First I need to say that maybe if hadn't read Battle Royale first then maybe I would have loved this book more. But unfortunately...more**Contains Spoilers**
First I need to say that maybe if hadn't read Battle Royale first then maybe I would have loved this book more. But unfortunately for The Hunger Games I've read Battle Royale first and loved it to death! So when I was reading The Hunger Games I just couldn't hold myself back from comparing it with the above mentioned book. I know that these two books are different in their style and the way of narration but because of their theme you just can't not to compare them.
There were more things in this book that I disliked than those ones that I liked. First, it's Katniss. She is strong, decisive and firm, but when it comes to her relationships with guys it just can't get worse! When she was debating in her head on the topic of Peeta saving her once, twice, thrice and she was always like "Why, why he saved me??!!! Oh, he wants me dead, he so wants me dead but he keeps saving me. WHY??!!" "He pretends so well to be in love with me, then he does-something-that-I-consider-strange-or-dangerous-for-me and then he saves my life! I can't decypher his actions!!!" Even before the Games, when he had helped her and after he had confessed his feelings for her, she repeatedly questioned his motives. Katniss! If he wanted you dead you would be dead! And not saved by him!!!!And the fact that until the very end of the book she was sure that he was just pretending...pfff..are you really that blind??!! And my favorite part of her not knowing which one of the boys would be blessed with her love attention just made me laugh, though it irritated me greatly as well! Decide on the spot! Don't run from one to another and back! Though I'm almost sure this will be exactly the case with her and her boys in the next books.
Then there are these Games themselves. They are broadcast, right, but...all that preparation (that actually occupied one of the biggest parts of the book!) and..hair removal??!!Really??!! It just gave me an impression that Katniss looked like a monkey before coming to the Capitol and to make her presentable enough they just had to do it! I understand it that it was made for the interviews and to present the players as best as it could be done, but..why going to such lengths if the players are going to end up dirty and totally spent during the process anyway? For the biggest effect of "before-in the process-after"?? And this preparation lasted for so long because it helped spectators to know their "movie stars" better?? Wouldn't it have been more engaging if they had been just thrown into the Arena and left there for a bigger interval of time? Then there would have been real affections, alliances, emotions, and etc. The way is was done in the book, this whole thing was waaay too staged. The reader (and even the audience) couldn't enjoy the purity of hatred and the hunger to survive because everything was prepared and worked through before the Games! Nothing new throughout the Games! Predictable emotions, predictable alliances, predictable winners...
Then there was cannon fodder (read - all the characters except for Katniss and Peeta). One or two of them stayed registered in my brain but others..And there were 22 of them. They were a great background on which the relationship between the main two characters was developing. Nothing more. I had a great pity for them, because I just couldn't understand why the author had to kill 22 men just to show two other persons in a better light?!
And the question of food. Ok, the book's title is The Hunger Games, but I thought "Hunger" here was related to something other than just FOOD! Looks like no. So much attention was devoted to food description (esp in the Capitol) that I constantly found myself at a loss - what am I reading?! A cookbook??!! Why then the main characters talk?!
And here goes a Battle Royale spoiler: (view spoiler)[And I laughed so hard when the last opponent appeared to be wearing a body armour! It soo reminded me of Battle Royale! But - it's addressed to the author - if you take the same idea just don't use the same tricks in the same places! (hide spoiler)]
I may be too harsh on this book, because it isn't actually that bad. It has some unpredictable twists and some interesting scenes, but if you want to read about pure emotions and not staged ones, I'd recommend Battle Royale. That's where the stakes really go high! ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
So for me the story ends with the end of the translation. It's really sad, because Kirie's story finally became interesting and Riki came back to Iaso...moreSo for me the story ends with the end of the translation. It's really sad, because Kirie's story finally became interesting and Riki came back to Iason. So many mysteries are still uncovered and so many things left unsaid :( I just wish I could speak Japanese.(less)
Lots of beating and not much of interaction between the characters in this volume. I still liked it, but more because of it being a part of the whole...moreLots of beating and not much of interaction between the characters in this volume. I still liked it, but more because of it being a part of the whole story than an independent story.(less)
I can't probably tell you anything about this book that you don't already know. So just a few words describing how I felt. This book is undoubtedly a d...moreI can't probably tell you anything about this book that you don't already know. So just a few words describing how I felt. This book is undoubtedly a dystopian masterpiece! Everything about this books is great: the style, the plot, the characters, the ideas. It is a frightening book, horrible in its realistic way of telling about the events that you can actually relate to. When you read it you think to yourself something like: Oh, that's exactly what we experience now!
This is a book for all times! It can't die, because as long as we leave and as long as we have such governments that we have now, it will be alive and it will breath with the full force of freedom that can't actually be reached..(less)
I was pretty much interested in Katze's story in the previous volume, but his current affairs (especially those that don't concern the main characters...moreI was pretty much interested in Katze's story in the previous volume, but his current affairs (especially those that don't concern the main characters directly) described in this volume didn't seem that much compelling. Detailed descriptions of Katze's and Kirie's doings in this volume just didn't rub me the right way. (less)
An engaging continuation of a great story. I was very intrigued to have a glimpse at those three years that Riki spent as Iason's pet. The translation...moreAn engaging continuation of a great story. I was very intrigued to have a glimpse at those three years that Riki spent as Iason's pet. The translation still leaves much to be desired, but it can't spoil my pleasure. And I really don't remember whether it was mentioned in the anime or not that Iason was an android! Omg!(less)
It's getting better and better! This volume deals with the story of Riki and Iason's first encounter, their first feelings towards each other, their th...moreIt's getting better and better! This volume deals with the story of Riki and Iason's first encounter, their first feelings towards each other, their thoughts.. Then it tells about Riki's childhood. I didn't expect that, but it really makes the whole story more complete. Introducing new characters and new events, this volume makes you forget about the anime (at least it happened to me) and you begin to take this whole story as something new, something that has a unique life of its own.(less)
No words could ever express my feelings towards this book. I'm more than just biased here as Ai No Kusabi was my first yaoi anime and so after watching...moreNo words could ever express my feelings towards this book. I'm more than just biased here as Ai No Kusabi was my first yaoi anime and so after watching this anime I plunged into the world of BL manga and anime. Iason and Riki are still my all time favorite characters. They are charismatic, strong, beautiful and just drop dead gorgeous (especially Iason *sighs*). The development of their relationship makes you sit on the edge of your chair and keep your fingers crossed for them, because you just can't not fall for them and be distressed for them. The intensity of the anime (and I hope that that's the same with the book) is just overwhelming! Though in a good way.
And one more thing I wanted to say. It's not about the main characters, but it's about one character that is always present throughout all books in this series. It's a world. The world of the planet Amoi, its cities, communities in those cities and life of those communities. The distopian world, created by Reiko Yoshihara, is a very interesting and very well worked through place. I was really glad, that this first volume contained much information on the structure of this world, because in the anime we had only a glimpse of what this world actually was - only the pictures of it with some bits of facts. I liked it that this book is devoted more to the description of the setting, than to the relationship between Iason and Riki, because it's rather crucial to get an insight into the world where the story is taking place to understand the relationship better.
Now I'm looking forward to reading other volumes! (less)