mockingjay by suzanne collins

MockingjaySummary: Katniss accepts her new position as the rebel in District 13. Her and a few others were taken from the Quarter Quell. The Quarter Quell is from Catching Fire. However, Peeta was not one of these who were extracted. He is still missing and in close watch under the Capitol’s eyes. Each day, Katniss still feels as if President Snow haunts her. After much torment, she chooses to accept the role as Mockingjay for the rebel side. By accepting this role, she is granted immunity for her friends and authorization to personally end President Snow’s life. Beetee, another Game victor, works with Katniss closely. She trains Katniss to become a special weapon. As the role of Mockingjay, Katniss is featured in commercials representing the rebel side. These clips are called propos. In a propo, she teams up with her dear friend Gale. They are sent to District two. During their time in District two, they visit a hospital that ends up getting destroyed. By speaking with the injured, and then seeing the hospital being demolished, encourages Katniss to fight for justice. The rebels begin to gain strength after her decision. This is also stimulated by the coded message Peeta sent out to warn the rebels. After Peeta sent out this message, the Capitol releases footage of Peeta being tortured.

Why I picked it up: I watched the movie, “The Hunger Games,” and I loved it, so I decided to read the sequel for it.

Why I kept reading it: Once you pick this book up, you won’t be able to put it down.

Who would I give it to next: Anybody who watched or read The Hunger Games will love this book.

Reviewed by: Nihal S.

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Animal Farm by George Orwell

Summary:  In this allegorically magnificent book, the political and economic views of socialism and communism are reviewed in a fun and exciting way. In this book, there is a feud that continuously grows between farmers and their unhappy farm animals. The farm animals start a rebellion because they wish to be free from their captors. With the leadership skills of Snowball and Napoleon, the herd of animals achieve an impossible feat. They rebel and rebel until they eventually start to become like the beings they once despised.

Why I picked it up:  I picked up this book because my dad recommended it to me.

Why I kept reading it:  I kept reading this book because it was insightful, knowledgeable, and fun. I would suggest this book to anyone interested in politics and history.

Who should read it next:  I would mostly recommend this book to any ordinary high school or middle school students because of the valuable historical lessons it teaches.

Reviewed by Jacob A.

Beastly by Alex Flinn

200px-BeastlyBeastly is a solid novel which traces particular events in Kyle Kingsbury’s social life. He meets an ugly girl in one of his classes and proceeds to embarrass and humiliate her. The girl reveals herself to be a witch and curses Kyle to lead the life of a beast, thus beginning the course of this dreadfully demeaning life. The book deals with the harsh troubles and adventures which Kyle had to endure in order to regain his prior, lavish lifestyle. I primarily picked up this book due to its appealing cover and the promising content which was portrayed in its synopsis. I most certainly would recommend this novel to any fantasy-enthusiast as it vibes out some of the most heart-wrenching and gripping adventures through its captivating plot. Beastly is a must-have on the bookshelf of any die-hard fantasy reader.

Reviewed by: Saravan P.