Like many people, I jumped onto The Hunger Games bandwagon, however, the first book was not love at first read for me. I attempted to read it last sumLike many people, I jumped onto The Hunger Games bandwagon, however, the first book was not love at first read for me. I attempted to read it last summer but could not get into it. I thought the beginning was slow and I put the book down and stopped after 20-30 pages. Then when I saw the movie trailer at the beginning of the month, I decided to give it another try. The second time around, I was immediately drawn in and found myself turning the pages at a rapid rate and staying up until the wee hours of the morning to find out what happened next.
I was completely captivated by the relationship between Katniss and Peeta, unsure of how it would turn out in the end. As cliche as it sounds, I found a lot of myself in Katniss, which I believe is the reason why I enjoyed the book so much.
Yes it is young adult fiction and I am sure many will roll their eyes at me, but I have not had a book captivate me this much since when I read Harry Potter as a child. For me, a good book is one which takes me into a different world and makes me forget about the stressors in my life, which The Hunger Games did successfully....more
After finishing The Hunger Games, I immediately went out and bought Catching Fire and Mockingjay (the final book in the trilogy). Catching Fire was thAfter finishing The Hunger Games, I immediately went out and bought Catching Fire and Mockingjay (the final book in the trilogy). Catching Fire was the book I read the quickest of the three and like The Hunger Games, I was immediately drawn into the story.
The story picks up a few months after the first ended with Katniss and Peeta about to embark on their victory tour after being declared the winners of the annual Hunger Games. The two are suddenly the faces of a rebellion that they had no intentions to lead and chaos begins to ensure. From there, things complicate for the two when they are forced back into the arena in the Quarter Quell (75th Annual) Hunger Games.
I’ll admit, after finishing the first book, I was unsure how Collins was going to progress the series, but when Katniss and Peeta were put back into the games, I literally gasped. It was a twist that I definitely was not expecting and was on the edge of my seat the entire book. It was a bit more rushed than the first book, but I enjoyed it just as much. I also enjoyed the continuing evolution of Katniss and Peeta’s relationship and Catching Fire ended on a cliff hanger that made me immediately dive into Mockingjay....more
**spoiler alert** I liked the book, but I did not love it. It still had the heightened intensity of war and the rebellion, but it fell short for me. I**spoiler alert** I liked the book, but I did not love it. It still had the heightened intensity of war and the rebellion, but it fell short for me. I was fine with the beginning of the book, although a little slow. I was intrigued by the new life of those who had fled to District 13, the district that was thought to have been destroyed, but had literally risen from the ashes and was reborn.
However, the second half of the book was very rushed and at times, a little confusing. I had to go back a number of times to re-read a passage to make sure I understood what happened. I also became increasingly annoyed with Peeta, who had been captured and essentially brainwashed by The Capitol to hate Katniss. When he was captured back by District 13, he was angry and clearly out of his mind. I understand why (obviously), but, for the first time in the series, I was rooting for Gale over Peeta.
The biggest disappointments for me was amount of deaths, especially of Prim and Finnick. I thought that they were rushed, pointless, and did not have the impact Collins had hoped for. I was also disappointed by how Katniss had control over nothing. Unlike the other two books, Katniss was strong and definitely stuck up for herself and beliefs, but I felt that she had none of this in the third book. She was ” just a piece in their games” and the only true moment of the “real” Katniss was when she shot Coin instead of Snow at the end.
As much as I expressed disappointment over this book, I did enjoy it, but was expecting much more. I was definitely sad when I finished the series!...more
This book was recommended as another dystopian fiction trilogy that is similar to The Hunger Games.
This book was definitely different from The HungerThis book was recommended as another dystopian fiction trilogy that is similar to The Hunger Games.
This book was definitely different from The Hunger Games trilogy, but also similar. There was the control of the government over its people and the pressure to conform to the rules, otherwise you will be jailed or worse.
It took me 100 pages to finally get into the book. Just when I was about to give it up, the storyline started to pick up and I was hooked! I could not put the book down!. There is such a sense of urgency when Gaia is forced crack her mother’s code, and eventually flee and save her baby sister.
Overall, I did enjoy the book. Gaia and Leon grew on me, much like how Katniss and Peeta did in The Hunger Games....more
**spoiler alert** This is the final book in the series (sort of) and I could not put it down. I think I read it in about three days. Like the other tw**spoiler alert** This is the final book in the series (sort of) and I could not put it down. I think I read it in about three days. Like the other two books in the series (The Maze Runner and The Scorch Trials which I read in February), it had suspense, betrayal, and some romance thrown in. It had a different tone than the other two books (even more serious- if that is possible) but I was constantly left on the edge of my seat wondering what was coming next.
There were definitely moments where I sympathized with Thomas and the other characters, and other times when I was flat out frustrated. I felt the pain Thomas had when he was faced with the decision on whether or not to kill a close friend.
Throughout the series, I was so intrigued by the character of Teresa and latched onto every detail given about her. Maybe this is my actor side coming out, but I kept finding myself trying to get into the mind of Teresa and figure out what she was thinking, even if she was not mentioned in the scene. I know that many readers did not like Teresa by the end of the series, but I had the opposite reaction. Maybe I did not love her character by the end, but I wanted to know more about her.
I have read that there is talks of this series coming to the big screen, but it has not been “green-lighted” yet. I really hope they do make this book series a movie (and have open casting calls because I want to play Teresa…haha…but seriously!). Of course if this series is made into films, it will inevitably be compared to The Hunger Games, but I think, if done in the right way, these books will make a very strong movie franchise.
I am very excited that Dashner is releasing a prequel to the series called The Kill Order to be released on August 14, 2012. It will set up the story before Thomas and the others arrived in the maze and how WICKED came to be. I know that it will be a great book and I am hoping that it answers some of the questions that I have been dying to figure out!...more
I know that I am a year behind the times, but I finally was able to read the book. I was on hold for three months at the library, but good things comeI know that I am a year behind the times, but I finally was able to read the book. I was on hold for three months at the library, but good things come to those who wait. To say it short- I LOVED this book! It has the perfect mix of action, conflict, intrigue, and a little romance.
This book has often been compared to The Hunger Games and I can see why, but this book is very different. I loved The Hunger Games and I loved Divergent for different reasons, so I can not say that I preferred one over the other.
What I liked about Divergent is that it is very well written. The characters are developed (especially Tris and Four) and their relationships with each other are well defined. I also thought that Roth did an excellent job of “showing, not telling” the story, something I think is missed in many YA books of this genre. I like to be taken on a journey and fully immersed in a story and that is exactly what I got while reading this book. I was constantly on the edge of my seat, wondering what was going to happen next. This book is definitely a fun read.
I did have some problems connecting with Tris though. Unlike Katniss in The Hunger Games, I was unsure whether or not to define Tris as a “strong, butt-kicking heroine.” There is no doubt that she has the physical strength but mentally, I was unsure of some of her actions. At times, her actions seemed more self-serving than I expected.
Another “issue” I had with this book was the way the chapters were laid out. Now, I come from a very strong theatre/ acting background so maybe this is the “actor” side of me coming out, but I felt that each chapter was a separate scene. There was a definitive break from the action at the end of one chapter to the action of the beginning of the next. The chapters never blended into each other, sort of like a movie. Movies have different scenes and once a scene is over, there is a clean break to the next scene (different action, actors, location, etc). I do not know if this was just me seeing this, but I did notice it. It is not a bad thing, but it makes me wonder if she wrote the book this way on purpose (as she already has the movie rights sold on all three books).
Overall, I enjoyed the book immensely and I am eagerly awaiting my turn to pick up Insurgent at the library!...more
Confession- I did not technically read this book. When I went to pick it up from the library, I was presented with the audio CD’s instead of the book.Confession- I did not technically read this book. When I went to pick it up from the library, I was presented with the audio CD’s instead of the book. Normally this would bother me (because I comprehend material better when I physically have it in front of me verses it being told to me), but I was going on a trip to Washington DC and needed something to listen to on the Metro.
I normally stay away from books like this, but I watched Mimi Alford’s interview on TV a month or two ago and was intrigued. The book is told from her point of view and follows her journey from first arriving to Washington in 1962 to her current life, and everything in between. To me, it seemed like an honest account of what happened between her and the President. Of course there is no way of truly verifying the facts, but I did not feel like she was making up facts or anything.
The book was not as salacious as I expected, but I preferred this. I would not say that I sympathized with Alford, but I also did not resent her. It seems like she was a naive, young woman who got caught up in the moment. JFK is known throughout history as a womanizer and charmer and Alford was one of his “targets.” I could understand how she became enamored with him.
Overall, a quick read (or listen: it was about 6.5 hours on tape). If you are interested in the JFK presidency or books like this, read it. If not, pass on it....more
**spoiler alert** First- Do NOT read the author forward. It completely gives away the ending! Luckily I read it when I was half-asleep when I read it**spoiler alert** First- Do NOT read the author forward. It completely gives away the ending! Luckily I read it when I was half-asleep when I read it and actually forgot the ending.
I normally do not like Stephen King. His books do not interest me and sometimes, a bit horrifying. However, I could not put this book down! I brought this book with me to Washington DC and when I was not listening to Once Upon A Secret, I was reading this. The book moves very quickly and I was completely drawn in from the start. There are definitely some gruesome and vivid scenes that are still in my mind (a month later).
Ben Richards is a man out of work and trying to support his wife and daughter. When his daughter gets sick, Richards becomes a contestant on the most intense shows the Network Games produced. The concept is simple, run away and stay alive. For every hour you survive, you add $100 to your pot. If you survive 30 days, you win $1 billion New Dollars. However, there is a bounty on Ben’s head and anyone who finds him, receives a cash reward, and Ben is immediately killed. Ben is given a 12-hour head start, $4,800, and a pocket video camera he must use to send messages twice a day to the Network for broadcasting that evening.
Ben travels all across the United States, changing disguises and enlisting other individuals to help him survive. He car-jacks Amelia Williams, holds her hostage to get his demands met. The ending is shocking and disturbing (I won’t spoil it), but it definitely is memorable. However, let’s just say it was not the best book to read while flying in an airplane (as I was doing when I finished).
Overall, I understood the underlying message, and really enjoyed the book. Maybe I will give Stephen King another chance?...more
I am slightly embarrassed to admit that I actually read this book, but I am a HUGE Brady Bunch fan. Even though I am a 90′s child, I watched re-runs oI am slightly embarrassed to admit that I actually read this book, but I am a HUGE Brady Bunch fan. Even though I am a 90′s child, I watched re-runs of the show on Nick at Nite and TV Land growing up. I did not read this book to be entertained and put into a story, rather, I wanted to find out some tidbits about one of my favorite shows.
The book was ok. It kept me entertained and I laughed at a few parts, but it was nothing mind blowing. I did find Chapter 17 (entitled “One Toke Over The Line”…I’ll let you figure that out) to be hilarious and found the clip in question on YouTube. I was surprised to find out how much tension and disagreements there was on the set between Sherwood Schwartz and Robert Reed.
It was a fun, quick read and I know that I will never watch The Brady Bunch again in the same way! If you like The Brady Bunch and have a little time to read, then pick up this book. Otherwise, just pass on it and move along....more
I would not have picked up this book if I had not seen it pop up on my Goodreads feed a few months ago. However, I am glad that I did because the messI would not have picked up this book if I had not seen it pop up on my Goodreads feed a few months ago. However, I am glad that I did because the message of this book has stuck with me. While I have never dealt with extreme depression and suicidal thoughts, I have had people close to me have these feelings. It is difficult to truly understand the thoughts and feelings of someone who has felt this way.
I could relate to Ryan (the main protagonist) in some ways. His suicide attempt was not sparked by one specific event, but rather his feelings of complete emptiness and feeling as though he were stuck behind glass, cut off from the rest of the world. While I have never felt these feelings to the extremes that Ryan did, I definitely had many of those same thoughts throughout middle and high school. The feeling of being completely ignored by others and unable to find a way out.
I really liked how Ryan and Nicki came together and united. Never once did I question the intentions or validity of their friendship. It astonished me how quickly the two were able to open up to each other and help each other in their own way.
The book definitely addresses a dark and uncomfortable subject matter, but it is just over 200 pages, so it is not a long book. I hope that maybe an independent movie company will come around and make a movie out of this because I think it would be incredibly powerful.
I would highly suggest to pick up this book. It makes you think and learn a few lessons too....more