What a mean but good shortstory. It played out much like the "the reaping" parts of the first hunger games book. I enjoyed the way Jackson really kept...moreWhat a mean but good shortstory. It played out much like the "the reaping" parts of the first hunger games book. I enjoyed the way Jackson really kept up the sort of nervous foreboding that kept me guessing until the end of the story. (less)
The second book picks up where the first left off. Katniss and Peeta are now back home in District 12 ready to make the grand tour throu...moreRemix Edition:
The second book picks up where the first left off. Katniss and Peeta are now back home in District 12 ready to make the grand tour through all the districts as winners of the 74th Hunger Games.
The tour shows to Kat and Peeta that their acts of defiance against the Capitol during the last hunger games has more than sparked acts of rebellion in many districts. However the residents of the capitol still see Kat and Peeta as the celebrity star crossed lovers not as symbols of rebellion demonstrating the very different circumstances between the capitol and the districts.
President Snow has no choice but to make a visit to Kat. He threatens to kill her family if she doesn't stop acting out and play up her and Peeta's relationship for the capitol. This chapter although important was aggrevating. Collins used very little dialogue and instead summarized a lot of important plot points in a paragraph or as a few lines of how Kat is feeling.
After the showdown with the President comes a few of the plot twists. The quarter quell marking the celebration of the 75th Hunger Games has a rules change making previous Tribute winners forced to participate. The President obviously rigged it in order to have Katniss a part of the games again but I literally laughed when I read it. The twist here to me just wasn't set up well enough.
Not taking the rules changes lightly the tributes begin to subtley speak against the Capitol during their interviews. Cinna rigs Kats wedding dress to burn up and reveal a mockingjay dress the two important syboms of the rebellion itself. This part I hope comes off better in the movie than it did in the book.
To play on the sympathies of the sponsors and residents of the capitol Peeta announces that he and Kat were secretly married and she is pregnant. Really? This was my second LOL moment of the book.
Getting back to Katniss again Collins left me wanting more from the book. Katniss naivity really got me frustrated at times and I feel it was due to poor writing than it being the character. Roughly half way through the book and Katniss still doesnt' know how she feels about Peeta and Gale. She doesnt' seem to understand how they feel about her. She doesn't realize that she and not Peeta is the symbol of rebellion until Haymitch literally says it to her at the end of the book.
Other characters got short changed in the sequel. Haymitch and Cinna the father figures to Kat are both really lacking in this book. Peeta and Gale again seem to both be the same character. Peeta the nice guy who loves Kat and Gale the other nice guy who loves Kat. The love triangle still leaves me rolling my eyes most of the time. Lets have Kat show emotion by kissing Gale or Peeta. Kat's still not sure how she feels? What the hell lets have her kiss them again for good measure.
The one thing about the second book that worked really well was the new arena. The setting seems much more thought out than the first book. I almost want to say that this arena would have been a better fit in the first book since Collins really played up the reality show theme in the first book. After seeing the movie I can really visualize the new game manager plotting out how the map should operate. The first arena seemed to much like Kats hunting woods behind district 12 with a few random bee hives and such sprinkled throughout. The second movie should easily translate the actions scenes and make for some cool moments.
Overall the book was average and I rate this slightly lower than book one. Collins lacks depth to make this a really good book. Instead we get whole pages describing food or what Kats new dress looks like. The dialouge is very lacking and relies to much on Kats internal monolouge. There are hints of Kats character growing and changing as the book unfolds but it underdeveloped. The book should hopefully make for a good movie next year. (less)