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The author does not seem to understand the developmental stage a two year old would meet, and as a result gives "Boots", the two year old sister to Gregor, the speech attributes of a 13-14 month old baby. This provides an unrealistic story with irritation at her verbal pronouncements.
I dont understand why ppp loved Hunger Games so much. The first book was fantastic, sure. The second book was a repeat of the first, in a new setting. So was the third,
At least we could marvel at the intricate and novel worlds...until now.
It showed much promise. i had paid zero attention to who the author was until I was already into the book by several chapters. And....it’s really a very similar plot progression to the Hunger Games, in a fantasy setting with large bugs.
Might I add, I know too much about biology? Nothing with an exoskeleton, such as a roach, can be over a certain size. They will collapse under the weight of their shells. So I was already having to work heavily to suspend my disbelief. You then add in the same rather shallow characters (again, forgiven bc it’s a kid’s book), a prophecy that tells you the plot (author REALLY NEEDS TO STOP WITH PROPHECIES), and an utterly unrealistic series of events with a progressive arc very similar to every Hunger Games book.
You are supposed to improve your writing skills with every novel. But the author has not. Disappointed. The book was at least cheap, and killed several hours. It was well written prose. So readable if you want a different version of the same thing as Hunger Games, plus rats and bugs.
Based on the author's own account, she was inspired by Alice in Wonderland and wanted to write a children story city kids could relate to. I believe the characters are creepy. I have extreme fear of roaches and do not like bats, I believe this book would give kids nightmares. Otherwise, it was well written and it had a good plot.
Nothing interesting in this for me... characters plot or dialogue. I skimmed through the las half just in case things improved,... they didnt. two stars only because maybe some young readers may like better?
I kept reading as long as I could. I gave it a huge chance, too many used and re-used sci-fantasy notions and ideas. If your looking for more of Suzanne Collins work to read after you finish The Hunger Games, I suggest waiting for new work. She has obviously grown and matured as a story teller since the publishing of these novels.