A beautiful, gripping book. So many people have commented on this classic, I feel that I can say nothing more meaningful than that this book is dear t...moreA beautiful, gripping book. So many people have commented on this classic, I feel that I can say nothing more meaningful than that this book is dear to my heart, and that if you remember reading it in school, then read it again.
This book, as wonderful as it is, definitely falls into the category of books that I enjoyed reading, but don't really intend to pick up again. I can...moreThis book, as wonderful as it is, definitely falls into the category of books that I enjoyed reading, but don't really intend to pick up again. I can see why it is a classic (effective narrative, great symbolism, relatively fast-moving story, etc...), and I would recommend it to anyone, but it isn't something that I could go back and read more than once or twice. (less)
I can't think when I've enjoyed a fantasy so thoroughly. Sophie is just my type of heroine, and I find myself frequently thinking up wonderful stories...moreI can't think when I've enjoyed a fantasy so thoroughly. Sophie is just my type of heroine, and I find myself frequently thinking up wonderful stories to go along with these characters and their worlds. This is definitely a book I will revisit and keep for my kids.(less)
**spoiler alert** I'm not really sure what it was about this book that hooked me. I think that, at first, I wanted to know what the Hunger Games reall...more**spoiler alert** I'm not really sure what it was about this book that hooked me. I think that, at first, I wanted to know what the Hunger Games really were. The author has a way of telling you things that intrigue you, but explaining them a few chapters later, so that you'll keep reading. But unlike many other writers, she manages to pull off this trick without making the reader feel like they're being played with. The second thing that really pulled me in was Katniss herself. I love the fact that she isn't this bad-ass feminazi, but she is strong. She is interesting, she thinks about things that matter, and she is motivated. The supporting characters aren't too shabby either, what with Peeta being one of the most interesting (and yes, adorable) characters in YA lit that I've read in a long time. I think my only complaint about the book is not really a complaint at all. I wish there had been more of a show of chivalry in Katniss' actions. I understand that this is dystopian lit, so I shouldn't expect too much of the characters in that regard, but I did cringe when Katniss killed Cato to put him out of his misery. Mercy killing doesn't sit well with me. ( On the other hand, both Katniss and Peeta did most of their killing in self-defense, and I do realize that without the brutality of the games, there wouldn't be much of a story. ) I know some readers thought that the end didn't resolve the book they way they would have wanted. They wanted the end to somehow fix the problems of brutality and totalitarianism that the main characters are facing. But that is impossible. It is impossible to accomplish that in one book. In my opinion, the end is perfect, because it promises to give the reader the rebellion that they so want. It would be inhuman to read this story and not wish for the Capitol to be obliterated. All throughout the book I was waiting for Katniss to wake up and start waging war against the government for all that it had done to her and the people around her. But in real life it takes a much longer time for people to get up enough courage to fight the system they have been used to all their lives - even a system that is demonic, like one that makes young children fight to the death, or one that disregards the elderly or the unborn. Katniss does eventually "wake up", and her realization that the Hunger Games are just beginning promises a greater conflict - not that of life vs. death, but of good vs. evil. So before you write this book off for not ending like a fairy-tale, complete with moral, remember that the end of the first book is really the beginning of the story. The real Hunger Games have just begun.(less)