Distopia, Reviews, YA

Review: Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

Rating: ★★★★★

Series: Hunger Games #3

Pages:392

Genre: YA, distopia

“My name is Katniss Everdeen. I am seventeen years old. My home is District 12. I was in the Hunger Games. I escaped. The Capitol hates me……..”

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Oh My!

After the cliffhanger from Catching Fire, Katniss is in District 13 the Nuclear District.

The previous two books were amazing, but it was like Katniss and Suzanne Collins have matured. It’s no longer a game and the state of the Capitol & Districts are in question.

I always give a spoiler free review. So I can’t really say much but I have included some of my favourites quotes from the books.

The Hunger Games trilogy is a thought-provoking tragic story of sacrifice, family, rebellion, and love.
“I want to tell the rebels that I am alive. That I’m right here in District Eight, where the Capitol has just bombed a hospital full of unarmed men, women, and children. There will be no survivors.” The shock I’ve been feeling begins to give way to fury. “I want to tell people that if you think for one second the Capitol will treat us fairly if there’s a cease-fire, you’re deluding yourself. Because you know who they are and what they do.” My hands go out automatically, as if to indicate the whole horror around me. “This is what they do! And we must fight back!”

“President Snow says he’s sending us a message? Well, I have one for him. You can torture us and bomb us and burn our districts to the ground, but do you see that?” One of the cameras follows as I point to the planes burning on the roof of the warehouse across from us. The Capitol seal on a wing glows clearly through the flames. “Fire is catching!” I am shouting now, determined that he will not miss a word. “And if we burn, you burn with us!”

Distopia, Reviews, YA

Review: Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

Rating: ★★★★★

Series: Hunger Games #2

Pages: 391

Genre: YA, Distopia

Sparks are igniting.
Flames are spreading.
And the Capitol wants revenge.

Katniss survived her first Hunger Games. Now she must play victor for the capitol, a distraction to the rebels, to cease a rebellion.

When that fails, Katniss is thrown back into the Hunger Games to prove that even the strongest will bow to the capitol.

You can see my gushing review of Hunger Games here

“We star-crossed lovers of District 12, who suffered so much and enjoyed so little the rewards of our victory, do not seek our fans’ favor, grace them with our smiles, or catch their kisses. We are unforgiving.
And I love it. Getting to be myself at last.”

If you are an oldie like me you may remember watching The Running Man, starring the superb Arnold Schwarzenegger. In many ways, The Hunger Games is a YA complex version of that book/movie.

A sick game is created to control revolution. It works, for a while until the yearning for resistance and freedom becomes too much…

Every Revolution begins with a spark

Suzanne Collins has a wicked ability to write meaningful, relatable characters. Part of that is because she writes in the first person. The entire book is from Katniss’ point of view, and it is heartbreaking.

Her’s is the voice of the revolution and it’s strong, but also vulnerable. A lot happens to Katniss, more friends die than ever before, but that ignites that spark.

I cannot express enough how lucky I feel to have read this author’s work. This is an important book not just for Teens, but for adults as well.

“It must be very fragile, if a handful of berries can bring it down.”

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Review: Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Rating: ★★★★★

Series: Hunger Games, #1

Pages: 374

Genre: YA, Distopia

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I am the Biggest fan of the Hunger Games movies.. in fact I love any film where people are rising up in rebellion against the system. I don’t know what that says about me.. maybe I am a secret rebel..

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Anyway, back to the review… I have started to read Hunger Games about 4 times. The first, I was taking a bath, feeling very smug that I was doing that book bath thing they do in movies and TV, and PLOP!! Straight into the water… no amount of hair dryer and swearing helped the situation.

I then brought the paperback again, and I also have the audiobook, so I started again.. and OMFG.. why didn’t I read this sooner.

Katniss is a great heroine. Her ability to put Prim over everything else is just so admirable, and heartbreaking. She has this ability to be single-minded in her ability to feed, love and protect her family, so much she knows she would die for them.

What I absolutely loved about the book and IMHO was the absolute answer to this book was the reaction of Peeta & Katniss to the capitol and the Hunger Games.

It’s very easy to be persuaded by an author to see something as right or wrong.. that’s just good storytelling, but what I respected was Suzanne Collins ability to make the author feel shocked by the awful events the capitol forced onto the Districts. It was small simple things. Effie’s change in demeanour, the bread from Rue’s District, the splitting of one crown into two.

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