17 March 2011

Review: Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

Mockingjay - Suzanne Collins
Series: The Hunger Games, #3
Publication Date: August 24th 2010
Publisher: Scholastic
ISBN: 0439023513 (ISBN13: 9780439023511)
Format: Hardback
Pages: 398

Author's Site, Buy hardback / UK paperback from Book Depository

Summary:
Young Katniss Everdeen has survived the dreaded Hunger Games not once, but twice, but even now she can find no relief. In fact, the dangers seem to be escalating: President Snow has declared an all-out war on Katniss, her family, her friends, and all the oppressed people of District 12. The thrill-packed final installment of Suzanne Collins' Hunger Games trilogy will keep young hearts pounding.

Review:
Warning: I am so sorry, I have no idea how to write this without spoilers for this book.

I think Catching Fire is really dark, but it is so undark when you compare it to Mockingjay. How ironic, the 1st book's cover's colour is black, but it's the lightest, while the darkest book in this trilogy has the brightest/lightest cover. I am disappointed that, after all those cruel scenes (so unbearable I read and skip through them asap) Suzanne Collins won't write the ending in a happier tone. The least she can do is write the happy-ish ending with more happier description, how Peeta and Katniss ended up back together again, and more happier moments between Peeta and Katniss. It ended in such a sad atmosphere. Sigh, everyone in the book, or nearly everyone, is so incredibly tortured. I expected the ending to make me grin and unable to stop grinning, but no it did not. Sighhhh.

And OMFG she freaking killed Cinna, AND Prim! And a lot other poor characters. :( RIP.

Actually, it's kind of hard to write this review. I mean, if I'm talking to someone about it, I'll spill everything out naturally. But the only friend that I talk to about this series with hasn't read the book yet, must hold back comments and spoilers. Yikes. I don't know how I feel about this book, really. I think it drained my emotions and attentions with all the torturing, especially seperating Peeta and Katniss. If you ask me now (as in when I'm writing this) if I like the book, if I thought it was nice, I wouldn't know how to answer you.

Oh and Suzanne Collins has done it again, making me cry less than 45 pages into the book. OK don't call me a crybaby! Did I mention I happily skipped dinner for both Catching Fire and Mockingjay?

I need to reread all 3 books, because I read so fast I'm pretty sure I missed some stuffs. But I'm dreading to reread Mockingjay already.

Conclusion:
I think I hate this book, for its darkness, cruelness and etc. I'm not good with dark books like this one. Wait, I think we have a love/hate relationship, making me so upset. So it's a huge compliment. LOL.

Cover Design:
Well, I like it. The mockingjay is flyinggggggg.

03 March 2011

Review: Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

Catching Fire - Suzanne Collins
Series: The Hunger Games, #2
Publication Date: September 1st 2009
Publisher: Scholastic
Format: Paperback

Author's Site, Buy hardback / UK paperback from Book Depository

Summary:
Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark won the annual competition described in Hunger Games, but the aftermath leaves these victors with no sense of triumph. Instead, they have become the poster boys for a rebellion that they never planned to lead. That new, unwanted status puts them in the bull's-eye for merciless revenge by The Capitol. Catching Fire maintains the adrenaline rush of Suzanne Collins's series launch.

Review:
Warning: I am so sorry, I have no idea how to write this without spoilers for this book.

OMG WTFFFFFFFFFFFFFFF. I can't believe they really made Katniss and Peeta go back into the arena. And the new arena is so freaking dangerous! And you know what, I was neither Team Peeta or Team Gale before this, now I'm pretty sure I'm Team Peeta. And they do this to them after I joined his team! SIGH OMG whyyy! So. Very. Cruel. I think my heart is broken.

During those omg-wtf-please-dont-let-this-happen-omg-please scenes, I think my heart skipped a beat, or was beating faster than usual. Ah I hate those feelings. I was pretty sure Katniss wouldn't die when she thought she was dying, but I really did question and doubt that sigh. :(

Oh and Peeta's flaw, which is walking with a lot loud noises, really isn't a flaw, but Katniss made it seems like a ridiculous and awful flaw, I can't help but feel the same. What the heck, how did Katniss / Suzanne Collins do this to me?

I hope the stupid Capitol / President Snow won't torture Peeta. Please don't please don't, no need to have my heart broken again. And I seriously need more information about the plan and the new District 13. And I really hope Katniss and Peeta will meet up real soon and stay alive and live happily ever after. :D

Anyway, the arena part, it's too confusing for me. The clock thing and the area thing. Of course, I was quite impatient. The weird names did not help at all. Oh and the weapons, I'm not interested in weapons, so I only know a few of the weapons mentioned in the book, maybe just the bow and arrows, and knife. -__- Not a big deal but it will be better if I know, maybe I'll "befriend" them before I re-read or something. And I think I am now looking at the world and people in a different way too, not too different, but still different. Will this after-effect disappear or will it stay? Guess time will tell.

Half way through the book, when I was taking a break from the book (because my mum had dragged me out to do some banking stuffs), I can't help but to feel like maybe we are actually heading towards the world Katniss is living in. OK maybe not her world, but something similar-ish I guess. It's possible, and that is just so sad.

I would give this book a 5 stars, but it's so sad and depressing and so not going Peeta/Katniss's way, I have no choice but to deduct a star. I'm being extremely generous here, but as a Peeta/Katniss shipper, it doesn't deserve a star at all.*

*OK just in case you're serious, I was being dramatic. Lighten up! I love Suzanne Collins, unless she's killing Peeta or Katniss or Cinna in Mockingjay. Yes, Cinna is my favourite non-main-character.

Conclusion:
Me thinks, not good as The Hunger Games, but still super good.

Cover Design:
It's my least favourite among all 3 covers, but it's not bad, I still like it, and it's still way better than UK covers.