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Mockingjay * Suzanne Collins * Hunger Games Book 3

I haven’t enjoyed this one as much as The Hunger Games to be honest. While the first book was fast-paced and written well and to the point, the Mockingjay offers a pale hero version of Katniss, lifeless and placid. One that’s sick and tiring easily, one that has to negotiate with the political leaders of the revolt so that she can have a cat in her quarters, one that goes from one guy to another and then back again.

Yeah, we wouldn’t want to lose our little Mockingjay when she’s finally begun to sing.

The post-traumatic stress, the mental breakdowns, the self-pity, the self-loathing, the nearing of insanity .. all of these things are realistic, yes, but a bit tiresome and not very interesting to read when it’s all the same and the narrator is drowning herself in it in the face of much greater things to the point where it detracts from the plot.

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The Giver – Lois Lowry Book Review

51lO8bXV1RL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_Older than The Hunger Games and the Divergent series, Lois Lowry’s The Giver (Quartet) is a beautiful masterpiece of emotion and yearning set in a post-apocalyptic world.

This is the story of twelve year old Jonas who lives in a dystopian future where there is no war, pain, fear – and no color or emotion.  Jonas’s rebels against his job as holder of memories of both the joy – and the pain – of life.  This book was made into a movie in 2014 and while it did not draw the numbers that Divergent did, it got me interested enough to make me buy the book and read it.

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I am Legend * Robert Matheson

Something black and of the night had come crawling out of the Middle Ages. Something with no framework or credulity, something that had been consigned, fact and figure, to the pages of imaginative literature. Vampires were passé… or were they?