**spoiler alert** I didn't finish "the dead and the gone" because I wasn't that into it, and while I did get through this one and it kept my interest,...more**spoiler alert** I didn't finish "the dead and the gone" because I wasn't that into it, and while I did get through this one and it kept my interest, it lacked the depth and feeling "life as we knew it" had and the ending was really creepy.
Doesn't it seem like Miranda killed Julie just so she could be with Alex? She didn't even give it much time, and it didn't really seem like the girl was in all that much pain, considering she couldn't feel anything. The only way that ending could have been satisfying would have been if there was some kind of resolution between Miranda and Alex, but instead all we get is her creepy dialogue about why she had to do it and how she can be with Alex and head off into the future. To me it seemed more like this is the start of the downfall of humanity rather than a glimpse of a merciful future.(less)
Don't ask me why I read this book. I didn't really like "Sent." I liked this one more than #2, but that's really no excuse as to why I picked it up in...moreDon't ask me why I read this book. I didn't really like "Sent." I liked this one more than #2, but that's really no excuse as to why I picked it up in the first place. I didn't like "Sent" because the science fiction seemed all off and it suddenly went historical fiction (though kudos for tricking all those kids into reading about history), and that's still true in "Sabotaged." What's also true in this one, only seemed even worse, is that the kids take forever to figure things out. I know they're kids, but COME ON. "I knew there was something I was missing, but I just couldn't figure out what it was" is a recurring sentiment for all of the characters, even the adults. It's very frustrating. I just want to know what's going on, I want someone, a narrator, a smart character, SOMEONE, to tell me what is going on. I'm not talking about spoiling the plot, or giving away the ending, or not having any suspense. But the suspense here feels contrived rather than genuine. The author creates it by withholding information with the lame excuse that the character doesn't remember or understand something that he clearly should remember and understand. "Didn't JB say something about this? I just don't remember." I hope the next one is good, because obviously I'm hooked on this series despite finding it flawed. And it even made me pick up a non-fiction book on Virginia Dare...(less)
The. Best. Book. Ever. I am going to change all of my other books to four stars just so this book can be the only one with five stars. Maybe. But it i...moreThe. Best. Book. Ever. I am going to change all of my other books to four stars just so this book can be the only one with five stars. Maybe. But it is that good.(less)
I couldn't put this book down. The action is great, I couldn't wait to find out how it was all going to end, but... I still feel like I'm missing some...moreI couldn't put this book down. The action is great, I couldn't wait to find out how it was all going to end, but... I still feel like I'm missing something.
From Wikipedia's Hunger Games entry: In a review for The New York Times, John Green wrote that the novel was "brilliantly plotted and perfectly paced", and that "the considerable strength of the novel comes in Collins's convincingly detailed world-building and her memorably complex and fascinating heroine." However, he also noted that sometimes the book does not realize the allegorical potential that the plot has to offer.
I think my biggest issue with the whole series is it "doesn't realize the allegorical potential the plot has to offer." I kept wanting it to mean more to me than it did. The government is corrupt and people should fight for personal independence. Citizens watch murder on TV as entertainment. Children are killed senselessly, either for entertainment or as casualties of war. Any of these things have meaning to us today, and I really wanted the book to shout out at me "Hey! Examine your world because this could be us some day!" But I felt like all of these ideas were jumbled and never fully realized. If I think about them, I see them there, but the plot moved along so fast that when an idea would surface it became secondary to someone melting or being eaten or shot or exploded.
I liked M.T. Anderson's Feed because it examines something true today -- our non-stop connection to technology -- and takes it several steps further, forcing the reader to look at the world today and wonder if Feed is where we are heading. I liked Scott Westerfeld's Uglies because it examines beauty and entertainment and how they distract people from questioning those in power. Definitely applicable today. I kept trying to figure out what Hunger Games was telling me, and what I came up with is war is terrible, governments are corrupt and controlling, people (even heroines) can be cruel, and sometimes when you ask "who are the good guys?" the answer is "no one." But I kind of already knew that. So either I'm looking for way too much out of this book, or I'm missing something.(less)
I enjoyed this book even more than The Hunger Games because I like the direction its taking and I love the relationship development between Peeta and...moreI enjoyed this book even more than The Hunger Games because I like the direction its taking and I love the relationship development between Peeta and Katniss. Who is that Gale guy, anyway, and who cares about him?? Another cliffhanger, though, so be prepared for a wait...(less)