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The Hunger Games Book 2 * Catching Fire * Suzanne Collins

I’ve read all three Hunger Games books but I just realised, I forgot to talk about the second in the series. Here are the reviews for the other 2:

After winning the brutal Hunger Games, Katniss Everdeen returns to her district, hoping for a peaceful future. But Katniss starts to hear rumours of a deadly rebellion against the Capitol. A rebellion that she and Peeta have helped to create. As Katniss and Peeta are forced to visit the districts on the Capitol’s cruel Victory Tour, the stakes are higher than ever. Unless Katniss and Peeta can convince the world that they are still lost in their love for each other, the consequences will be horrifying. This is the terrifying sequel to “The Hunger Games”.

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The Road – Cormac McCarthy * Book Review

The Road is the astonishing post-apocalyptic and Pulitzer Prize-winning modern classic by Cormac McCarthy.

A father and his young son walk alone through burned America, heading slowly for the coast. Nothing moves in the ravaged landscape save the ash on the wind. They have nothing but a pistol to defend themselves against the men who stalk the road, the clothes they are wearing, a cart of scavenged food – and each other.

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The Country of Ice Cream Star by Sandra Newman

“I know, ain’t evils in no life nor cruelties in no red hell can change the vally heart of Ice Cream Star.”

Sandra Newman’s novel The Country Of Ice Cream Star is going to cause some fights, cause some clamour among the finger-wagging ranks of the sensitive literati. People who care about books (and who care about seeming to care about books) are going to go nine kinds of bonkers over this thing because it presses just about every single big red button there is.

Is it a book about black people and their experiences written by a white lady? Yep. Is there rape and murder? There sure is. Slavery? White colonialism? Religious fundamentalism? Check, check and double-check. Is it an apocalypse story with a plague that has conveniently wiped out 80% of the population of the American Northeast (at least), leaving none behind but several generations of black children who all die before their 20th birthdays like some kind of freaked-up mashup of Logan’s Run and that old Star Trek episode, “Miri?” Hell yes, it is.

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Deceptive by Emily Lloyd-Jones

Months ago, Ciere would have cast her illusion outward, like throwing a sheet over a table. It would cover everything, but the pain was debilitating. Now, after months of careful practice, Ciere reaches out and  imagines the world the way she wants it. She visualizes the frozen white fields, the twist in the road around a clump of trees—the trees that make a perfect place to stash their getaway van—and the dirt-streaked snow covering the pavement. She gently pulls at the landscape, smudging over the lines of the spiked chain and the armed mobsters. The illusion settles into place, and anyone who walks into the scene will be affected by it—all they’ll see are a few hazy flickers, like heat waves rippling across the snow.

Once again I’ve picked up a book mid-series. I need to start checking out whether I’m only starting or hopping on a moving train. In this specific instance, the train was called “Illusive” and I’ve started with book 2. Thankfully, there is a bit of a backstory so I didn’t go in to be blindsided by characters that everybody knew and a story that had some spicy bits already in the past.

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Farenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, Book Review

“Everyone must leave something behind when he dies, my grandfather said. A child or a book or a painting or a house or a wall built or a pair of shoes made. Or a garden planted. Something your hand touched some way so your soul has somewhere to go when you die, and when people look at that tree or that flower you planted, you’re there.

This was a weird book to read. It’s been on my list for ages and ever since they’ve released a movie, I wanted to see the story of the fireman by myself.

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Aldous Huxley – Island Book Review

I found this book in my sci-fi pile. Written in 1962 and possibly the last book by Aldous Huxley, Island is a far cry from Brave New World.
It tries to mix Buddhism and English Colonialism and philosophy into a stew that just doesn’t taste good. It’s too contrived and the subject at hand is an utopia in the form of the Palanese society – who embrace modern science and technology to improve medicine and nutrition, but have rejected widespread industrialization.

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Mortal Engines – [The Hungry City Chronicles #1] – Philip Reeve

The great Traction City London lumbers after a small town, eager to strip its prey of all assets and move on.

Resources on the Great Hunting Ground that once was Europe are so limited that mobile cities must consume one another to survive, a practice known as Municipal Darwinism.

Tom, an apprentice in the Guild of Historians, saves his hero, Head Historian Thaddeus Valentine, from a murder attempt by the mysterious Hester Shaw — only to find himself thrown from the moving city by Valentine himself and stranded with Hester in the Out Country.

As they struggle to follow the tracks of the city, the sinister plans of London’s leaders begin to unfold…

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Divergent * Veronica Roth (Book 1)

“Becoming fearless isn’t the point. That’s impossible. It’s learning how to control your fear, and how to be free from it.”

I have to say, I had an absolute blast reading this wild ride of an adventure, and I enjoyed every minute of it. EVERY.SINGLE.MINUTE! I haven’t had this sort of rush since Katniss entered the Hunger Games and turned my world right side out! The characters, setting, plot, pace and narrative where perfectly blended to produce a highly action packed novel that I’m sure will captivate dystopia fans. I bought all four books at a sale downtown and read them all in close to 72h. I could not stop.

 

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Insurgent * Veronica Roth (Book 2)

“Like a wild animal, the truth is too powerful to remain caged.”

Insurgent takes off where Divergent left off. It is literally like we turned over the last page of Divergent and ended up in the beginning of Insurgent. Tobias, Tris, Marcus and Caleb travel with the remaining Abnegation to seek refuge with the Amity. The Amity live amongst the orchards and farms, just beyond the gates guarded by the Dauntless. It is not long however before they are discovered by the Erudite’s and must seek assistance from the only allies they have left, the Factionless.

“Insurgent, he says. Noun. A person who acts in opposition to the established authority, who is not necessarily regarded as a belligerent

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Red Rising By Pierce Brown (Book 1)

“I live for the dream that my children will be born free. That they will be what they like. That they will own the land their father gave them.’
‘I live for you,’ I say sadly.
She kisses my cheek. ‘Then you must live for more.”

I absolutely loved this book. Why? Who wouldn’t want to read about a society split into different functional levels on Mars? About a school for the elite that starts off with the brutal murdering of half of the applicants by their peers, about a rise from rags to riches and a struggle to the top when everybody is perfect. A book about a Mockingjay that sings the start of a revolution and then is hanged to death in front of friends and family and her devoted husband.
About wits and courage and loads of hate.

“Sharpened by hate. Strengthened by love.”