I’m not going to say much about the series in terms of plot. Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past few years, you likely have a good idea of what the story is all about. As usual, I’m a latecomer to popular series/books. Game of Thrones anyone? Part of my reluctance to start this series was (a) it’s a series, (b) it’s for young adults/tweens, and (c) I could care less about what’s hip, popular and cool at any given time. However, after some gentle prodding (ha!) by a few friends, I took the leap. I’m a fan of the post-apocalyptic, dystopian, big-brother worlds of George Orwell and Adlous Huxley so it should come as no surprise that I enjoyed the series. A few people had commented to me that Mockingjay was their least favourite of the books; someone even mentioned it was as though the author gave up part way through. I quite enjoyed it and would probably rank it either slightly better than Catching Fire or at least on par with it. My problem with the series (of course I have a few things to say…) is that I never thought of Katniss Everdeen as a 16 year old girl. While I understand that situations and circumstances can cause us to grow up/mature faster than we would otherwise, I didn’t buy it. This to me was not a teenager. Her’s was the voice of a 20 or 30something woman. Other than that though, I’d recommend it although certainly not for anyone under the age of 14. Some of the situations are brutal.
174. Below by Ryan Lockwood
Synopsis from the official site:
In all his years as a professional diver, Will Sturman has never encountered a killing machine more ferocious than the great white shark or as deadly as the piranha. Now, off the coast of California, something is rising from the deep—and multiplying. Voracious, unstoppable, and migrating north, an ungodly life form trailed by a gruesome wake of corpses. With the help of the brilliant and beautiful oceanographer Valerie Martell, Will finds himself in a race against time to stop the slaughter—by a predator capable of devastating the world’s oceans. Pray it kills you quickly.
I needed a break around Christmas time from the bleakness of The Hunger Games so I put the series aside part way through Mockingjay and latched onto Ryan Lockwood’s first novel like a giant squid wrapping its tentacles around its prey and dragging into the dark mysterious waters of the deepest oceans. It was perfect weekend reading that didn’t make me think to hard (yes, I’m talking about YOU Moby Dick!); an enjoyable read that made me never want to go deep sea diving or head into the ocean at night.