Twelve-year-old Florence narrates this story in her own idiosyncratic speech, gleaned from days spent surreptitiously in the library in the vast emptyTwelve-year-old Florence narrates this story in her own idiosyncratic speech, gleaned from days spent surreptitiously in the library in the vast empty house she and her brother live in. Florence's voice is my favourite thing in the book, and makes it a joy to read: phrases like 'She insincered me a smile', 'I nervoused a sip of coffee', 'A flourish like a magician dehatting a rabbit'.
I cannot describe the story without spoiling it, but all is not as it seems; who is the new governess? Are strange supernatural events happening, or is there another explanation? What is going on? You will have to read it to find out....more
The Hunger Games is as compelling as I'd heard; I finished it in two evenings, in spite of not being a young adult and it being written in the presentThe Hunger Games is as compelling as I'd heard; I finished it in two evenings, in spite of not being a young adult and it being written in the present tense which I find tiresome. It's the story that kept me turning the pages; the writing is plain and clear enough not to distract. I wanted to find out what happened, and this should not be undervalued in a novel. It's the most important quality a novel needs.
That said, I felt some of the characters were a bit blurry; I've no idea what Cinna's personality is, beyond being pleasant and creative, and not much about Effie or Hayritch either. Katniss is an appealing heroine, though she's curiously slow to realize what Peeta's true feelings are. I didn't believe she wouldn't have instantly known who had nibbled the cheese, and her slowness there isn't necessary for the story. While there is a lot about hunger pangs and injuries, I felt some of the physical sensations were under-imagined, even ducked out of. You don't find out how the all-seeing cameras operate - where are they, if they are hovering about wouldn't Katniss see them? And the hard part about climbing a tree is reaching the first branches, often ten feet from the ground.
I may add to this review once my daughter (21) has read the book, as she's nearer the intended reader age.