Darkness begins controlling more than his dreams, and even Caine's friends begin to question his motives.
Sam continues to be the main protagonist, working hard to regain order in the Fayze even though he never really chose the path that was forced upon him. Just as in the first installation of this heart-stopping series, the raw selfishness that we're all susceptible to is revealed, making certain aspects of this novel terrifyingly possible. There's a lot going on due to the switching between multiple points of views, but this, in my opinion, is one of the many ways Grant keeps the readers on the edge of their seats. It also helps us get to know characters other than the primary protagonist in ways that other third person narratives don't. The sequel definitely didn't disappoint me, and I was highly anticipating the 3rd book the second I finished reading this one....more
Fantasy usually doesn't catch my attention; I'm usually not into monster books with vampires and werewolves, etc. But The Mortal Instruments creates aFantasy usually doesn't catch my attention; I'm usually not into monster books with vampires and werewolves, etc. But The Mortal Instruments creates a world like no other, and I can't get enough.
When Clary arrives home one night to find her house ransacked and her mother missing, she is thrown into an adventure that she never saw coming. She discovers that she is no ordinary teenager, she is a Shadowhunter: a human-angel hybrid of demon hunters created to keep earth safe from the paranormal. But a threat is emerging that even Shadowhunters can't control. Valentine, a rogue Shadowhunter is on a mission to destroy the Clave--the governing force behind the Shadowhunters and create his own rule using the legendary Mortal Cup, and the only way to stop him, is for Clary to find the Mortal Cup first.
Laced with witty comedy and romance, The Mortal Instruments will have you addicted from the first page, all the way past the end. I wasn't able to get my hands on the sequel fast enough. Clare creates a new exciting world by putting a unique twist on an overdone concept, turning it into anything but cliche. Add that to the stunning characterization, and we have a recipe for (surprise, surprise)a top-ten on the New York Times best seller list....more
I had been hearing nothing but good things about this book all over the place, and of course, the movie is coming out soon, so I figured it was time tI had been hearing nothing but good things about this book all over the place, and of course, the movie is coming out soon, so I figured it was time to give it a go. I wasn't disappointed. Divergent submerges you in a distopian society where five factions, each based on a single core value (selflessness, peace, bravery, honesty, and intelligence) divide society. At age sixteen, you have the choice to leave the faction you were born into and join a new faction, where you will stay for the rest of your life. The story begins just before Beatrice, the main protagonist, and her brother get to choose whether they will stay in Abnegation, a faction dedicated to selflessness, or switch to another. Beatrice is torn. On the one hand, she knows her parents will be devastated if she leaves them (it is not common to associate with members of another faction, even if they are blood). On the other, she has never been good at the abnegation lifestyle. To make her decision even more difficult, her aptitude test, which is supposed to show which faction she would be most successful in, is inconclusive. The distributor of the test tells her that the results were puzzling and revealed that she is divergent. Without giving any details as to what the term means, she warns Beatrice not to tell anyone about her results because the rare result is extremely dangerous. On the day of the choosing ceremony, instead of staying with her old faction, Beatrice switches to Dauntless, a faction dedicated to bravery. Before becoming a member, she must go through initiation and learn to face her fears in brutal and horrific ways. If she fails initiation, she will not be accepted into Dauntless. She will become factionless: an outcast of society. This book has it all: mystery, constant excitement and danger, real emotions, and even a bit of romance as Beatrice, now known as Tris, begins to fall in love with her Dauntless instructor, Four. With every chapter there are subtle clues that are revealed about what it means to be Divergent, and why it's such a dangerous title to hold, but until the very end, the full meaning isn't made clear. Reader beware: this is a book that will keep you up at night long after you finish. May as well get the second book to avoid yourself the agony. ...more