Lots of twists and turns and odd things that you would never think of happening, happening. The first two thirds of the book sort of read like a dreamLots of twists and turns and odd things that you would never think of happening, happening. The first two thirds of the book sort of read like a dream sequence and it isn't until he finishes school (about 60% of the way through) that it begins to read more like 'This is reality and this is what is crazy and crazy things are happening and now we feel logical emotions about them.' It's a very good book, though it bothered me a bit that it takes place in America, with an almost all American cast, but it reads like it takes place in England through the eyes of an Englishman. The way they all talk and even just the narration of a lot of scenes, it felt almost impossible to not read it without reading it in an English-y accent. In that sense, it made the book feel a little false and sort of like it was trying too hard to be like Harry Potter, except in this version all the kids at Hogwarts are obsessed with the Chronicles of Narnia. My only other qualm with this book is that the main character is depressing above all else and he seems to hate life for no more reason than to just hate it. He's obsessive over his parent's lack of attention to him, which he states they refuse to give because they're too in love with one another. In my opinion, that's looking for a problem where one doesn't actually exist, especially since he's of college age. He's sort of almost bratty in a way and seeks out sadness without reason and for the first half of the book there's no explanation for it except perhaps a mental disorder so you have deal with his moodiness every few pages. And then when he finally does have the opportunity to be happy, he's constantly drinking and doing things to mess it up so there's a definite lack of sympathy between the main character and the reader. I think I only actually began to like him after his entire life really DID get screwed up, which was the point where he finally stopped moping and started doing something with himself. I also didn't particular like the ending, which I won't give away, just... It bothered me because it felt almost like was going backwards with his progress of being a real, good person.
Overall, the book was okay. There was no lack of interesting and creative things happening, sometimes uncomfortable things you wouldn't normally think about like, hmm, furry sex lol. There was a ton of things that took place in this book that always left me going "That's pretty freaking awesome." And Alice is just lovely and great, I definitely attached to her more than Q. There's plenty of beautiful imagery in the book, though at some points the metaphors seem a little pushed because they're so unimaginable and abstract. Brakebills sounds like an amazing college, definitely higher level learning than even America's Ivy's (which also made it feel very English) and the multitude of different things that occur throughout and then come back in the end are also pretty amazing because I would've sworn none of it was ever going to come back since there was so much happening....more
**spoiler alert** I just finished this book this morning and while it's a pretty amazing book, despite there being some grammatical issues in it that**spoiler alert** I just finished this book this morning and while it's a pretty amazing book, despite there being some grammatical issues in it that I felt should have been edited out, the ending just made me mad. It felt like such a waste. I read it on the Kindle so where the Hunger Games finally finished was at 95%, and the last 5% was two or more chapters long and it felt like a waste of time with the way it ended.
SPOILER ALERT: What I'm about to say spoils the ending so don't read if you haven't finished the book.
UGH I feel like she should have just ended it with the scene where Katniss was banging on the glass while the doctors were working on Peeta, THAT would have been an acceptable cliffhanger ending. Although, I guess I can understand why she went further on, to lay the basis for the next couple of books, but it just felt like such an unacceptable ending. Two chapters of her fretting about what the Capitol is going to do, four or five pages of them on their way home from the Capitol and the last page or two of Katniss just saying out loud to Peeta "Uhhh I don't know how I feel about you." - which is something the author said over and over and over and over so we GET IT - and then him being mad and her being like "Oh no, why didn't I think about how this would hurt him?". I finished it and I literally said: "Really, Katniss? Really, Susanna Clark, really?! THAT'S the ending of the book?" It felt like my Kindle forgot to download the last half of the chapter or something, but, no, there were the words: End of book 1. Probably the most irrtating part of all this was that she had to bring up Gale, who she never had ANY romantic inclination for, he was just her hunting partner, who, by the way, she got irritated with because he said he wanted a family so I don't even see why she was so hung up on him. I hate to say it, but girls CAN have male best friends and NOT be romantically in love with them somewhere in their heart.
-SPOILER ALERT OVER-
BAH. Otherwise, this book was really great. I guess I'm a fan of books where people have to kill off everyone around them in a wide open space (Battle Royale is one of my all time favorite books and this definitely had the feel of a PG version of it). Once you get past the Reaping, it's well written and the flow of the chapters makes you want to keep reading. Katniss is a little annoying during the first half of the book but she does get a lot better. Haymitch is pretty great, as is Peeta who is often used as comedic relief. Overall, I'd give it 4.5 stars because there are a few mistakes in the book (though that could be accounted as the editor's fault when they put it in Kindle format) and the end just irritated me beyond belief, but the rest of the book was really great....more