This book is an interesting mixture of darkness and innocence. A story about kids killing each other for the entertainment of a nation has got to be oThis book is an interesting mixture of darkness and innocence. A story about kids killing each other for the entertainment of a nation has got to be one of the darkest things I've ever encountered, but somehow Suzanne Collins makes it work.
One reason it doesn't repulse me is because of Katniss, who only ever kills to survive and is against everything the Hunger Games stand for from the beginning of the book. The spirit of rebellion against such a perverted sense of entertainment pervades much of the book and is another of the things that makes reading it bearable. I also appreciate the fact that this book is almost a warning of things to come if humans don't reign in their desire to be entertained (e.g. reverting to Roman times and the gluttony for entertainment there).
I can't wait to read the next two books and find out whether or not Katniss and Peeter defeat the evil Capitol and end the games. Which is a prediction based on the premise of the book (if it's going to be a moral ending, that is) and is not necessarily what happens... ...more
This book started off really well with an interesting character who had the potential to become more and more interesting as he became more confidentThis book started off really well with an interesting character who had the potential to become more and more interesting as he became more confident in himself, but I found that the story moved rather slowly. Altogether too much time was spent in captivity (although I could see that his time spent as a slave was developing his character) and I could NOT see why Gen refused to be friends with Sophos for ages! Why?! Obviously some plan to get him to be friends with the Medes, when that's bad for everyone?! Another problem was with the ten billion endings to the book. As soon as one problem is fixed, another one magically materialises and Sophos has to go off and fix it. Gosh. Also, I didn't understand WHY there were great sections of the books addressed to Eddis from Sophos's point of view. Is the book supposed to be a letter from him to her? If so, why are only some sections addressed to her and not all? Confusing.
On a positive note, I liked the romance between Eddis and Sophos and thought that Sophos's character developed and matured very nicely. ...more
I loved this book. It was obviously extremely well researched and thought out, which I appreciate, but it's also an amazing read and exceedingly wellI loved this book. It was obviously extremely well researched and thought out, which I appreciate, but it's also an amazing read and exceedingly well written. I loved all the descriptions of the desolate and slightly evil but, at the same time, beautiful landscape and the savage wildness of it all. I also liked the way the characters were drawn with such care and thoroughness - that I could find something to like or could at least understand the actions of ALL the characters (even the evil ones) is a fantastic illustration of good characterisation. Oh, and the love story was particularly heart wrenching... I could see what was going to happen, but there were some moments there where it didn't seem to be running very smoothly and, as we all know, unpredictability adds interest. ...more