Gregor the Underwhelming Overlander

I’ve been making an effort recently to read some of the hundreds of unread books I own. And because I reasoned that it’d be easier to read through the stuff for younger readers first instead of tackling, like, Crime and Punishment, I decided to pick up the first book in Suzanne Collins’s Gregor the Overlander series. (Yes, The Hunger Games’s Suzanne Collins wrote a lighthearted middle grade fantasy. I was surprised, too.)

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Fanfiction Fridays: The Secret Room

Today I bring you a Hunger Games fanfic written by tumblr user feeding-geese, titled “The Secret Room”.

The fic is set after the events of Mockingjay, so if you haven’t yet finished the trilogy get off the computer and get reading! Good God, what are you doing with your life? this fic will contain major spoilers. Read at your own risk.

Trying not to give too much away, since the whole premise of the story hinges on a spoiler, essentially this story tells of Katniss and Peeta coming to terms with one of the character deaths in Mockingjay. This death tore my heart out of my chest and was dealt with a little too succinctly in the book for my taste so I really appreciate this author addressing the aftermath in more detail and how these two characters get through it together.

The story is written as a first person point of view, like the novels, but from Peeta’s perspective rather than Katniss’. I’m often put-off by first person narratives (I’m still a little surprised by how much I enjoyed the books themselves) but I think feeding-geese has done a good job with the style and, much like Suzanne Collins, manages to really get the reader invested in the character through its use.

I’m not only happy with the fact that this story addresses some of the lingering problems left unresolved by the books, but even more so with the way these problems are addressed. The author has kept the characters well-drawn and true to their personalities so that this feels like a very natural continuation of the story by a writer who has a firm grasp on the source material. I can perfectly believe Peeta and Katniss in this scenario and one of the things I most appreciated was that the story, though dealing with the love between Peeta and Katniss, does not get overly romantic. Believe me, I love fluff, but the relationship these two share is pretty far from fluffy so I love that the story didn’t try to make it into something it’s not.

This is one of the first Hunger Games fics I’ve read and I’m very happy with it and look forward to more, from this author and others.

[Also can I just say how great the Peeta/Katniss shipper names are? Everlark almost literally means Eternally Happy and then there’s the giggle-inducing Peeniss. This may become one of my favorite ships for those reasons alone.]