Wednesday, March 22, 2017

REVIEW: Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

Summary:

Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has won the annual Hunger Games with fellow district tribute Peeta Mellark. But it was a victory won by defiance of the Capitol and their harsh rules. Katniss and Peeta should be happy. After all, they have just won for themselves and their families a life of safety and plenty. But there are rumors of rebellion among the subjects, and Katniss and Peeta, to their horror, are the faces of that rebellion. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge.

Title:  Catching Fire
Series:  Hunger Games Trilogy
Book #: 2
Author:  Suzanne Collins
Approximate Book Length:  403 Pages
Recommended Reader Age:  16+
Sexual Content:  Mild

Thoughts:

This book once again brought me to tears and kept me on the edge of my seat. The PTSD that Katniss experiences and Snow’s threats backing her into a corner just killed me. Ending up back in the arena wasn’t a surprise, but it was hard to read. Very intriguing though. I guessed at some of the players, but not all. The arena itself was exciting, in a disturbing way. The ending is devastating and had me reaching for book three immediately. I honestly feel this book may have been better than the first.

Bottom Line:

Catching Fire is the beginning of the rebellion and Katniss is right in the middle whether she knows it or not. The stakes are higher and consequences for Katniss’s every action could be deadly for everyone. SO GOOD!

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

REVIEW: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Summary:

In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV. Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives alone with her mother and younger sister, regards it as a death sentence when she is forced to represent her district in the Games. But Katniss has been close to dead and survival, for her, is second nature. Without really meaning to, she becomes a contender. But if she is to win, she will have to start making choices that weigh survival against humanity and life against love.

Title:  The Hunger Games
Series:  Hunger Games Trilogy
Book #: 1
Author:  Suzanne Collins
Approximate Book Length:  387 Pages
Recommended Reader Age:  16+
Sexual Content:  Mild

Thoughts:

I didn’t really know what to make of things when I first started this book. Dystopian stories have always been hit or miss with me. Halfway through I went and bought the other two books in the trilogy.

Collins paints a very vivid picture making you feel like you’re right in the thick of it along with Katniss. Katniss isn’t the kind of girl I usually connect with as she’s not super emotional, but very practical. She does whatever she has to do in order to survive. Her emotions come out when and where it counts though, such as anytime she’s with or talking about her sister, Prim.

Peeta is a good guy and I felt bad for him. I liked Gayle and always felt for him too. The love triangle is tough, but not as teenage angsty as you might expect. Supporting characters were great too – very defined, both “good” guys and bad.

There is no sex in this book, but plenty of violence. This is a story about a bleak world where life is tough unless you live in the capitol. Katniss’s outlook on life and reactions to the events that transpire in the arena feel very realistic. The entire thing just felt very authentic.

Bottom Line:

The Hunger Games is a dark look at a very separated country with a tyrant at the helm. It had me emotionally invested and even though my heart broke repeatedly, I was utterly riveted.

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