the final book to the Gemma Doyle trilogy...it was a rather thick book but i like how the story progress towards its conclusion. a lot more mystery came out and at times its frustrating that Gemma makes a lot of bad decisions though her heart is at the right place most of the time...but i think that what makes the characters in this story more real to me, it reflects of human weakness, of the oppression that women suffer in that era in whatever station...and the hope that there is change and there is another path that is possible for girls like Gemma and her friends Ann and Felicity in a victorian age. there is more to this series than just gothic victorian story of the supernatural.
The book I bought for just 5php from Booksale. I would not recommend it though. I am not a good book reviewer. The following are all that I can say (1) it lacked the romance that I expected (2) made me wonder how the narrator knew the stories he told (for me it's either a balck or a white)
Blindness by Jose Saramago (available in NBS; Booksale P145)
I've been eyeing this since I first saw it on Booksale last December. There were at least 5 books in the two branches I frequent so I didn't buy it right away. I was also trying to refrain myself from impulsively buying books that are not in my to-buy list, so I decided to check some reviews first. Finally bought it last week.
The story revolves around an ophthalmologist's wife who was spared from an instant epidemic called "white blindness" that struck the whole country, and how she alone carried the responsibility of looking after those no longer capable of doing so themselves. The story is set mostly in an asylum where the first victims are quarantined (she pretended to be struck blind as well just so she could stay with her husband)--where names became irrelevant and your voice is your identity. It's a story of survival, compassion, and just how much (and for how long) one's spirit can endure.
This book is so good, though I'm not satisfied with it's ending. It made me wince, smile, almost want to cry. The living conditions depicted in the book is unimaginable, and the line between what can be considered humane and not seems practically erased. It's dystopian, and it's frightening because it seems possible, one moment everything's as it is then BOOM--you're flung into a world you only see in nightmares. There is also a sequel (I'm not sure if it really is, it's set 4 years after and seems to be able to be a standalone book) entitled "Seeing."
There was a movie adaptation in 2008 starring Julianne Moore.
talk about intense! so i finished the first book and i really hope that the movie adaptation will give it justice coz i'm gonna be on the look out on some particular scenes and how the actors will portray their characters. my fave scene is actually the part wherein they get to say goodbye to their love ones before leaving for the capitol...katniss told her mother that she can't leave again...i think that was a more desperate moment for her that being in the arena fighting for her life.
Finally finished The Hunger Games Trilogy! The series is intense and very unique, a dystopian tragedy that stars teens and manages to weave a sweeping story mixed with love, the future, warfare, archery, technology, survival, the art of tv production, and even fashion into it.
Even though ive heard that the idea may have been taken from a Japanese film called Battle Royale, the concept is still so unique it draws you in until you find yourself rooting for Katniss until the very end.
Still, while i was reading the 2nd and 3rd books, I get the feeling that Suzanne Collins initially intended to write only 1 book, the first one. And then for some reason after she had already completed the 1st book she wrote the 2nd and the third. The 1st book to me was already complete and had no need for a 2nd and third. To those who have read the trilogy, did you have that same feeling, too?