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February 27, 2012

Even Charlie Is Reading The Hunger Games!

Filed under: Four- Legged Readers,The Hunger Games — susanbright @ 8:37 pm
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” I love stories about killing Kat-nisses.  I wonder if she is a calico?”

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January 31, 2012

Divergent By Veronica Roth, The Next Hunger Games?

So you just finished the third book in The Hunger Games and you just don’t know what you could possibly read next that would be half as entertaining! Don’t despair! Divergent is here and it too is an exciting page turner with lots of twists and turns.

Like The Hunger Games, Divergent takes place in a dystopian world and therefore falls under the category of dystopian novels, a genre I know little about. The Time Machine written by H.G. Wells in 1895 is considered to be dystopian science fiction at its best. Some other classic dystopian books are 1984 by George Orwell,  Lord of The Flies by William Golding, A Brave New World by Aldous Huxley and one of my daughter’s favorite books of all times, The Giver by Lois Lowry.

Meet Beatrice Prior, the feisty teenage star of Divergent. The world Beatrice was born into is divided into five factions, each representing a different virtue. Beatrice belongs to the Abnegation faction (the selfless). At the age of 16 each child is required to take a simulated aptitude test to determine which faction suites them best. There is no way to prepare for this test as no one actually talks about what happens in the testing room and once the test is finished, no one dares to discuss the results until Choosing day, the day each child announces to the world which faction they choose to commit their life to.

Would Beatrice choose to remain with her family in the Abnegation faction, or would she choose to leave everything behind and  join the Candor Faction (the truthful) or The Amity (the peaceful) or the Erudite (the Intelligent) or even The Dauntless (the Brave)? What could it possibly mean to be a Divergent and why was everyone afraid to actually say the word out loud?

Divergent is a quick and most importantly fun read. There is only one major problem with reading this book. When I finished, I immediately tried to download the second book in the trilogy…yes like The Hunger Games it is a trilogy… only to find out that it has not been released yet. I can hardly wait to find out what happens to Tris (formerly Beatrice) and her friend Four. Divergent’s Tris and The Hunger Games’ Katniss have a lot in common and would probably be the best of friends!

January 12, 2012

Mockingjay: The FINAL Book In The Hunger Games Trilogy! Oh No!

It is not often that you come across a book, or in this case 3 books that everyone seems to like, but it looks like The Hunger Games Trilogy is  just that! When I was told about these books, I questioned whether it was my kind of book. First of all, it was written for young adults, not necessarily a bad thing, as The Book Thief, also a young adult book was one of my favorites, but definitely something to consider. Secondly, I rarely read fantasy or science fiction, a genre I just never got into. So why did I pick up the first book in the series? I was intrigued! Everyone was talking about The Hunger Games. And then I saw the trailer for the movie. I knew that I had to at least give the first book in the series a try.

These books should come with a warning: DO NOT READ  UNLESS YOU ARE WILLING AND ABLE TO READ ALL THREE BOOKS IN THE SERIES. You cannot read just one. The Hunger Games (the first book) was definitely my favorite, a five omelet book! I immediately downloaded the second book, Catching Fire and the excitement continued. Although I thought that Mockingjay had a bit too much unnecessary violence and I really don’t understand why certain characters had to die, I still stayed up to the wee hours of the night to finish it.

 My 15-year-old niece read and loved these books, my 28-year-old daughter read and loved these books and now my 80 some year old mother is hooked on The Hunger Games! What is it about these books that makes them so appealing? These books are exciting. They have you sitting on the edge of your seat. They are like a wild ride at the amusement park. You never know what is around the next corner. For a good time…. Read The Hunger Game Series, but be sure to start with #1.

The Hunger Games (first book in The Hunger Games trilogy) *****

Catching Fire (second book in The Hunger Games trilogy)****

Mockingjay (the final book in The Hunger Games trilogy)***

January 3, 2012

Catching Fire By Suzanne Collins

Filed under: Book Recomendations,The Hunger Games — susanbright @ 9:46 am
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Catching Fire is the second book in The Hunger Games Trilogy and it is ever bit the page turner as the first! The Hunger Games, the first book in the series was published in 2008, Catching Fire was published in 2009 and the last book in the series, Mockingjay was published in 2010. I am so glad that I did not read The Hunger Games when it was first published!  I do not know what I would have done if I had to wait a year to see what was going to happen to Katniss, Peeta, Gale and the other colorful characters living in District 12. Catching Fire picks up right where The Hunger Games end and that is about all I am going to tell you. It is a fast paced, exciting read and has a little bit of everything in it.Action, mystery, intrigue, love, and politics! Seconds after I finished Catching Fire I downloaded the final book in the series, Mockingjay and my Kindle tells me that I have already read 45% it!  I am not looking forward to finishing the last book. I am enjoying them way too much.

December 26, 2011

The Hunger Games By Suzanne Collins

I get it!  Now I know what all the excitement is about and why everyone is talking about The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.  Once you start reading this book, you will not be able to put it down.  The Hunger Games Trilogy is set some time in the future. The United States as we know it is long gone and in it’s place is the country of Panthem, which is divided into 12 Districts. Once a year, one boy and one girl from each District are chosen to compete in The Hunger Games, a reality television show like none other. The contestants or Tributes are taken to the Capitol and must fight until only one person is left alive. To make it even more interesting the Gamemakers have the power to add obstacles and or change the rules at will. It is their job to keep the game interesting.

The Hunger Games is a real page turner. It is exciting as well as suspenseful. You just never know what is going to happen next. Although there is some violence, after all, how could there not be, it is not overly graphic and if I can handle it, anyone can. If you have read my reviews you know that I am the first to put a book down if it is too violent! I enjoyed the book so much that as soon as I read the last page I downloaded the second in the series, Catching Fire (The Hunger Games #2). The Hunger Games is a quick read, not necessarily because it is a short book, but because once you start reading, you will not be able to stop until you read the very last sentence!

Have you read The Hunger Games Trilogy? Do you plan to read it?

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