When I finished the book: This is not a real "fun" or "cheerful" read, but I think it's the perfect ending to the trilogy. I take it all back about CoWhen I finished the book: This is not a real "fun" or "cheerful" read, but I think it's the perfect ending to the trilogy. I take it all back about Collins not being great at endings! Love the cover, too! Can't wait to read the whole trilogy again, with my younger son, when he's ready. Now that it's over, a tattoo is definitely in order, as a tribute to how much I love these books.
2011: My younger son and I read these together, all 3 fairly quickly. The ending of this one was a very tearful re-read. I could barely make it through one of the chapters because I was crying so much as I tried to read. I asked Leo if he wanted me to stop, and he preferred that I just keep trying to read while crying. :)
Here's what I wrote while I was waiting:
Can't wait!!!!! (Dec 2009) Just announced yesterday...
I could probably start my 2010favorites shelf now and put this on it, but I'll control myself. :)
It has a title now (2/11/10)! Yay! Love it!...more
I LOVE THIS BOOK! I've said to a few people that if I wasn't married, I'd have to marry this book. :) I read the 400 page ARC in a less-than-24-hour tI LOVE THIS BOOK! I've said to a few people that if I wasn't married, I'd have to marry this book. :) I read the 400 page ARC in a less-than-24-hour time period (so quickly that it was never even on my "currently reading" shelf), which I've only done before with HP books, and I've just officially put the first book on my 2008 favorites shelf. I feel pretty safe in saying that if this isn't still my favorite book of the year when next January rolls around, that I'll eat a hat. As soon as I finished reading it, I turned around and read it a 2nd time, which I've never done before in my life. I loved all of Collins' GREGOR books, and think she's a wonderful writer, but she's ratcheted it up to another level with this one. Even though it's the first in a trilogy, this one definitely stands alone, and I'm not sure how she can keep it up for another 2 books, but I suppose it's possible (think: THE GIVER, although I loved GATHERING BLUE, and liked THE MESSENGER--HUNGER GAMES is much more brutal than THE GIVER, though). It's got some very meaty issues to chew on, not the least of which is reality TV taken to extremes. There's a chaste and unresolved romance (think: TWILIGHT, but I don't think I will make it past the first in that series--HUNGER GAMES has much more action, more of a plot, lots of well-developed secondary characters, as well as extremely likeable main characters. I will miss Katniss until I can read about her again.). What more could you possibly ask for out of a book? It doesn't actually come out until October 2008, but if you can get your hands on an ARC, definitely do! I think that the violence in this will be easier for kids to take, since they probably won't see it quite as clearly as an adult will. None of it is particularly graphic, but it is definitely brutal. This is on the edge of too dark for me, which is my favorite kind of book. There aren't many writers who can push it right to the edge for me without going over (Zusak comes to mind immediately), but Collins is definitely one of them. Another book that I loved, and think of to compare this to is HOUSE OF THE SCORPION, but that fell apart slightly at the end for me. HUNGER GAMES didn't lack anything at all for me. OK, I'll stop gushing. I may have to re-write this review when I get some perspective. (2012: Obviously, I never did rewrite it, and this is my most-"liked" review :)
My 10 1/2 yr old son asked to read this with me, so I read it for the 3rd time with him in Oct 2008. Still my definite favorite book of the year, but all the typos in the finished book were pretty disappointing. Still, it's my choice for just about any award out there, come January, including the JHUNT.
Update May 2009: I am dying because the CATCHING FIRE ARC has just been released, and people are saying it's at least as good at HG. I've had 2 teenaged boys at my library read this on my recommendation, and both of them came back asking me for more books like it (really there isn't anything). One of them has pre-ordered CATCHING FIRE on Amazon.
May-June 2011: I'm reading this for the 4th time, with my younger son, who's finishing up 5th grade. Still as good as ever!! Can't wait for the movie!!
Update 2012: Between them, HG and CATCHING FIRE were the pinnacle of my 20-yr career as a YA librarian! I've seen the movie twice so far, and definitely liked it better the 2nd time, when it didn't have to try to be my favorite book. :)
4 1/2 stars. This book had me laughing all the way through! I know the humor doesn't work for everybody, but it sure did for me. I enjoyed this more t4 1/2 stars. This book had me laughing all the way through! I know the humor doesn't work for everybody, but it sure did for me. I enjoyed this more than LOOKING FOR ALASKA (Green's first book), but I remember less about the characters and plot of KATHERINES (which I've read more recently). I'm a big fan of John and his brother Hank's video blog . Both brothers are very funny, and John has recently (Sept 2007) posted a preview for his next book, PAPER TOWNS, which won't be out until Fall 2008.
Re-reading with Leo, March 2013. We finished it in April, and enjoyed the whole thing together (except that he had no interest in the appendix about the math in the book). He went on to start THE FAULT IN OUR STARS right away....more