Friday, April 13, 2012

The Hunger Games


The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games #1)
I had no idea what to expect when I first opened The Hunger Games.  All I knew was that 12 year olds attempt to kill each other.  As I got further in the same phrase kept popping into my head "this is fucked up!"  like "Survivor" on crack, and crack is whack.

Right about here I should be giving a description of the novel but lets face it, unless you've been living under a rock you know the  storyline, and until this afternoon I was.

I had previously been warned that once I picked up The Hunger Games I would not be able to put it down.  They were correct.  Even though it was an incredibly nice day out I practically had to be dragged outside to go for a walk.  Eventually, I was unable to use "but I'm at a good part" any more and was exposed to that bright ball in the sky.

I think the perfect word to describe the novel is wow.  It was an emotional roller-coaster that I didn't want to get off.  From the time Katniss Everdeen, volunteers herself for the event in her sister's steed to holding hands with her companion Peeta, my heart went out to her.  She has spunk, there is no other way to put it, despite the obstacles that come her way she stays true to herself and I admired her for that.

Peeta was a mystery,  I never knew whether he was just playing the game statistically using Katniss as a pong or if his feelings were genuine, and while eventually revealed added to the "espionage" of the story.

Suzanne Collins knows how to hold the reader's attention, raising suspense at just the right lull when you thought everything will turn out okay, making The Hunger Games unputdownable.


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5 comments:

  1. I'm so glad you enjoyed it. I had the same "I can't put this down" reaction when I read the series. By the time I got to the third book, I literally cleared my schedule and locked myself in a room so I could read uninterrupted all day long.

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  2. So glad to hear you liked the book so much, I loved it too. Two of my kids read it as well and the book brought up lots of different conversations about self sacrifice, how society is run, reality television, etc.

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  3. I tried this one and just couldn't get in to it. I think that I may be the last person in the universe who feels this way. :)

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  4. I wasn't able to put it down either! I'm glad you enjoyed it. :)

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  5. I thought Jennifer Lawrence was a great choice for Katniss, since Katniss has a lot in common both situationally and personality-wise to a previous Lawrence character, Ree in Winter's Bone.

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