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message 1: by amy gretchen (new)

amy gretchen i really like this book and was hook from the get go. It actually reminded me of Lord of the Flies a bit too and I'm not sure why except it came to my mind while reading it.

I was expecting it to be a bit more gruesome, but like you said I think Collins handled the deaths quite well. In fact, I thought she did an excellent job of making sense of the whole situation. So many books like this, where the odds are stacked against the heroine, out of no where they prevail for no reason at all. I loved that everything made sense and could have completely happened.

I actually really enjoyed the character Katniss and am looking forward to seeing what she will happen in the next one...I'm so glad I don't have to wait for it to be published.

message 2: by Lisa (last edited Jul 19, 2010 09:40PM) (new)

Lisa Vegan Ha! I just saw your vote so I read your review. I didn't notice all the grammar; I was so engrossed in the story.

I assume you've read Catching Fire by now?!

I'm going nuts waiting for Mockingjay.

message 3: by Annalisa (new)

Annalisa Nuts! I'm counting down. I read this the summer before Catching Fire came out. I didn't have to wait as long as you. I can't imagine.

Collins is a good writer and I like everything about her writing (it's tight and clean and descriptive and engrossing) except the fragments, but I think that may have to do more with a growing trend than with her. She just uses them more than anyone else I know. As far as I'm concerned, she can do whatever she wants and I'll still eat up her stories.

message 4: by Lisa (new)

Lisa Vegan Yes, she's a wonderful storyteller!

message 5: by Aaron (new)

Aaron Adamic An excellent piece of work!

Melissa  Paranormally Romanced I enjoyed your review the book, i felt the same way with many of your comments. i really like as well how it really coould have been a darker, bloodier book and so happy the author didnt do that. she had such great character development. my only critique of the book was her style of writing it drove me crazy i had to try and ignore it the whole time. I really didnt like her first point of view in the presnt tense. i dont know why but it reads really wierd. thanks for your review, glad to know other share similar thouhgts :-)

message 7: by Annie (new)

Annie I enjoyed your review of the book. I agree with all of what you wrote. This book definitely reminded me of both Lord of the Flies as well as 1984.

message 8: by Annalisa (new)

Annalisa Thanks, Annie.

message 9: by Lisa (new)

Lisa Vegan Annalisa, I'm glad you posted over in Otis's review. I've always really liked your review also.

message 10: by Annalisa (new)

Annalisa Thanks. I've been following your comments all day.

On a side note, you might be interested in this map of Panem:

message 11: by Lisa (new)

Lisa Vegan Oh, cool. The underwater areas explain a lot to me!!!

message 12: by Annalisa (new)

Annalisa Lisa,
My review for Hunger Games is subpar to a lot of my other reviews. I just went in and vocalized some of my thoughts on the correlation to the Capitol and our society that I've been thinking about lately. There are a ton of better reviews out there than mine.

message 13: by Lisa (new)

Lisa Vegan Ditto here, Annalisa, although I do like your review. I liked this book so much it's one of those for which I couldn't write an adequate review, let alone a good one. That's true of many of my favorite books. When I see others' reviews though I do get inspired. Maybe if I reread the trilogy at some point, I will try to write a worthy review.

message 14: by Annalisa (new)

Annalisa It's so hard to write worthy reviews of books you love.

message 15: by Lisa (new)

Lisa Vegan Annalisa wrote: "It's so hard to write worthy reviews of books you love."

It is. I've been able to write a few, most of books I've read since I've joined Goodreads, but typically I can't.

message 16: by Trudie (new)

Trudie It also reminded me of sending our children to Iraq, Afghanistan, Viet fight to the death.

message 17: by Annalisa (new)

Annalisa Trudie,
And the sad thing, and maybe this is part of the comparison, is how little concern and attention it gets.

message 18: by Trudie (new)

Trudie Annalisa wrote: "Trudie,
And the sad thing, and maybe this is part of the comparison, is how little concern and attention it gets."

Yes, absolutely.

message 19: by Heeral (new)

Heeral I agree with the comparisons, we indeed are becoming more and more like the Capitol...

message 20: by Annalisa (new)

Annalisa Dixie,
Sounds interesting. I haven't heard of it. That is a very sad statistic.

message 21: by Elizabeth (last edited Dec 29, 2012 01:50AM) (new)

Elizabeth Hertzberg Excellent review. I read this book more out of curiosity than anything else in the beginning. I work in the entertainment industry and my hairdresser's young daughter (age 9) wanted to attend the premiere of the movie. I was game to try to get her a pass for it. But then I started looking up reviews on the internet and learning more about the subject matter. There was a lot of controversy surrounding these books, so decided to read The Hunger Games to see what all of the fuss was about.

Admittedly, I was hooked from the word go. I ran out to get the other two books in the series and would read them until my eyes were closing, because I couldn't put any of them down.

I understand that many people feel that there are important and valuable lessons about life and society as a whole to be learned in the story that is told and I do agree. But had I known how intense the subject matter to be, I would not have been so agreeable to try to arrange for a 9-year-old to see the movie (while her mother was perfectly fine with her seeing it).

After reading the full series, I believe that this is a true YA book, for young adults and not appropriate for anyone under 16.

message 22: by Annalisa (new)

Annalisa My daughter is 11 and I finally broke down and let her read it this year since all her friends have. Initially, I had intended 13, but even her teacher was discussing it in class. I think they understand on a simpler level--not that all the death doesn't affect them. It does. And I've secretly been happy that Catching Fire didn't start off interesting enough to captivate her because Mockingjay is hard to read. Some day I'll encourage to finish the series, but for now I'm happy to encourage her to read The Hobbit. So while the girls who think this is all about Gale vs Peeta annoy me somewhat, I'm glad the younger ones are somewhat shielded. They can revisit it at a later date and understand some of the harsher points then.

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