The Art of Asking details musician (and wife of author Neil Gaimon) Amanda Palmer’s incredible success with crowd-sourcing her music career. I’d never heard of her before, but a bit of online research turned up quite a controversy about this TED talk and her career as a whole. Personally, I’m not sure that I’d take her advice verbatim on how to be a successful artist, but it was a really interesting look at an unconventional rise to fame.
After winning the Hunger Games, Kitniss Everdeen’s troubles appear to be over. She has a big new house, plenty of food and more money than her family will ever need. But before she can get over the uneasy feelings that come with her comfortable new life, she finds herself facing problems that make her wish she was back in the arena – rebellion is spreading across the country like wildfire with her own Mockingjay as its emblem, the President of Panem himself is dropping by to make threats, and a shocking twist in the new Hunger Games upsets people in the Districts and Capitol alike.
I just as enthralled in this book as I was in the last one. Katniss is a joy to read – she’s forthright, but helpless. She’s decisive, but conflicted. She’s a scared adolescent girl going through her growing pains, and she’s a full-fledged adult, carefully maneuvering her new role in the public eye. The path for Katniss is never clear, and she stumbles and falls frequently along the way. As usual, the characters are incredibly vibrant and life-life – Collins does a wonderful job of portraying genuine fear in characters who are struggling to maintain their composure for the sake of the public.
I devoured this book in less than a day, reading well into the night because I could not put it down. There’s a fierce intensity to this book that trumps even the gruesome death-match of the first book. Admittedly, the Hunger Games in this book feel a little rushed, but the rest of the book was well-paced, springing some new twist on the reader just as soon as things were starting to settle down. I would highly recommend this series.
Got paid $164.25 today, which means I’m at: