the setting was amazing!! first off, i love how the reader is clueless in the beginning of the book- the year and how the world came to be in the state it is in are unknown. the reader's left guessing. it is just science fiction-y enough that it is different and interesting, but it is not so abstract that is it hard to comprehend. katniss is a typical female protagonist, and she annoyed me from time to time, but it wasn't unbearable. she had her good moments and added to the story. the characters in general weren't too developed, but there are two other books. the fact that the reader feels that they still have so much to learn about the characters makes them want to read the other books. no matter who reads the book, there is a character for everyone. they are serious or funny, young or old, good or bad. the concept is simple: The Hunger Games; not too many extra, side ideas, just one main plot. yet, it is interesting enough to keep the reader hooked. also, the reader has their own conflict to worry about: Gale or Peeta?
pic "It's not the face, but the expressions on it. It's not the voice, but what they say. It's not how you look like in that body, it's what you do with it. You are beautiful."
I was never one to be into science fiction, or anything like that, but this book was amazing! i was hooked early on. the characters were well developed and likable. and much more complex and interesting than...some of her previous work. The plot is layered, and there are many twists and turns that make the ending nearly impossible to predict! i became attached to the characters, and started to worry towards the end- it wasn't ending in a way that i wanted it to! i was scared something would happen that would ruin the book for me!
although it isn't a tough read-- her writing style and techniques are basic-- it is well worth it!
" Perry Smith's life had been no bed of roses, but a pitiful, an ugly and lonely process toward one mirage or another..."
This book made me feel like a horrible person and a sympathetic and caring one.
I hated Dick for what he did, and how easily he got over it. I mourned for the Clutters, disgusted that someone would erase an entire family. I cried for Holcomb- I wanted to get up in front of the whole town and tell them it was going to be okay. I wanted justice-I wanted Dick to pay for what he did.
Good so far?
While reading the book, I didn't hate Perry as much as I did Dick [Capote! Stop being manipulative!], but I still thought he deserved a punishment.
Ah, there's always a "but"!
I had to go and watch "Capote"--NOT the whole thing! I don't recommend that!-- and when Capote was shown interviewing Perry in that prison cell, I could tell Perry was scared, I could feel it. and I could even sense regret as he told Capote his story. I wanted to save him! I felt bad for a murderer! Then, when Capote went and said his final goodbyes, I cried. Dick was joking around and being a jerk, But Perry was scared
of leaving Truman,
of leaving the world,
of what was waiting for him.
And I cried! I felt so pathetic! I sat in the back corner of my English class and cried.
Now, I know!
They were only actors. It was a movie.
But, seeing Perry portrayed as a person was the first time I saw him as human.
When i was reading, I just thought of him as a murdering...thing. I was stuck in my own mind. I didn't want him to become a person because I didn't want to feel bad for him. I put up a wall.
Capote tried soo hard. He pounded on the wall-beat at it, tore at it, trying desperately to get me to see Perry the way he saw Perry. It took some actor's portrayal and two movie scenes for me to let him win.
I love when books do that-when they pull soooo much emotion out of you.
I'm still not sure what I think of Perry. I am not condoning what he did,