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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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Lord of The Rings Volume 3 – The Return of The King

“I am glad you are here with me. Here at the end of all things, Sam.”

It’s been a while since I’ve finished the Lord of the Rings trilogy but I held off in writing the review for the last book. Mostly because it took me so long to read it. I could not read more than a few pages and I had to put the book down. It was heavy going. It was slow. It was dull. But it was totally worth it as towards the end the action picks up again and we’re presented with a massively well made social commentary about war and fear.

“What do you fear, lady?” [Aragorn] asked.
“A cage,” [Éowyn] said. “To stay behind bars, until use and old age accept them, and all chance of doing great deeds is gone beyond recall or desire.”

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Empty Throne Book 1 – Those Above

Twenty five years ago mankind mustered an army and rose up against them, only to be slaughtered in a terrible battle. Hope died that day, but hatred survived. Whispers of another revolt are beginning to stir in the hearts of the oppressed: a woman, widowed in the war, who has dedicated her life to revenge; the general, the only man to ever defeat one of Those Above in single combat, summoned forth to raise a new legion; and a boy killer who rises from the gutter to lead an uprising in the capital.

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The Tomb Of Shadows – Seven Wonders Book 3

I’ve done it again. Picked up a book without knowing it was in the middle of an existing series. And without reading the spine first to see it was a book for 13-14 year olds rather than for excitable adults age 30+.

For a teen read, it’s amazing! It’s an epic adventure book with no sex, loads of baddies, ancient foes and talks of Greek Mythology. For an adult, it’s a constant bore with under-developed characters and dialogue that would bring you to sleep rather than keep you awake with excitement.

Cass glanced around. “Actually . . . I’m not sure. I lost the map in the river.” “Don’t play games,” Aly snapped. “You don’t need it. You know the route.” “I did,” Cass said. “But . . . it’s not there, Aly. In my brain. I can’t call it up.” “What do you mean, not there?” Aly said. “If you’re being insecure again, like you were in Babylon, now’s the time to stop.”

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Sleeping Giants (Themis Files #1) by Sylvain Neuvel

If you fall in love with someone, there’s a good chance the person won’t love you back. Hatred, though, is usually mutual. If you despise someone, it’s pretty much a given they’re also not your biggest fan.

Well, I fell in love with this book. It started off slow but then it grabbed me in a whirlpool and I could not escape. It’s got everything a true sci-fi fan will love! Massive mecha robots, buried secrets from an ancient and possible alien civilisation, science and military battles between countries. It’s an unusal book in the sense that it’s been written as a series of reports and interviews numbered ascending but with missing pieces. The most important pieces at least.

It all starts with an US Government project that uncovers a piece of a foot buried deep underground which reacts to iridium – a very rare heavy metal. Using this, they identify a hand with long slender fingers, legs, arms, a torso and eventually a head. All the pieces form a huge (gigantic actually) figure of a female warrior armed with a shield and sword. They call her Themis.

Themis was one of the Titans, daughter of Uranus and Gaea. She was the human-like representation of the natural and moral order. The name derives from the Greek word meaning that which is current and contemporary. According to Hesiod, she was the second wife of Zeus, a marriage that helped the supreme Olympian to stabilise his power over all gods and humans.

https_%2F%2Fjourneyingtothegoddess.files.wordpress.com%2F2012%2F08%2Firislibra300.jpgThemis also represents the law and undisputed order, the divine right. She was the goddess that created the divine laws that govern everything and are even above gods themselves. In general, Themis had three subsistences; goddess of natural order, which manifested through the Hores (the Hours), meaning the seasonal and never-ceasing rotation of time; goddess of moral order, manifested through Eunomia (fair order), Deke (trial) and Erene (peace), which were the utmost characteristics of the society, and through the Moires, which represented the destiny of every human being; and finally, goddess of prophecy, shown through the Nymphs, as well as the virgin Astraea.

Source: https://www.greekmythology.com/Titans/Themis/themis.html

 

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Iron Gold * Pierce Brown – Book Review (Red Rising Novella)

“Change isn’t made by mobs that envy, but by men who dare.”

Well, at least the author loved it!

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I didn’t.

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Morning Star by Pierce Brown (Book 3)

choice-winner.png“You and I keep looking for light in the darkness, expecting it to appear. But it already has.” I touch his shoulder. “We’re it, boyo. Broken and cracked and stupid as we are, we’re the light, and we’re spreading.”

I have been dreading reading this book. It’s a trilogy so it should be in three books that all the passion ends and all the games stop. I didn’t want to say goodbye to Darrow. I’ve come to love this character from Mars, a boy remodelled to look like the elite of a solar system. I don’t want to say goodbye to a man who reminded me so much of the Kingkiller. A man who can inspire and lead and move the masses. Thank you Mr. Brown. Thank you.

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The other thing that really stands out is the fact that the books are unpredictable without being irritating or disappointing. I’m pretty good at anticipating where a story is going to go, and these books constantly zigged when I expected them to zag. But (and this is a really important note) while the ziggs the book took were surprising, they were always sensible and fit smoothly into the overall narrative and world.

Patrick Rothfuss (the man! Writer of The Name of The Wind)

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Golden Son by Pierce Brown (Book 2)

I loved Red Rising By Pierce Brown (Book 1) and as quick as I could I jumped on eBay and got book 2 & 3 of the trilogy. I was very excited to see that the amazing story of the Helldiver from Lycos on Mars is still flowing as swiftly and quickly as Book 1. I was telling the guys at work that I’ve never read such a book before: the characters are well defined, the interplanetary intrigues are worthy of Game of Thrones status and the war tales would make a German commander’s toes curl from excitement.

It’s not victory that makes a man. It’s his defeats.

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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.”

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The Hunger Games Book 3 * Mockingjay * Suzanne Collins

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.