The Hunger Games: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins


The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)Title: 
The Hunger Games

Rating: Cup of TeaCup of TeaCup of TeaCup of TeaCup of Tea

Author: Suzanne Collins

Published by: Scholastic

Publication Date: September 14th 2008

Pages: 374

Genres: Teen/YA Fiction/Dystopian/Adventure/Science Fiction

Book Blurb:  

Winning means fame and fortune.
Losing means certain death.
The Hunger Games have begun….

In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, the shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh 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 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.

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Review:
Can’t believe I have only just read this book, even after all the teasing from my friends about how I won’t see the films till I’ve read the book, but haven’t read the book. Anyway I finished the book a few days ago and wow. It was better than I expected, even after all the dystopia’s out at the moment that seem all a little too similar, no matter how good.
I loved how the book was written in Katniss’ Point of view because she is such an interesting and brave character from a devastating background. Suzanne has developed her so well and shown that she’s not all perfect which I love in any lead because it makes them all the more relatable and lets you empathise with them and their predicaments.
The description in the games and of the dress are also so beautiful and enthralling. At some parts I felt as though I was watching like one of the Panem citizens watching it live. There were parts that actually felt quite stressful due to the pressure that was on this amazing female lead and the descriptions of the events.
I also like how, although you have the love triangle and love interests, it isn’t such a big focus like it is in some books and instead you have a strong female lead that doesn’t constantly need all the relationship dramas that some have.
Suzanne Collins should be so proud that she has written such a strong willed, independent and brave female lead that many young girls can look up to instead of the usual celebrities making young girls care about looks instead of personality.
Truly inspirational character and an amazing action packed book. A perfect read for any time.
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At First Sight by Jennifer Lynn Barnes


At First SightTitle: 
At First Sight

Rating: Cup of TeaCup of TeaCup of TeaCup of Tea

Author: Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Published by: Quercus Editions Ltd

Publication Date: January 1st 2015

Pages: 393

Genres: Teen/YA Fiction/Fantasy/Thriller/Romance/Sci-Fi/Dystopian/Urban Fantasy/Mystery

Book Blurb:  A girl no one can see, A boy on a mission,
A love story with a difference
What happens when an assassin falls in love with his target?
There are people in this world who are Nobodies. No one sees them. No one notices them. They live under the radar, forgotten as soon as you turn away. That’s why they make perfect assassins.
The institute finds these people when they’re young and takes then away for training. But an untrained Nobody is a threat to their organisation. And threats must be eliminated. Claire has been invisible her whole life, missed by the Institute’s monitoring. But now they’re ID’ed Claire and sent seventeen-year-old Nix to remove her. Yet the moment he lays eyes on her, he can’t make the hit…

 

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Review:
This book is also known as ‘Nobody’ in the USA. At First Sight is a very original idea that I might not actually have bought if it wasn’t on offer. After reading it I sort of got slightly hooked on it. The books is written from two perspectives that were based on the main two characters. Usually I am not that into dual points if view but this was written really well and helped bring the book to life.
It is about two groups of people living in a normal world: those who love attention and people can’t help but want to listen to them however they are basically psychopathic, the other group are nobodies, people who are find it almost impossible to be noticed.
A nobody working for an organisation has been sent to kill Claire who he thinks is a killer but as soon as she looks at him, he can’t. O.K, this sounds like an average teen romance story, but something about it makes it amazing.
The only criticism I can give is that it felt like it was written for younger people yet the whole plot for YA; to bo honest, that’s not a very good one but it’s the only one I can think of that I feel is preventing me from giving it a full five stars.

Maze Runner: The Maze Runner by James Dashner


The Maze Runner - Maze Runner Series 1Title: 
The Maze Runner

Rating: Cup of TeaCup of TeaCup of TeaCup of TeaHalf Cup of Tea

Author: James Dashner

Published by: Delacorte Press

Publication Date: October 6th 2009

Pages: 378

Genres: Teen/YA Fiction/Dystopian/Adventure/Sci-fi/Post-Apocalyptic

Book Blurb:  When the doors of the lift crank open, the only thing Thomas remembers is his first name. But he’s not alone. He’s surrounded by boys who welcome him to the Glade – a walled encampment at the centre of a bizarre and terrible stone maze. Like Thomas, the Gladers don’t know why or how they came to be there \- or what’s happened to the world outside. All they know is that every morning when the walls slide back, they will risk everything \- even the Grievers, half-machine, half-animal horror that patrol its corridors, to try and find out.

 

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Review:
As some of you may know already, I had seen the movie before reading the book. One of the few times I have ever done it or ever will do. I hadn’t been sure about the whole story before I watched the film. After the film, it was a different story. It was amazing and absolutely thrilling. I read the book as soon as I got home. It was honestly a really, surprisingly good book. Not saying I thought it would be bad, but based on the sort of books I read, I didn’t expect to like it. I loved every second of it. I managed to read this book in around four days, two during, two after school had finished for half-term. The girl, Teresa was an amazing character who was hilarious at times and managed to bring the story to life even more than it already had. This book, though having a female in the plot, was luckily, not consumed by a romance or something. This meant that, although it is nice to have some once in a while, we actually got to see plot and more story line.
Minho is another character, aside from Tomas, the main protagonist, that I loved. He is quirky, witty and just has that sort of personality that makes you instantly think he is an awesome character.
The only criticism is that the book was a little slow during the middle,though it swiftly picked up.
For any of you who think this plot or genre isn’t for you, I seriously suggest you reconsider that opinion. I for one loved it and will most definitely be reading the nest book, Scorch Trials, hopefully soon.

The 100: The 100 by Kass Morgan


The 100Title: 
The 100

Rating: Cup of TeaCup of TeaCup of TeaCup of Tea

Author: Kass Morgan

Published by: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Publication Date: September 3rd 2013

Pages: 323

Genres: Teen/ YA Fiction/ Sci-fi/ Adventure/ Dystopian/ Post-Apocalyptic

Book Blurb:  Ever since a devastating nuclear war, humanity has lived on spaceships far above Earth’s radioactive surface. Now, one hundred juvenile delinquents – considered expendable by society – are being sent on a dangerous mission: to re-colonize the planet. It could be their second chance at life…or it could be a suicide mission. CLARKE was arrested for treason, though she’s haunted by the memory of what she really did. WELLS, the chancellor’s son, came to Earth for the girl he loves – but will she ever forgive him? Reckless BELLAMY fought his way onto the transport pod to protect his sister, the other half of the only siblings in the universe. And GLASS managed to escape back onto the ship, only to find that life there is just as dangerous as she feared it would be on Earth. Confronted with a savage land and haunted by secrets from their pasts, the hundred must fight to survive. They were never meant to be heroes, but they may be mankind’s last hope.

 

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Review:
O.K, so most of you will have probably seen this show advertised and aired on E4 when it came over to the UK. Turns out, it got itself a book to TV adaptation in America. If any of you watched the show already then by the first episode, things are already different which is why they changed part of the description from ‘based on the novel by Kass Morgan’ to ‘Loosely based on the novel by Kass Morgan’. This made me laugh quite a lot because I had heard some fans saying that it was ‘false advertising’ and other stuff like that. After the shows was advertised, I searched it up and realised it was a book which sounded really cool. A few days later I went and bought it. This book was amazing and really, quite intelligent. Though it does move a little slowly due to having to write about four different Points of Views (POV) it still manages to keep me hooked, which,by the way, is extraordinarily rare for a multiple POV book with more than two POVs.
So this novel is based on a post-apocalyptic world after nuclear devastation and the only survivors are those who were already in space due to working on the space stations: scientists. Anyway, so fast track around three millennia and you get to a time when they want to send 100 criminals down to earth as a way of checking if Earth is now safe for us and there is no more radiation to poison us.
This book was beautifully written and included flash backs marked out by a change in font, the flash backs helped to give plenty of insight into our main protagonists lives without having to read them rambling on about it forever.
My favourite character was Clarke Griffin, the main character. She is the daughter of some scientists who were convicted of a heinous crime they didn’t do and so were sentenced to the air lock, do I need to explain that gruesome fate any more? Anyway, I love the fact that even though she had a boyfriend (Wells), boys aren’t her life and she actually thinks about other stuff, plus she is an intelligent character.
As I said before, this book does move at a  rather slow pace, it must only gone on for around three days to a week, no-more. Some books work well like this, for instance the mortal instruments book one, but this book could have moved a little faster. I didn’t notice it at the time but when I now think about it, not much really happened. Big stuff happened, just nearer to the end and in small doses if you like.
Overall, I will give this four cups of tea as my only real criticism is the pace and cliff-hanging events excluding the ending.)
Book 2, Day 21 has recently come out and Kass Morgan has also officially announced there will be a book 3 t=sometime next year.

Divergent Series: Divergent by Veronica Roth

Divergnt coverTitle: Divergent

Review:  Cup of TeaCup of TeaCup of TeaCup of Tea

Author: Veronica Roth

Published by: Katherine Tegan Books
Publication date: April 25 2011
Pages: 487
Genres: Young Adult Fiction/ Adventure/ Dystopian Fantasy
Summary: For sixteen-year-old Tris, the world changes in a heartbeat when she is forced to make a terrible choice. Turning her back on her family, Tris ventures out, alone, determined to find out where she truly belongs. Shocked by the brutality of her new life, Tris can trust no one. And yet she is drawn to a boy who seems to both threaten and protect her. The hardest choices may yet lie ahead…A debut novel that will leave you breathless.

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Review:

The funny thing is, I accidentally read the first chapter of Insurgent thinking it was the first book in this trilogy, luckily I didn’t understand much of it so it didn’t give too much away. After that it took me around two years to buy the next book, after encouragement from a friends who had read books one and two and was about to buy the final one, Allegiant. This book was… well it was good, but something about it just didn’t quite capture me like some other books have. It didn’t have any humour which made it quite a heavy read. The story follows a girl called Tris who, when taking her aptitude test, a test that determines character, finds herself \divergent, not fitting in with any group. It was an extremely thrilling novel, although I do wonder whether it isn’t a little too like the hunger games. The end of the story is also quite low key if that makes sense. It makes you want to read on to the next book, but you wouldn’t die waiting to read it if that makes any sense at all.