Loved it. Yes the writing may not be top notch, but the story is timeless. Let's be honest ladies, who wouldn't want a sexy vamp falling head over hee...moreLoved it. Yes the writing may not be top notch, but the story is timeless. Let's be honest ladies, who wouldn't want a sexy vamp falling head over heels for us. Seriously though, I enjoyed this, it was a quick read with an action packed ending. I'm glad my friend bought me New Moon along with this one so that I could continue. (less)
This was a good conclusion to the series, however I was disappointed with Bella's character after she becomes a vamp. I would think she would retain s...moreThis was a good conclusion to the series, however I was disappointed with Bella's character after she becomes a vamp. I would think she would retain some of her former self rather than becoming some stone cold sex fiend. Too bad, this could have been so much better. (less)
I read The Hunger Games two years ago and have read it many more times since. It is the only book I can truly say I will never get tired of and by far, my favorite book ever. I've recommended this to fellow readers countless times and I'm going to do the same again now. Read this book. Now. Read it before you see the movie, which inevitably will change key elements in order to save on time and keep the rating PG-13. Now, if you've just read this last part and are wondering if this book is appropriate for your kids, I would say The Hunger Games is safe for your older teens to read. If your child under 15 wants to read it, I suggest reading it yourself and then formulating your opinion, and here's why.
The Hunger Games is set in the post-apocalyptic ruins of what used to be North America. In this dystopian future, the continent is split up into twelve districts, all controlled by the tyrannical Capitol. Each year, in order to display the Capitol's power, one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and thirteen are chosen from each district to participate in the Hunger Games on live television. The winner of the Hunger Games, and there can only be one, will be set for life! Vast wealth, fame, and an opulent home in their district's champion's circle are the prizes and all they have to do is be the last one standing. Yes, this is a fight to the death. A survival of the fittest and if one of their fellow tributes doesn't kill them, there is a good possibility they will die of starvation, dehydration, or exposure. Happy Hunger Games everyone, and may the odds be ever in your favor.
So, right now you're probably thinking, "That's terrible! How barbaric! Why would I want to read this?" Well dear reader, because it is exciting. The action is engrossing and the deep emotional pull you will feel while reading not only draws you closer to the characters, but also makes you consider the themes on a deeper level. Sure, it's a disturbing concept, however much of popular literature and film are based around the concepts of overcoming disturbing situations and hardships. Think Gladiator, Independence Day, and The Dark Knight. These situations make us band together as humans in a fight for our most basic rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. I dare you to look over the reading for any high school English class and find one book or play that doesn't include disturbingly cathartic themes. Romeo and Juliet, Lord of the Flies, The Odyssey, Julius Caesar, Hamlet, and Animal Farm all of these books are being read across the nation by our teenagers and all have arguably more disturbing concepts than The Hunger Games. So I challenge you dear reader to open up your mind to something that is so much more than much of today's brand of superficial young adult literature. This book will force you to think, to grieve, to love, to pity, and to cry out in triumph for humanity.
Update Pre-Movie Release
The gargantuan fan base of the Hunger Games trilogy has been waiting a long time for this! We are finally getting a movie! This series was made to be a movie with its action and palpable characters. We can only hope that director Gary Ross will do the gritty tone of the book justice. So far, we have a teaser trailer, released at the VMAs on August 28th, 2011 a great cast, and the release date!
Hunger Games the movie premieres March 23, 2012.
Jennifer Lawrence will play our leading lady Katniss Everdeen. I was a bit worried about this at first as we are so used to seeing Jennifer blonde and fair skinned, but I think they did a nice job with darkening her hair and bronzing up her skin. We are sure to get an amazing performance from her based off her shining achievements with Winter's Bone and X-Men First Class.
Josh Hutcherson will play Peeta Mellark Katniss' fellow District 12 tribute. Not too sure about this Peeta. Sure, he's cute, but as a fan of the books, he's just not enough of the golden boy Peeta is portrayed as. I was thinking someone more like Alex Pettyfer. All I can say is I challenge Josh to make me see Peeta through his talent!
Liam Hemsworth will portray Gale Hawthrone Katniss' best friend. Now this is some good casting! Not only does he have the look, but that boy can take me hunting any time!
Only a few more weeks until the movie's release and I just can't wait! I have great hopes that the movie will be true to the book and it won't be the absolute disaster that the movie adaptation of The Lightning Thief turned out to be. (less)