Friday, 25 October 2013

Book Review : The Hunger Games

Title : The Hunger Games

Author : Suzanne Collins

Published : 2008

Publisher : Scholastic

My Rating : Damn Nice

Genre : Teen Fiction, Young Adult
From Goodreads: "Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don't live to see the morning?

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 is forced to represent her district in the Games. But Katniss has been close to dead before-and survival."                                      

 My Review: I read this book in one go, in four hours non-stop. I loved it, no matter what the others say. My friends forced me to read it, and I gotta admit; it was one of the few good things in life that they did. It is un-put-down-able. The story progresses really fast, and its very difficult to turn away once you've started. The protagonist Katniss, was awesome. Acts first, and thinks later. And with Collins description, it was almost as if the arena was before my eyes, with Cato and Clove and everyone else.  

My feelings about Peeta went on this roller coaster ride in the book. He made me gasp when he proclaimed his love for Katiniss, but I swear, I felt like murdering him when he allied with the Careers. Then when it was found out he did it only for Katniss, I didn't know whether I wanted to trust him completely.  
Gale hasn't been described very well in the book, but I wasn't clear of Katniss' feelings for either Peeta or Gale.
I fell totally and absolutely in love with Rue. She was just this tiny creature whom you instinctively wanted to protect from harm. I admit, when she died, I shed tears of actual misery.                                                               

My Recommendation: Read it. NOW. It'll be one of the things you regret in life if you don't. 

Oh, and Hunger Games trailer!

Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Divergent : Book Review

Title : Divergent
Author : Veronica Roth
Published : 28th February, 2012
Main Characters : Beatrice Prior, Tobias
My Rating :     Pretty Awesome
According to GoodReads : 
In sixteen-year-old Beatrice Prior’s world, society is divided into five factions – Abnegation (the selfless), Candor (the honest), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent) – each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue, in the attempt to form a “perfect society.” At the age of sixteen, teens must choose the faction to which they will devote their lives.
On her Choosing Day, Beatrice renames herself Tris, rejects her family’s group, and chooses another faction. After surviving a brutal initiation, Tris finds romance with a super-hot boy, but also discovers unrest and growing conflict in their seemingly “perfect society.” To survive and save those they love, they must use their strengths to uncover the truths about their identities, their families, and the order of their society itself.

Wow! Oh my Gods, this was AWESOME! I completed this book under a day and I didn't poke my nose up. For real, I didn't even eat till until I put it down. This book was suggested to me by a lot of friends, and know I know why. I was probably one of the last people to ever read this book. For me, its totally impossible to live in a world, where we value only one virtue. I won' t last a day in such a world.
I adored Tris. She isn't exactly a Katniss, but she plays to her strengths pretty well, and I admired that about her. Roth has drawn the readers in, and its gripping until the very last page. Very much looking forward to Insurgent. If this was the first one, I wonder how the others turn out. 

Monday, 7 October 2013

Ode to Sundays!

Lets face it : Everyone loves Sundays, may it school-goers, adults or oldies. So here's my ode to the weekends : 

I wake up in the morning,
And rush out to play.
A voice in my head says,
"Thank God, its a Sunday!"

I look at a tree,
I observe an over-active bee.
For its on Sundays,
That I get to be free!

I play and I laugh,
Have fun, take a walk
For its on Sundays,
That I have so much to talk!

I come home dirty and wet,
I run straight to bed.
For its Monday tomorrow,
And I have school instead!

Tuesday, 1 October 2013

Project Unbreakable

"Two out of three women will be sexually assaulted in their lifetime. Fifteen out of sixteen rapists will never see a day in jail. Every two minutes, a woman in the United States becomes a victim."

These are the shocking statistics that you'll come across if you ever happen to come across the video for 'Project Unbreakable', an amazing, amazing project that I recently came across on the Internet. It shows women holding up posters quoting the people who attacked them. This post is a shout out to all these lovely women and also to Grace Brown, who has founded this project and has been running it for the last two years.
This was just one of the most haunting things I've ever come across. Ever. And most of the women were quoting their fathers or brothers. It was sickening.
How? I mean, what? How? I cannot comprehend this. Are we even humane anymore?
Ladies, I respect your bravery and courage. You truly are unbreakable. I'm sorry, but I'm just lost for words right now.