Ah, where to begin with this book? Let’s start with Panem. Taken from satirist Juvenal, the original was panem et circensus, or bread and circuses. BaAh, where to begin with this book? Let’s start with Panem. Taken from satirist Juvenal, the original was panem et circensus, or bread and circuses. Basically, a society governed by diversions and pleasures, not by the upright conduct of a leader. This describes the Capitol in Collins’s creation to a T. So how is the populace of the Capitol entertained? By the same activities people have been entertained by for centuries: think gladiators, public executions, pure spectacle. Suzanne Collins’s world is starkly drawn and sometimes horrifying, but she has a good grasp on human nature in that respect. Collins’s world building was very well done
And now the characters. Katniss is a believable, complex character. Her personality bugs me sometimes, but her reasoning and motivations are believable to the character Collins draws. Peeta is also well drawn. I think his character is probably the most admirable. I wasn’t sure about his obsession with Katniss for years, but it didn’t really bother me that much. In District 12 it seems as if most kids the same age knew each other at least superficially so it wasn’t as far-fetched as some. *coughTwilightcough* And Katniss’s reaction to it (mostly confusion) was also believable. I have to give a shout-out to Rue. Poor little Rue *sniff* that scene was so sad.
If I was in the Hunger Games… pretty sure I’d be the first to go....more
Oh where to start… ok, first of all, they’re not star-crossed lovers. *shakes head* Also, WHAT WERE YOU THINKING COMPARING THIS TO ORWELL!? (yes, thatOh where to start… ok, first of all, they’re not star-crossed lovers. *shakes head* Also, WHAT WERE YOU THINKING COMPARING THIS TO ORWELL!? (yes, that totally deserved an interrobang) Ok, I’ll stop fuming and give an actual review now… Plot: The premise was interesting, the execution was horrible. Not to mention that every other word almost was a swear word and there was some pretty disgusting, random stuff thrown in. Characters: Flat. Static. Boring. This book was worse than Twilight, and if you know my view about Twilight, then that’s saying something…...more
I’m going to try really hard to keep the spoilers out, but I’m going to assume you’ve read the first two books. The Good: I liked getting to know Prim aI’m going to try really hard to keep the spoilers out, but I’m going to assume you’ve read the first two books. The Good: I liked getting to know Prim a little better, afterall, Katniss was ready to sacrifice herself for her. I also liked that the love triangle ended with nothing left hanging and minimal angst. By the end, Katniss couldn’t have ended up with anyone else. Collins continues to show her firm grasp on fallen humanity. The ending was good, if not completely satisfying: a reminder that you can’t just walk away from everything they all went through and live happily-ever-after. The Not So Good: This book definitely has a different pace than the last two, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. However, I felt the beginning dragged a little. I also didn’t think the death of a certain character at the end brought very much pathos and some of the other deaths happened so fast, there wasn’t time to grieve over them. Of course that may have been intentional since the characters didn’t have the time either. ...more
A superb sequel! For the review, I’m going to assume you’ve at least heard some things about this book (otherwise there may be slight spoilers, but noA superb sequel! For the review, I’m going to assume you’ve at least heard some things about this book (otherwise there may be slight spoilers, but nothing too terrible). The Good: Collins’s world building continues to be exceptional. I was worried the second hunger games would be boring and too similar to the first book, but the relationships between the tributes this time made it more dynamic, added more pathos. It was nice to get to know Gale a bit more, he was a little flat in the first book. I thought Collins’s portrayal of the effects of the trauma from the previous hunger games and then having to re-live all of that was written very well. The Not So Good: To be honest, the love triangle started to bug me in this book. I really just wanted to shake Katniss sometimes. And why do characters keep leaving others out of the loop? Talk to each other, people! *shakes head* ...more
Besides Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (which I’m not sure counts), this is my maiden voyage into zombie literature. Can I just start off by saying:Besides Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (which I’m not sure counts), this is my maiden voyage into zombie literature. Can I just start off by saying: YUCK, yuck, yuck, eeewwwwwwwww, GROSS! The Ok: The backstory of the sisterhood sounded intriguing, but I wished there had been more time spent on it. The heroine isn’t completely dependent on her love interest, she actually has a backbone. The Bad: As far as annoying love triangles (or quadrangle in this case) goes, this is one of the most annoying. She’s obsessed with someone else’s betrothed while she herself is betrothed. The two guys are both tripping over each other to be with her. Then, once she basically gets the guy she wants, she decides he isn’t good enough. Now, I’m all for heroines who aren’t dependent on their love interest *coughBellacough* but she’s basically willing to sacrifice all of her friends so she can see the ocean. *shakes head* Also, the zombie stuff kind of grossed me out sometimes, but in zombie literature that’s probably more of “it’s not you, it’s me.”
I just don't think I'm cut out for Zombies... ...more