Sometimes I think the beauty of books is they are rarely what you expect them to be. You might have heard, you might have thought, but nothing prepare...moreSometimes I think the beauty of books is they are rarely what you expect them to be. You might have heard, you might have thought, but nothing prepares you for opening the first page of a book, reading the first line, and forever entangling yourself with the characters lurking within the binding.
I read a couple of reviews about Mockingjay before I started this one. Many of the disappointments come with not wanting to hear about Katniss' miserable life and all the complaining she does. It's an accusation I've heard leveled at a couple of books in the Harry Potter series. I have attempted to dispel this belief, because I genuinely believe people miss the beauty of the struggle.
In the first two books of The Hunger Games, Katniss is put through large amounts of stress, both physical and mental. How could it not boil over into her left an empty husk? How could it not irrevocably damage her? To me, the beauty of Mockingjay was in how real the story actually was. Sure, Collins could have glazed over the anguish of Katniss and been free of blame. I'm sure everyone has had a friend that drones on and on about the same miserable topic just praying for it to end. But, as Collins had set out in the first two novels to not deprive the reader of any private thoughts in Katniss' head, why should she suddenly become reserved in the last book -- when it matters most?
I thought the book was well written, if not slightly slow in the beginning. It was the best in the series. It showed Katniss for what she truly is, a fumbling, misguided kid that was thrown into something she could have no way of comprehending.
Having seen the movie before reading the book, I still managed to find it suspenseful and meaningful. Suzanne Collins has a knack for weeding out what...moreHaving seen the movie before reading the book, I still managed to find it suspenseful and meaningful. Suzanne Collins has a knack for weeding out what is unimportant, and leaving in what's needed. Especially when it comes to the inner workings of Katniss' mind. It would be very easy to fall into the trap of over-description. Luckily, this book doesn't have that pitfall. It's delightfully short, to the point, and has a lasting impact. I would definitely suggest people read this. Young adults, to get an idea of how the world is [starving and pain don't just happen in the arena!] and adults, to remind everyone what's at stake if for one second we let down our guard. Also, because it's a rather light and fun read.(less)
I was skeptical about The Hunger Games. One, as an adult, I tend to only read teen fiction for my job as a tutor. Two, most books that get such a huge...moreI was skeptical about The Hunger Games. One, as an adult, I tend to only read teen fiction for my job as a tutor. Two, most books that get such a huge fan base overnight are lame attempts at books which lack substance or interest (ex. Twilight). After finishing a particularly boring book and watching the movie on Netflix, I decided to pick up the books as a distraction. I was pleasantly surprised. The Hunger Games is easy to read, without losing subtlety, and entertaining without becoming redundant. While the idea of humans pitted against one another in the arena is not new, Collins presents the story in a refreshing and yet familiar way. Her decision to write in first person brings the reader into the story, gets the reader to feel the torment of emotions Katniss feels, and the unbearable pressure of being in the spot light that I'm sure even the most dedicated extrovert can relate to. The idea of calculating emotions, thoughts, minute body movements, and knowing one is never far from the all seeing eye and the charade of performance was brought out in Katniss that makes her likable, strong, and someone to root for. I'm so happy to see more books being written about females that don't feel the need to gush about boys or land a mate. Women are strong and I am so happy young girls have better role models than Snow White and Cinderella. Or, even worse, Juliette.(less)
The book was overall good. It demonstrated the importance of frames, metaphors and language in modern political thought along with the need for "New E...moreThe book was overall good. It demonstrated the importance of frames, metaphors and language in modern political thought along with the need for "New Enlightenment" thinking. The book was, however, repetitive. Lakoff presses the need for a new way of thinking and how it applies to a progressive America which, while important, makes parts of the book seem like a PSA for liberalism. When his ideas become more complex the repetitiveness of Lakoff's message makes it easier to understand so it all works out.
This book is definitely for anyone who wonders why conservatism in America has been growing despite the popularity of progressive ideals.(less)