I finished this book a month ago or so but think the prequel to The Hunger Games deserves a share on my blog!
First of all, L.O.V.E the title! Secondly, I was a little apprehensive before I started reading this one. I was about 15 when I read The Hunger Games which I really enjoyed. However, I was a little nervous that I’d outgrown the story and concept behind the plot.
But, this book did not disappoint!! Collins’ writing style is just as addictive as ever with vivid descriptions of emotions and environments. Her outstanding character development means that the book was hard to put down.
The dystopian novel follows the story of Coriolanus Snow’s (the later psychotic President of Panem) teenage years and is set just a few years after the Civil War. It goes some way into explaining the history of The Hunger Games which I found quite interesting. The plot rests upon Snow’s role as mentor to Lucy Gray-Baird – of my recent reads, she is by far one of my favourite characters in a long time.
The overall theme of the book is underpinned by; love, violence, psychosis, the media and social appearances.
Although a good plot throughout, I did feel quite disappointed with the way the book ended?
Overall, I would recommend this book to all Hunger Games lovers! A really gripping read which is different to anything I’ve read for a long while!
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