hungergames

So, I’m probably one of the last people on the planet (or at least, in the book blogging world) to read Suzanne Collins’ smash hit Hunger Games series, much as I resisted the siren call (and biblio-peer pressure) of the Twilight series. YA Science Fiction? No, thanks.

But of course, time (and rave reviews from fellow book bloggers whose opinions I trust) wore me down and I decided a couple of weeks ago to get it over with and read the damn book, fully expecting to dislike it, or worse, be bored to tears.

Well, not so much.

In fact, I practically devoured the book, I literally could not put it down, and read it in the span of a few hours. I don’t think I need to rehash the plot, but suffice it to say that if you took bits of The GiverNineteen Eighty-Four, The Running Man, and yes, even Twilight, and mashed them all together, what you’d have is The Hunger Games. I only wish I’d had the foresight to check out both the first and second books at the same time, since I took The Hunger Games home from work on Saturday and our library is closed on Sunday, so I had to wait A WHOLE DAY before I could continue on with Catching Fire, the second book in the series. 

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Book Rating: 5: Excellent. This book has impacted me deeply, or has simply been a pure delight to read.

FTC Disclosure: I borrowed this book from the library.

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One good thing about waiting this long to read The Hunger Games, is that by the time I came around, I didn’t have to agonizingly wait months and months for the second book. (I had the same experience with Twilight and New Moon.) My library’s Young Adult copies were all checked out, but by some serendipitous error, we’d gotten a Large Print copy of Catching Fire, which was actually on the shelf.  So by lunchtime on Monday, I was happily back in Katniss’ world, wondering how the nasties at the Capitol would get their revenge on her for cheating them out of her death, and whether she would opt for the stalwart Peeta or the resourceful Gale.

Now, I’m not usually one for blonds, typically preferring the tall, dark stranger-type, but I’m also the kind of girl who roots for the underdog (see my preference for Jacob over Edward as an example), so in this case, I am all about Peeta. He’s so good! And self-sacrificing! And hot! And at least I’m not alone in lusting after barely-legal teenagers. In fact, Googling ‘Peeta’ turns up TY’s Team Gale vs. Team Peeta post.  Her visuals do make me lean more towards Gale, though, as Henry Cavill just oozes sex appeal.

As for the book itself, it was good but mainly serves to build momentum for the last book in the trilogy, Mockingjay, which won’t be published until (gasp!) August. 

From reading these books, I’ve made the realization that I quite like dystopic fiction (The Giver and Never Let Me Go being two examples that I’ve read in recent years that I really enjoyed) and will be seeking out more of it in the future. Since I’ve been raving about The Hunger Games to anyone who’ll listen, I’ve had someone recommend The Windup Girl, which I’ve added to my list of books to read this year.

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Book Rating: 4: Good, solid book that I would recommend to others.

FTC Disclosure: I borrowed this book from the library.