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The Hunger Games, Hunger Games Series Book #1 (Collins, Suzanne)

8/10

The Hunger Games

 

 

If you have read this book please feel free to tell me your thoughts on it!!

Synopsis

Winning will make you famous. Losing means certain death. In a dark vision of the near future, twelve boys and twelve girls are forced to appear in a live TV show called the Hunger Games. There is only one rule: kill or be killed. When sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen steps forward to take her sister’s place in the games, she sees it as a death sentence. But Katniss has been close to death before. For her, survival is second nature.

Overview *Contains Spoilers*

This book is very popular and I remember reading it for the first time; I adored it then and nothing has changed after the fiftieth read through. The emotions felt by Katniss and Peeta are so raw that it is hard not to fall in love with the characters. The plot development is crafted and developed well throughout the book and there are rarely any slow bits. The subject matter is quite morbid so for this reason I would not recommend it to younger teens, although there is nothing stopping them from reading it.

Each character manages to conjure up a different emotion in the reader so by the end of the Hunger Games the reader is hooked. It is a constant page turner and it is very difficult to stop at the end of the chapter. Even though Collins doesn’t use typical cliff hangers, she manages to subtly include devices which make you want to read on and finish the book in one sitting, which unfortunately isn’t always possible…

I loved this book so much and I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys constant thrill and suspense in a book. Aspects of it can be disturbing so bear in mind that it is just a fiction book.

The second book in the series is here.

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The Death Cure – The Maze Runner Trilogy Book #3 (Dashner, James)

Rating 4/10

The Death Cure

 

Synopsis

“The trials are over. WICKED is planning to restore the survivors’ memories and complete the final cure for the Flare. But Thomas has already remembered more than they think. And he knows WICKED can’t be trusted… The time for lies is over. But the truth is more dangerous than Thomas could ever imagine. Will anyone survive the Death Cure?”

Overview – *Contains Spoilers*

I haven’t been the biggest fan of the Maze Runner Trilogy, to be honest, but I persevered with the series after reading the first book, hoping that it would get better towards the end. Personally, I didn’t think it did.

Like the previous two books, it took quite a few chapters for me to become interested in the characters’ dilemmas. I also found that I wasn’t as emotionally connected to the characters in the book as I felt nothing if one of them was injured, or died. I felt that the plot was predictable in some places as I could guess what would happen next, which meant that it lost some of its cliffhangers.

I felt that the ending was rushed and happened too quickly and there was a “is that it?” moment when I had finished the book as it seemed like Dashner had just churned out the events that he wanted to happen, ending abruptly with a scene which didn’t answer any of my lingering questions. The ending did feel almost as bad “they woke up and it had all been a dream” because the 200 immune people find themselves in ‘paradise’ and can rebuild a life whilst ignoring all the people dying from the Flare in the ‘other world’. Meanwhile I was still stuck in the ‘other world’ wondering how they can just move on knowing that people are suffering, especially as Minho and Thomas lost Newt to the Flare. I would have expected more sympathy from them but it felt like they just shrugged off the Flare sufferers as ‘no hopes’.

All in all, I would recommend this book to younger teens rather than older teens because although violence is present, the writing Dashner uses feels like it is aimed at a slightly younger audience who won’t have as many questions as I did at the end.

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