Unputdownable tale of woe and hope
The book opens on a bleak note, and it sets down the tone for the rest of the pages. And when you feel that there's absolutely no hope to clutch to, something miraculous happens.
The plot is designed to keep the readers hooked, and though not always unpredictable, it suffices to keep us enthralled.
The characterization is to the point, and although I find parallels between the characters of Peeta Mellark and Edward Cullen and Jacob Black and Gale Hawthorne, the similarity stops there. Well-etched and played out, it's easy to identify with them and see them humans stuck between the devil and the deep blue sea.
Somewhere before the last page, the lines between fact and fiction blur, and you're left wondering if Collins just has an imaginative mind or if art does imitate life at times.
Visually and emotionally evocative, Suzanne Collins has probably created one of the most impressive allegories of our times.
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