Thursday, April 12, 2012

K: Katniss, Katsa and Kira

My original choices for K were a book I haven’t actually read yet, though I’m looking forward to it (The Kingdom of the Gods by N.K. Jemisin), a book I loved last time I read it - as a freshman in high school (Kane and Abel by Jeffrey Archer), and a movie I genuinely recall liking, though I no longer remember why (The King's Speech - Colin Firth might have had something to with how much I liked it). So, cool as these probably are, I decided to go with characters again.

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Genre: YA dystopian




I’m sure Katniss needs no introduction. Other than her bone-deep devotion to her younger sister, I’m not sure I have all that much in common with her, but I loved reading about her very, very much. Considering I assumed I wouldn't like these books and only read them after catching an excerpt by mistake, it's ridiculous how many times I've reread them since then. Love me some Katniss!


Graceling by Kristin Cashore
Genre: YA fantasy



Katsa probably needs no introduction, either, but just in case:

General premise Katsa is the king’s niece. Because she’s graced (has a rare magical ability that comes with having different-colored eyes) with extreme fighting skills that make her unbeatable, her uncle has used her since childhood to torture and punish people who have displeased him. While trying to atone for her brutal actions by secretly helping people, she meets Po, who is graced with combat skills that actually make him a challenging sparring partner for her. As their friendship develops and she realizes someone with similar skills is living a dramatically different life from hers, she begins to question whether she actually has as little control over her destiny as she’s always assumed.

Open Minds by Susan Kaye Quinn
Genre: YA SF




General premise Kira Moore is a zero. The ability to mind-read develops in early adolescence, but Kira’s never did. Since people (classmates, teachers, bus drivers, everyone she encounters) have to speak out loud to her because they can’t read her thoughts, they view her with suspicion and revulsion. But when she accidentally controls the mind of the boy she loves and nearly kills him, she draws the attention of people who want to use her and those who want to imprison her. That’s when she realizes her problems are even bigger than she thought. I love the tag line for this book:
“When everyone reads minds, a secret is a dangerous thing to keep.”

So in short, in dramatically different worlds, each teenage girl here fights against overwhelming governmental authority (and terrible odds) to change her destiny. These three characters make me very, very happy.


11 comments:

  1. Katniss and Katsa are two of my favorite YA heroines. I'm really looking forward to reading Cashore's new novel next month.

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  2. I loved the Hunger Games series, but still have to read the other two. :-)

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    1. They're not as violent as the Hunger Games, and the stories are also very compelling.

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  3. I love Katniss and Katsa (though I need to reread Graceling cause I forgot a lot of it) but need to check out Open Minds! It sounds great.

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    1. You know, I think I should reread Graceling too, before Bitterblue comes out. From their descriptions, I think Graceling is more directly related to Bitterblue than Fire is.

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  4. Great summaries! I'm a big fan of the Hunger Games (minus Mockingjay), but I haven't read the other two yet. Better break out the TBR list again. :)

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    1. LOL. I hear that a lot about Mockingjay. I loved it, but after reading it I don't think the books should have been sold as YA. Katniss doesn't follow a YA character arc. They should probably be labeled adult books.

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  5. I've heard SO MUCH about the hunger games, I have to get my hands on the novel...
    Enjoy the rest of the A to Z challenge!

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    1. Thanks for coming by. And Happy Hunger Games' reading! :)

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  6. Sorry... it should be Hunger Games in capitals...

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