Important and thoughtprovoking book. The author Ariel Levy presents her arguments in a way that is both easy to understand and easy to relate to. Made...moreImportant and thoughtprovoking book. The author Ariel Levy presents her arguments in a way that is both easy to understand and easy to relate to. Made me re-think female sexuality and general female behaviour majorly. I think all (especially young) women should read this and re-think their behaviour and what they're trying to achieve by it.(less)
I LOVED this book. You have to take it for what it is, it's young adult, not fine literature, but it was really enjoyable, and for once we have a fema...moreI LOVED this book. You have to take it for what it is, it's young adult, not fine literature, but it was really enjoyable, and for once we have a female lead character who's worth admiring.
The Hunger Games is the first book in The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins. I already finished the second book,Catching Fire, and started the third, and last one, Mockingjay. All in less than a week, they're THAT good. I have, however, decided only to review the first, The Hunger Games, as reviewing the second and third would mean revealing spoilers.
The Hunger Games take place in a near-distant future, where the US no longer exists, instead there's Panem, where 12 Territories are controlled by the Capitol. There used to be a 13th Territory, but during a rebellion, that territory was destroyed. In order to keep the rest of the territories under control, the Capitol hold The Hunger Games each year. Each territory must submit a boy and a girl between the age of 12 and 18. The Games are televised live, and there's only one rule: kill or be killed. Last person standing wins.
Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen volunteers to take her twelve-year-old sisters place, when her name is drawn, not realizing she'll have to fight to the death against the boy who once saved her life when she was eleven.
One of the things I love so much about Katniss is that she's flawed. She's deeply flawed, and so, she is deeply human. She's strong, intelligent, distrustful, suspicious, scared, caring, loving, she's flawed, but she's human and real.(less)
A few weeks ago I read Ender's Gameby Orson Scott Card. I had been told I absolutely must read it - and it was even bought for me.
I must say it was mu...moreA few weeks ago I read Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card. I had been told I absolutely must read it - and it was even bought for me.
I must say it was much better than I expected, it has become a classic for a reason. The book is science fiction, set a few hundred years from now in a future where people live in perpetual fear of "the buggers" who once almost destroyed humanity. This fear has kept a fragile peace on earth between the different countries, as everyone are focused on preparing for a - hopefully - last fight against the buggers.
To improve their chances against the buggers, all kids are watched and the most suitable are sent to special military training schools.
Ender is one of these gifted kids - potentially the most gifted of all. Passing through the system quicker than anyone before him - partly because of his talents, partly because he must.
It is hard to explain Ender's Game, to do it full justice. I highly recommend it. It is a rather short book, but very thought-provoking and enjoyable.
"The sister is our weak link. He really loves her." "I know. She can undo it all, from the start. He won't want to leave her." "So what are you going to do?" "Persuade him that he wants to come with us more than he wants to stay with her." "How will you do that?" "I'll lie to him." "And if that doesn't work?" "Then I'll tell the truth. We're allowed to do that in emergencies. We can't plan for everything, you know."