Possibly better than t Blown away again?! Like Gale, he could have gone anywhere when it was all over, yet he went where Katniss was. I know the hole hurts. At first they followed the established route -- The California Trail -- reaching Wyoming without incident. She did not appeal to me. So I basically just used an entire Sunday to read the book. The actual people encountered many difficulties, including poor decisions, bad weather, freezing cold, starvation, and physical, and probably mental anguish culminating in a terrible situation. In the final third, lots of things happen very quickly, and the potential tension and terror of these climactic events are lost in a confused, fast-moving narrative.
And while some people may not like the epistolary format, I find that in the context of historical fiction it works quite well. And maybe you believe it. This is one good book that you wouldn't wanna miss. At some point there would be ice cream. Is something sinister out there in the dark? They're beset by bad luck from the start, and their inept 'leaders' repeatedly ignore warnings to avoid the treacherous route ahead.
Great detailing; colorful characterization; some supremely ominous stuff, but always reined in at the final moment to rack up the tension even more. At some point along the trail Donner becomes the leader of the group, and thus his name is forever associated with one of the most chilling stories in American history. The Darkness wants to be fed. And my mom added Arwen for the elf princess in the Lord of the Rings. It is all who watch. I'm not saying it wasn't gripping, exactly; once I'd start reading it again, I'd get hooked.
Tamsen Donner, young bride to George Donner, her beauty and wayward ways causing discern and rumour amongst the gradually starving disillusioned pioneers. Many of the other families are mentioned as well, bringing the number of people involved in this book to a staggering figure. Every region has its own claim to fame that advantages the Capitol. Kids also make the best psychopaths. Sam thinks he holds all the cards.
Miriam is surprised at the brief amount of time that John lasted only about 200 years. Food is running out, the kids starving, hungry. Here is my overall breakdown - 5 stars for writing quality, characterisation and atmosphere. That's pretty good for me! It's frustrating, depressing, and horrifying. Alma Katsu does not shy away from the details of hardship and sacrifice while on the trail though, so be prepared for a harsh and unflinching look at life as a pioneer.
You guilted me into it. I had little to no expectations when I first started reading the Hunger Games Trilogy. Some of the characters are interesting and highly likeable and it's a good portrayal of growing up and the difficulties of being a teenager only times by about a thousand. How desperate were they that cannibalism came into play? Whilst this book impressed me greatly, as did the first of the series, I found that there were still those little things that majorly irked me, even amid the fast-paced sci-fi and action told in a gripping and imaginative way; it was these little things that again prevented me from awarding the novel the 5 stars it would have otherwise deserved. The nation is divided into 13 districts, each separated from the other, as a sort of punishment for rebelling against the Capitol ruled under a titular king called The President. So, even if you are not a reader of the darker kind of fiction, give this a try.
This was very well done in parts. The dialogue, while nothing fantastic, is realistic and easy. Stress, paranoia, and desperation all play a part in this tale, making the horrific aspects feel even deeper, more distressing and malignant. The kids in Perdido Beach and Coates Academy are left eating what canned food is left. If nothing else, you probably know that they ate one another to survive. A group of ninety settlers are heading west on a trail across America.
When he accidentally kills his one of his roommates, Harry, another roommate, Zil, who is a normal, wants death to freaks, organizes a Human Crew, composed of normals, and tries to execute Hunter. The characters are well developed, interesting. And the racism of the people pioneers, etc. This reservation aside, though, The Hunger was ultimately satisfying despite a climax that didn't forcefully enough deliver on the promise of Alma Katsu's premise. This book made me feel so frustrated but not in an entirely bad way, just because of how accurately it depicted what would happen if the situation were real. I think Alma Katsu had a lot of good ideas, but it just wasn't a very cohesive story in the end. She just seems like the kind of person who'd be your best friend.
Astrid in particular started to annoy me a bit. I think I would have had a better time with the book if there would have been more focus on fewer characters, and everyone else was left to the background. But Katniss has been close to dead before - and survival, for her, is second nature. I also found it so fascinating that everyone found something they're magically good at. It is that, and much more.