enthralling -- it left me breathless
by GoluxGirl on September 13, 2009It is a very rare novel that can make me put it down so I can walk around in order to dispel my excited, nervous-laughter amazement. Collins has the ability to draw me in to her story, making me feel so invested in Katniss and the others that I can hardly stand it. Sequels can be (and often are) disappointing--especially in this era of grind-it-out series--but this was far from that. Collins continued the narrative beautifully--she doesn't stunt the characters or the action by trying too hard or playing safe. She lets the characters continue to tell their own story in their own words, which is fabulous.
I never knew what was coming next, which doesn't happen often for me. She could have taken the story in many familiar, easy directions (because the overarching thrust of revolution isn't hard to figure), yet she goes for the hard sell every time, the unexpected plot twist. This part started to remind me of Scott Westerfelds' Uglies series, yet not so much that I felt I was re-reading it in someone else's words.
Overall: an excellent read, well worth the price in hardback, and I will be watching and waiting for the third installment.
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