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The Hunger Games
Written in the first person and the present tense. The POV is a female 16 year old in book one. In book 3 she’s an 18 year old (I think). Tough outdoors person and an expert at hunting. She is the victim and the heroine.
All good thrillers should have a protagonist, in this case Katniss Everdeen and an Antagonist, in this case The Capitol and the Capitol system. The Antagonist should be tangible enough for the reader to dislike them. Here they get President Snow. The protagonist should be just likable enough for the reader to (at least) empathise with them. The Capitol (First Word) is a dystopian society, hedonistic and with greed taken to extremes. It has advanced technology, including medicines that the ‘Districts’ (Third World) can only dream about.
The books are 400 pages each, give or take 50 pages. They are published by Scholastic Fiction. In technical terms, there are grammatical English errors and spelling mistakes. Nevertheless, it’s pretty good. It is becoming increasingly common to come across books written in the First Person, Present Tense, Antagonist POV. Now wait for a deluge of First Person, Present tense, Antagonist POV.
Each of the books starts in a similar manner, in the forest in a fairly safe but threatening environment. It provides the reader with a cosy start that familiarises them to the situation. The reader is seduced into reading more and it works.
The story is a ‘David and Goliath’, ‘Decadent West versus poor exploited Third World’, ‘Morally corrupt State versus the poor individual’ story. It is a moral story equalling ‘Nineteen Eighty-
Book 1 and to a lesser extent Book 2 are cracking good reads. Book 3 is not a good read and tests my acceptance of the incredible. Whilst Books 1 and 2 are similar in providing the protagonist with tangible, real and beatable enemies, in Book 3 the enemy is ‘The Capitol and its system. With the setting of Books 1 and 2 it seems incredible that that system could have been defeated using the scenario in Book 3. Nevertheless, Books 1 and 2 are the best I’ve come across in a some time
Petals is sexually explicit and full of innuendo and euphemisms. It includes bisexual sexual acts involving oral and anal sex, lesbianism, a young man having sex with older women including a fifty-
Rosemary is the forty-
Susan, Rosemary’s friend, is the fifty-
This is a ‘Happy Ever After’ story, which starts with a decades long disappointment for two middle aged women who are the central characters. It ends in their metamorphosis into sexually liberated cougars, sexual fulfilment with each other as well as with their special male lovers. It is both sexually explicit with sizzling sex scenes and romantically indulgent.
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