The Hunter’s Moon is about these two cousins, Findabhair and Gwen. Findabhair is living in present day Ireland and Gwen in living in present day America. Gwen comes to visit one summer and they embark on an adventure like no other. They decide to set out on an adventure through all these magnificent cities. When their tour bus is redirected to Tara, only trouble could happen. The two decide to sleep in a burial mound in the center of Tara. Within their dreams, a king comes and asks each of them to join him in Faerie. Findabhair accepts and Gwen declines. Within this book, Gwen is trekking across modern day and past day Ireland visiting places of all sorts. She heads off with this king several times and every time the king tricks her. Gwen develops a love interest with one of the fairies, and he fancies her too. When Gwen is offered to stay in Faerie, will she take it?
The author uses great writing techniques and demonstrates great imagery when describing each scene. However, she jumps around a lot so you might find yourself having to go back and read several paragraphs just to comprehend what she is saying. She also uses a lot of Irish in her writing so that also adds to the difficulty. O.R. Melling uses indirect characterization when describing Gwen but uses direct characterization when describing Findabhair. Gwen is more of the reserved type, and Findabhair is more of the outgoing, spontaneous character. In my opinion, this book is more for the expert reader because of the language. This book was easy to put down because, at times, it was confusing and just frustrating to read. There were parts, mostly the romance parts, that kept me reading. However, the romance parts seemed to end so quickly that is was disappointing.
~Renee C., Class of ’11
The Hunger Games takes place in Panem, which is a nation that was established after the destruction of North America. The Hunger Games is an annual event. The Games were enacted as “punishment for the uprising [of the districts], each of the twelve districts must provide one girl and one boy, called tributes, to participate” (Collins Page 18).The Games are only for children between the ages of 12 and 18. Katniss Everdeen is put to the ultimate test when she goes as a tribute in place of her younger sister Primrose, whose name was chosen to participate in The Games. Katniss’s competitor in District 12 is Peeta Mellark. At the beginning of The Games, Katniss recalls the time when Peeta once gave Katniss two loaves of bread when she and her family where starving. Also, “Over a period of several weeks, the competitors must fight to the death. The last tribute standing wins” (Collins Page 18). This novel is best suited for both male and female teenagers to read. I could not stop turning the pages; the novel kept me very interested. I would recommend my peers to read The Hunger Games. The Hunger Games was very entertaining, yet informative at the same time.
~ Asia T., Class of ’11