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Book Review: The Hunger Games By Suzanne Collins

The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was my first encounter with first person, present tense POV. It took a little getting used to because I am so interested in getting into the heads of/the psychology of all the other characters. First person POV did not afford me that opportunity.However, I did find that Ms. Collins managed to get me deep into the head of Katniss. She made me indifferent to some characters while remaining standoffish to others. I think she pulled this off quite nicely. The present tense provided a more immediate feel for the situation. The tension was good. The pacing was good. I found myself not wanting to put it down, even when real life called.

Overall, I loved this story. It is very reminiscent of Lord of the Flies and Running Man, with a hint of Romeo and Juliet. A struggle for survival. Playing a game of life or death, and only one can emerge the victor. I’m not big on the whole romance thing, though. At least it wasn’t dripping in it. Not sure how that will play out in the following two books, though. But we’ll see.

The only real problem I had with the story, and it really is a minor one, is that it was too predictable. I pretty much figured everything out. Like I said, this is a minor irritant. After all, the book’s intended audience is for the “Young Adult”, not someone like me. The overall story, the characters, the plot, everything was rather enjoyable and I wanted to keep reading even when life got in the way. I will be reading the other two books soon enough.

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5 Comments

  1. Comment by Alex:

    Being a history lover I love this book. The author was able to mix the past, present, and future in a brilliant way. It takes place in the future, with a lot of references to Ancient Rome while being able to connect with the reader in the present. I also enjoyed the story, and I thought the love story was so real, especially after some recent books and movies I have watched.

  2. Comment by superhappyjen:

    I loved the first person narrative, and the character of Katniss. As for the story, I kept waiting for a twist that never occurred. I was less impressed with Katniss in the second and third book. Still, the whole trilogy was an enjoyable read.

  3. Comment by Michael Haynes:

    I agree with Alessandra on how I felt about the books. For me, at least, there was a BIG drop-off between books two and three. I pretty much loved book one, really liked book two, and sort of feel “eh” about book three.

    The book that this reminded me of was a different King book — The Long Walk. When I was younger, I read that one a whole bunch of times…

    I’m looking forward to the movie because of Jennifer Lawrence. She was so fantastic in Winter’s Bone…

    And, to be honest, I feel like the romance(s) were a major part of the original story, underlying everything. So unless those elements are handled poorly, I doubt I’ll object.

    We’ll see soon, I guess! 🙂

  4. Comment by Alessandra:

    I’ve actually heard that they are going to play up the romance in the movie which… does not thrill me at all. I liked each book less as this trilogy continued. I’ll be interested in hearing your thoughts on Catching Fire and Mockingjay whenever you get around to reading them.

  5. Comment by Angela Brown:

    Cool review. With the movie coming out soon, the big deal now is how will the book translate to the big screen. The major hope is that the romance does NOT get overplayed. But I guess will see what happens when it is release.

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