part 1 of this series included reviews of five fiction books, and part 2 included reviews of four general non-fiction books. this time around, i’m covering two categories: young adult fiction, and graphic novels.
my approach: one sentence of summary, and one sentence of opinion.
The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins
(Surely you know) Future world teenage girls fights for her life in a government sponsored death match. Worthy of the hype, completely.
Catching Fire (Hunger Games, book 2), by Suzanne Collins
Victorious teenage girl from the first book inadvertently launches a revolution. The weakest of the three, but only because it’s primary purpose is to set the stage for the final book.
Mockingjay (Hunger Games, book 3), by Suzanne Collins
Teenage girl is the reluctant face of the revolution that may or may not be corrupt. Fantastic wrap-up to the trilogy.
Middle School, The Worst Years of My Life, by James Patterson
Young teen guy figures out how to survive middle school. A 4th grader might enjoy this offensively juvenile, complete rip-off of Wimpy Kid: really, James Patterson?
The Walking Dead, vol. 15: We Find Ourselves, by Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard
The gang settles into a new outlook: thinking about the future (while, of course, avoiding zombies). I love this series; but there wasn’t enough plot advancement in this edition.
The Death-Ray, by Daniel Clowes
Less-than-average teenage boy discovers he has superpowers, and a death ray gun – but how to use them? I love Clowes understated style, completely other than “comic books.”
Hark! A Vagrant, by Kate Beaton
A (surprisingly long) collection of hilarious comics set in historical settings. Time mag called this one of the best books of last year, which is surprising, but accurate if best means original.