genre: young adult
If you haven't read The Hunger Games already, I probably wouldn't read this review. Instead, I'd just get myself to the library and check myself out a copy of The Hunger Games so I could hurry and read that and then read this. As soon as possible.
Because WOW can Suzanne Collins write a zinger of an book. I love the political intrigue and the way that over and over again - she threw me for a loop. I loved the romantic interplay between Katniss and her boys (GO PEETA!!). I love that Katniss is still figuring out what she's got inside and that it's enough to make a huge difference. I love that she's sometimes so unlovable, but that she's still surrounded by people that DO love her. I also love, in a strange way, that Collins doesn't gloss over the death and the horror of the situation - the realistic light she shines on it makes us as horrified with the Capital and the President as she is. I love the realistic yet fantastical, futuristic yet present-day feel of the world she's created. Can you feel all the love?
If I wanted more after The Hunger Games - I want even more now. Fantastically fun reading.