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  • An okay version of what could have been great

    In reality I feel like this is maybe a 3.5 stars. (Any spoilers have warnings beforehand) This book is hard to judge because there are parts of it that are phenomenal, and other parts that just ruined it, but let’s start by covering what’s great: For someone looking for a story like the thrilling dystopia that was the hunger games, this book is not the book for you. This book seems like it leans more towards people who want to think and ponder ideas about human nature. That being said, it does that well. It’s interesting in a very different way because it features a capitol before everyone revelled in watching teenagers murder each other for sport. It allows you to see the way people can slowly be manipulated and the way that building society off of an incorrect idea about human nature can result in a society as twisted as we see in the hunger games. I am highly impressed at the way the book comments on the impact our worldview has on everything, and subsequently, how important it is to have the right one. That being said, there are a lot of other things the book didn’t do so well: There wasn’t really a plot driving the story. While it was generally about Snow trying to climb his way to a life of success, even that never felt like a solid plot point. (Spoiler ahead don’t read until next paragraph) It seems like the book was divided in two between the unified games section of the book and then the random, confusing, secondary part of his time as a peacekeeper in district 12. Once the games ended it seemed like the book just didn’t know where it was going -which is probably a sign that there was not enough plot in the first place. We were just following Snow around, but we’re as lost as he was as to whether there was any actual point to it all. Another issue is that even though this is a book (seemingly all) about how Snow went from this poor boy looking for his shot in life to the villain of the hunger games, his character never quite seemed consistent. There were decisions he made and thoughts he had that didn’t feel authentic. Even his nihilistic and negative perspectives felt forced at times. While the book commented on world views, the main character seemed to flop around with his own a lot and change his mind even more. Last but certainly not least, the ending was not good. I shouldn’t be surprised that a book with little plot fails to actually conclude, but this ending was something else. I’m not normally one to say something like this, but the ending literally came out of nowhere. (Spoilers ahead, don’t read until next paragraph) one moment he’s running away with Lucy, which didn’t seem at all like his character to even contemplate, then he’s chasing her down in the forest trying to kill her? Like the end went from 0 to 100 so quick and felt so disjointed from the rest of the story that it just felt like Collins ran out of time writing it and just tried to close it up as quickly as possible. Then the epilogue felt like endless plot convenience. Everything was suddenly handed to Snow and it didn’t feel like most any of it was realistic. Once again destroying all that work the author put in to crafting a story about Snow’s rise to the top. Instead this book felt like Snow’s gradual fall to the bottom and overly convenient epilogue where all his problems are suddenly solved and wrapped up in a nice bow with no consequences. It’s not that this book was bad per se, but there are some glaring issues that keep it from being good. I wanted to love it in spite of the many negative reviews but instead it ended up being an okay version of the book it could have been with more careful planning.

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    okay i have read this book and it was just as a amazing as all of the other books by suzanne collins a must read. You should definately mark this as helpful if you found it so or in honor of primrose and rue and if you love them then this is helpful (i want to see how many i can get lol)

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    i have read the hunger games series 15 times and when i found out that there was a new one coming out, i could hardly contain my excitement! this book is ever bit as fantastic as i thought it would be! definite must read! i am out of words to describe how amazing this book is! Suzanne Collins did a fantastic job! i love how some of the facts in this book line up with other facts in the original series! absolutley amazing!

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  • Awesome book!!

    I wouldnt say its the best book ive ever read but its defenetly in my top 10. It helps alot to understand president snow and how the games came to be. I found myself unable to put this book down near the end when things got interesting. It also makes me think that maybe Lucy and katniss are related, maybe Lucy Gray's cousin is katniss's grandmother... Just a thought

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  • Good in places, but reach exceeds author grasp

    I loved the Hunger Games and having read other reviews was prepared for this to be more of a character study, which wasn’t an issue in itself. It’s just that I don’t think Collins is as good at character driven narrative as she is at action narrative. The middle third of the book was about the games themselves was more action and best written.? The last third which was clearly meant to be more about how Snow became the person capable of being President Snow is the most disappointing. There was way too much telling instead of showing and the last chapter felt particularly rushed and contrived. Overall the book is worth $7.00, not the current overpriced $18 based on Collins name cache.

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