The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.
Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives alone with her mother and younger sister, regards it as a death sentence when she steps forward to take her sister’s place in the Games. But Katniss has been close to dead before - and survival, for her, is second nature. Without really meaning to, she becomes a contender. But if she is to win, she will have to start making choices that weigh survival against humanity and life against love.
Acclaimed writer Suzanne Collins, author of The New York Times bestselling Underland Chronicles, delivers equal parts suspense and philosophy, adventure and romance, in this searing novel set in a future with unsettling parallels to our present.
I’ve obviously already read this, but when I first started, I had already seen the film, which I enjoyed. Obviously, I enjoyed the book a lot better, although there were a few slow points.
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Happy New Year!
Books I have read this year!
That have been posted here already:
Youth In Revolt - C.D. Payne
The Reasons I Won’t Be Coming - Elliot Perlman
The Book Thief - Markus Zusak
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo - Stieg Larsson
The Girl Who Played With Fire - Stieg Larsson
The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest - Stieg Larsson
That will be posted:
The Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins
Catching Fire - Suzanne Collins
Mockingjay - Suzanne Collins
Blankets - Craig Thompson
Veronika Decides To Die - Paulo Coelho
American Gods - Neil Gaiman
Anansi Boys - Neil Gaiman
Thirteen books read this year. Not as much as I had hoped, but I guess it’s not bad. Considering work, school, and other shit has been taking up a lot of time. Yay, new year, new books.
The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest is a melancholy ending to a great trilogy. I actually finished this book months ago, but I really fail at updating things every day. Oops.
As per usual, Lisbeth kicks ass and takes names, taking up silence as her key weapon. Without a word, this leaves her enemies in the dark, which is one hell of a strategy as they have no idea what they will need to be fighting against.
What makes me sad about this book is knowing that Stieg Larsson intended for there to be more to the story. These books were only a few in what was meant to be a series. Thankfully, there is closure in the parts you likely need closure in the most, but there are some things that I desperately wish I could know, but never will. Things like: What happens with Mikael and Erika Berger? Would it have ever been explained why Lisbeth calls herself Wasp? What about Miriam Wu? After all of this is seems to be said and done, what new things were planned for Lisbeth’s new life?
When I die, these are the things I will ask Larsson.
Mimmi was dressed in a white shirt and jacket. She looked fabulous. Salander instantly felt shy.
( … )
‘I was in the hospital for three weeks, and then it was chaos when I got home to Lundagatan. I couldn’t sleep. I had nightmares about that bastard Niedermann. I called my mother and told her I wanted to come here, to Paris.’
Salander said she understood.
‘Forgive me,’ Mimmi said.
‘Don’t be such an idiot. I’m the one who’s come here to ask you to forgive me.’
‘I wasn’t thinking. It never occurred to me that I was putting you in such danger by turning over my old apartment to you. It was my fault that you were almost murdered. You’d have every right to hate me.’
Mimmi looked shocked. ‘Lisbeth, I never even gave it a thought. It was Ronald Niedermann who tried to murder me, not you.’ — The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest (Stieg Larsson)
‘Nobody can help falling in love,’ he said. ‘They might want to deny it, but friendship is probably the most common form of love.’ — The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest (Stieg Larsson)
‘I don’t want a single öre from that pig.’
‘Then give the money to Greenpeace or something.’
‘I don’t give a shit about whales.’ — The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest (Stieg Larsson)
When she had put away seven glasses of Tullamore Dew in a little over two hours, he decided not to give her anymore. It was then that he heard the crash as she fell off the bar stool.
He put down the glass he was drying and went around the counter to pick her up. She seemed offended. — The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest (Stieg Larsson)
When she drank beer she did not care what brand or type it was; she accepted whatever he served her. When she ordered whisky she always chose Tullamore Dew, except on one occasion when she studied the bottles behind the bar and asked for Lagavulin. When the glass was brought to her, she sniffed at it, stared at it for a moment, and then took a tiny sip. She set down her glass and stared at it for a minute with an expression that seemed to indicate that she considered its contents to be a mortal enemy. — The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest (Stieg Larsson)