Monday, 22 October 2012
Thursday, 29 March 2012
What was, however, a blot on the horizon, was the hype, which a few of us found to dimish our enjoyment of the book. Green of course has an almost cult following in the 'Nerfighters', who follow both his and his brother Hank's adventures through their YouTube channel 'vlogbrothers'. Perhaps it was that before it had even been released it was destined for Bestseller lists worldwide that heightened our expectations, but unfortunately it didn't quite live up to them.
There is no doubt that it is a good book, and having topped the New York Times Bestseller List we are glad that it is recieving the critical acclaim that it no doubt deserves. Yet at it's core it is a simple story: boy meets girl, falls in love, yet they both have cancer. What is special about this book though is the small, intricate details that Green deals with, the conversations and emotions. Green clearly establishes that he needs no great adventure to tell a great story, he sees the extraordinary in the ordinary, and as such, so do we as the reader.
Wednesday, 29 February 2012
Friday, 27 January 2012
Though slow to start, it really heats up especially when the Games begin. :)
We like the complex relationships of the characters with each other and how they evolve within the Games when Katniss has to decide who her enemies/frenemies are.
It had a sort-of three-part ending, which we liked.
The author was inspired by her real life father, which is why the father is so important to Katniss.
Our favourit character was Rue who appears later in the book and Peeta who knows Katniss all along.
Our book club choice for February is... Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
Thursday, 26 January 2012
Collins manufactures a fast-paced, tense atmostphere in the future that we all fear. With Katniss's enemy constantly changing and everyone with an alternate agenda, the reader is left standing on uncertain ground and wanting more. Yet she does so without at all preaching to the reader that 'the end is nigh'. Collins draws on inspiration from 1984 and the Harry Potter series to create an oppressive government that control the even smallest aspects of the lives of their citizens. What fear could be better to draw on in the time of SOPA and new levels of government power?