Friday, February 11, 2011

The Hunger Games Book Review

Hi guys,
I'm doing this weeks book review a little early because I don't know if I will be able to do it this upcoming week. Last week, we finished up the Gone series book reviews. This week we will be starting another book series. This series of book reviews are The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins. This is another really good series that I've read more than once. Here is the summary from the front flap of the book.

Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don't live to see the morning?

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 steps forward to take her sister's place in the Games. But Katniss has been close to dead before—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 will weigh survival against humanity and life against love.

My first impression of this book was that it looked like an okay book. Normally I don't go for the books with the birds on them haha, but when I saw it, I saw the name Suzanne Collins. Immeadiatley I recognized her name from a book series I used to read in elementary school named the Gregor the Overlander series. I used to read this series, it wasn't the best series I've ever read, but I decided to pick The Hunger Games anyway. I read the summary, and I liked it, while reading the summary, I thought it was going to be in a guys perspective, that is until I got to the word "she", I was shocked because this book didn't sound like one that would have a girl main character, but of course this made me want to read it even more. So I bought it, took it home, and immeadiatley started reading it. I found myself reading this book outside in the woods in my back yard to get a closer experience to the book, that's how amazing this book is. It took a while to get in to it, but after you get past that you are hooked, and I stayed up late at night reading this book. One part of the book I could have done without is the pre-game part of the book, and also the "mutants". I can't tell anymore without spoiling, but take my word for it and go buy it. I give this book 4/5 stars, because of the focus on the pre-game show at the begining of the book. This book is a great one to read, and you guys need to check it out.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Lies Book Review

Hi Guys,
This is the second book review this week, since i'm making up for last week. This will be the conclusion to the Gone series book reviews (for now) and the name of this book is Lies. It's the third book in the Gone series by Michael Grant. It continues the story from Gone and Hunger (which I also did book reviews on)Like I said before this is my favorite book series. Here is the summary from the front flap of the book.

It's been seven months since all the adults disappeared. Gone.

It happens in one night. A girl who died now walks among the living; Zil and the Human Crew set fire to Perdido Beach; and amid the flames and smoke, Sam sees the figure of the boy he fears the most: Drake. But Drake is dead. Sam and Caine defeated him along with the Darkness—or so they thought.

As Perdido Beach burns, battles rage: Astrid against the Town Council; the Human Crew versus the mutants; and Sam against Drake, who is back from the dead and ready to finish where he and Sam left off. And all the while deadly rumors are raging like the fire itself, spread by the prophetess Orsay and her companion, Nerezza. They say that death is a way to escape the FAYZ. Conditions are worse than ever and kids are desperate to get out. But are they desperate enough to believe that death will set them free?

My first impression of this book was good. I liked this cover better than Gone and Hunger. I thought this was going to be better than the other two... that was until I opened the box from amazon (where I pre-ordered it) the reason why is because the book was over 100 pages shorter than the other two books. I like when the sequals to the books get longer than the previous, and when I saw this, I was dissapointed from the start. I still read it as soon as I got it though. The first chapter started off good, and a couple chapters in, we get a new mutant. I liked the book, but it was too short for me, I like how we had more mutants, more drama, and more fights (which is always a plus) But it wasn't as good because I felt it was rushed, and too short. I really can't say anything more without spoiling since it is a sequel. I give it a 5/5 because I loved it even if it was too short for my taste, the plot was good, I just wished Michael Grant would have elaborated a little more. I hated that it was short, but the overall book made up for everything. Check this book out along with the first two books in this series. The fourth installment Plague will be released April 5th 2011, followed by the fifth book Fear, and the sixth and last book Light.

Hunger Book Review

Hi Guys,
Sorry I'm late on the book review, I am going to do two book reviews this week to make up for last week. This book review is going to be the second installment in the Gone series by Michael Grant (which I also did a book review on)and like I said before, this is my favorite book series. Here is the summary from the front flap of the book.

Food ran out weeks ago. Everyone is starving, but no one wants to figure out a solution. And each day, more and more kids are evolving, developing supernatural abilities that set them apart from the kids without powers.
Tension rises and chaos is descending upon the town. It's the normal kids against the mutants. Each kid is out for himself, and even the good ones turn murderous.

But a larger problem looms. The Darkness, a sinister creature that has lived buried deep in the hills, begins calling to some of the teens in the FAYZ. Calling to them, guiding them, manipulating them.
The Darkness has awakened. And it is hungry.

My first impression of this book was good, because I already read Gone, and I liked this cover as much as I did the Gone cover. I loved this book, the kids had a lot more mutations, more drama, more fights, and the end was AMAZING! This book was a really good book. I liked it just a little more than Gone, which doesn't normally happen because I normally like the first book in the series best. I really can't say ANYTHING more due to spoilers, but I give this a 5/5 stars. I KNOW you guys will like this one. Check it out.