I can't remember the last time that I read a book in one sitting - this book was one of the few that I did, I couldn't put it down.
The whole concept o...moreI can't remember the last time that I read a book in one sitting - this book was one of the few that I did, I couldn't put it down.
The whole concept of this novel had me hooked from the beginning. It is set in the future where the world has almost been destroyed and is now divided up into 12 districts and the Capitol. As a punishment for the rebellion of district 13 (which was destroyed by the Capitol), the citizens of the 12 remaining districts, aged 12-18, get entered into a draw and whoever's name is pulled out is thrown into the Hunger Games.
The Games are a matter of survival. The strongest must kill all of the other contestants (tributes as they are known as)in order to win the Games and live.
Katniss Everdeen's name wasn't pulled out, despite the fact that she volunteered for her name to be put into the pot an extra three times to ensure that her family had enough to eat for the rest of the year. Her 12 year old sister, whose name is only in the pot once, gets pulled out instead. Katniss loves her sister more than anything else in the world and so volunteers to go into the games in her place.
The next name pulled out of the pot is the one person who showed kindness to Katniss when she was at her lowest and now she has to kill him to survive.
This novel is so fast paced that you do not have time to realise that you have read the entire thing before you are turning the last page. If I am honest, I only wanted to read the book because the movie had received so much praise and if I am going to watch a film, I like to read the book first. I was definitely not disappointed and I will be reading the second novel as soon as I can get my hands on it.(less)
I may be slightly biased in my review of this novel because I am a huge fan of Tess Gerritsen and have read all of her work.
This novel is the latest i...moreI may be slightly biased in my review of this novel because I am a huge fan of Tess Gerritsen and have read all of her work.
This novel is the latest in the Rizzoli and Isles series and starts with the brutal murders of three foster families. The only survivors are three children who appear, at first glance, to have no connection whatsoever. The only thing that appears to link them is the fact that their biological families were murdered in the same week leaving only the children as survivors.
All of the children end up at Evensong school. The school is specifically designed and structured to help children who have been the victims of crime - more specifically murder. All too soon strange things start happening at the school including the discovery of two twig boys and one twig girl being found hung in the woods and the apparent suicide of a teacher.
Rizzoli and Isles work to come to the bottom of the mysterious goings on at Evensong and the reason that these three children have all come to be in the same place at the same time.
Tess Gerritsen does not disappoint in this novel. It is full of suspense with twists and turns around every corner. The characters are further developed from the previous novels and I particularly like the development of Maura and Julian's relationship which is becoming much more like mother and son.
I would highly recommend this novel but it is imperative that you read the previous novels in order for you to understand some of references, particularly those relating to Maura and Julian's experiences in Wyoming.(less)