The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

May 15, 2012

I went into this book with some apprehension, simply because it seemed like it might be a little dark and violent for my tastes. I actually talked to quite a few people about the book before picking it up, just so I could hopefully avoid getting halfway into the book and then deciding to put it down.

In short, I loved it. It has been a LONG time since I've read a book that had me on the edge of my seat the whole time. I kept thinking I had certain aspects of the plot figured out, only to be completely taken by surprise. (However, to Suzanne Collins' credit, I usually liked her ideas better than mine.) I'm usually not much of a fan of books in a series, just because I usually feel like I need a break after reading the first one, and then I've forgotten everything by the time I'm ready to pick up the second one. But I have to say I'm really excited, and anxious, to read Catching Fire.

So as far as the violence/subject matter goes, here's my take on it: Yes, it is violent, no question, but I don't think it's any more violent than novels about WWII. However, then you take the subject matter (teenagers fighting to the death on reality TV), and it makes the violence a little more gruesome. (To my relief though, there was less face to face combat than I was expecting...although they relived some of the moments too many times for my liking.)

Some people I talked to felt that this book was rather depressing. However, I actually felt somewhat inspired by it. I loved the main character, Katniss. She was such a real and likeable heroine. I felt like the book showed the depth of human love...we just can't escape caring about other people no matter how dark and awful the situation.

Even though it is very gripping and intense, it is also thought-provoking. Perhaps that's what makes it such an enjoyable read. Regardless, any book after this one is going to seem a little slow and dull.

I wrote this review before creating this blog.

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