Initial Thoughts: The whole time I was thinking this was what the Capital was like in the Hunger Games
Characters: 2 – They all fell a little flat to me. There was no depth and frankly, the seemed sort of catty. The villain was just bad, with no redeeming character to make her interesting.
Plot: 3 – Entertaining, but I wanted more. I totally get the message this book was sending and I appreciate that, but it felt like it sacrificed story to get the message across.
Originality: 4 – Other than making me think of Hunger Games, this was not like anything else I had read in terms of the overarching story. Of course, when you break it down it a lot like other things I’ve read.
Predictability: 3 – This went basically the way I expected, there was a twist that I didn’t entirely see coming, but all in all it was fairly predictable.
Romance: 2 – I debated even including this, as there wasn’t really a romance plot so to speak, and what little there was, I didn’t care for.
World Building: 4 – I felt like I understood this world pretty well. I would have liked a little more, but I think some things have to be kept a mystery, especially given this is the first book in a series.
If you ever wondered what it would have been like to live in the Capitol of Panem, you should give this a read.
Buy it on Amazon.