Thursday, March 29, 2012

The Maze Runner (Maze Runner #1)

Author: James Dashner
Reviewed By: Courtney
Published By: Delacorte Press
Release Date: October 2009
Genre: YA/ Dystopia
Pages: 374 pages

When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his first name. His memory is blank. But he’s not alone. When the lift’s doors open, Thomas finds himself surrounded by kids who welcome him to the Glade—a large, open expanse surrounded by stone walls.

Just like Thomas, the Gladers don’t know why or how they got to the Glade. All they know is that every morning the stone doors to the maze that surrounds them have opened. Every night they’ve closed tight. And every 30 days a new boy has been delivered in the lift.

Thomas was expected. But the next day, a girl is sent up—the first girl to ever arrive in the Glade. And more surprising yet is the message she delivers.

 Thomas might be more important than he could ever guess. If only he could unlock the dark secrets buried within his mind.

I heard of this book from a good friend and decided to read it since dystopias and my new found favorite type of books, I seem to have become obsessed with them. I don't know if it's the reality of it being so close to being real or what. All I have to say is WOW. I really didn't think this book would be that great.

 I don't know why but I seem to love every book I have ever read. I always connect to each character, and even though Tom is a man I still feel a connection. It starts off weird because Tom knows absolutely nothing about whats going on, so as he learns your learning too. I only hated some of the words like REALLY??? (you can guess what it means right) Instead of just throwing everything in the beginning for you to learn James gives you no reference of the up and coming events and rarely any clues, you are thrust into this world like Tom and the other boys with no preparation or warning of the upcoming events. It's even and not to descriptive

When authors spend to much time describing the scene it can be quite slow and you get bored. I never got bored in this book and never put it down, well until I had to sleep :) It was additive, and very much on the edge. I never knew what was going to happen and I love when a book keeps you guessing. Tom's lost and knows he's supposed to be a runner but has no idea why, since being a runner is pretty much a death sentence. There's a couple guys there who suspect him of being a traitor because they remember seeing him before they were sent there. So that creates a lot of chaos. Then a girl comes out of the elevator the next day saying that shes the last and everyone gets sketchy of Tom and Theresa.

After Theresa shows up everything goes downhill.She shows up early in the book but ends up in a coma for nearly the whole thing. Shes the only girl in the entire glade so I figured she'd be a bad ass, instead she has such a little part in the whole thing. With their resources running low and the sun no longer shining, they have a limited time to figure out how to leave or die. So they and you are desperate to figure it out. You will just have to read and see.

Even though you are lost throughout this book it's comforting to realize the characters are just like you and just as confused. I really enjoyed this and hope that they do make the movie out of the books soon.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

The Hunger Games

 The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games #1)

Author: Suzanne Collins
Reviewed By: Courtney
Published By: Scholastic Press
Release Date: 2008
Genre: YA/ Dystopia
Pages: 374 pages

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 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 state making choices that weigh survival against humanity an life against love.

I got this book from my fellow blogger Kayla for Christmas. I had never heard of it but I had seen the cover at the store just never thought it looked like anything I would read. I do tend to judge the book by the cover....silly me because the moment I started to read this book I fell in love. It took me only two days to read this book and a week to finish all three. This trilogy is amazing, it's not like other young adults books in a way that its not to lovey. Yes there is a love triangle but the movie doesn't revolve around that. It's more of a empowerment to stand up for what you believe in.

Anyways before I talk this blog off the face of the earth I wanna say YOU MUST READ. Katniss is like any girl but she had to grow up fast and provide for her family but she still doubts herself. Gale is her tall hot guy friend who also has to provide for his family, you can tell there's something between them but they don't say anything to each other. And then there's Peeta. The bakers son who is popular but only has eyes for Katniss. The whole plot of this books is amazing and I never knew how it would end, and let me say it totally surprised me. I couldn't wait to get my hands on the second and third book.

I am a giant fan of this series and the Movie that comes out March 23. I've already pre ordered my ticket and have a shirt and nail polish. Lets just say I'm a adult who acts like a 16 year old when I see anything that deals with The Hunger Games. So are you Team Gale, or Team Peeta? I for one am all about Peeta, Which one are you?? The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins