I bought this book on a whim. Seeing as the movie was coming out, I figured that maybe the novel itself might be worth a try... Pleasantly surprised!I bought this book on a whim. Seeing as the movie was coming out, I figured that maybe the novel itself might be worth a try... Pleasantly surprised! I could not put this book down! Gripping storyline which, might I add, was more vulgar and violent, than I had originally pegged this book as being. I had imagined this novel as a sweet boy loves girl in forbidden romance type - Apparently, I was wrong. The character development could have been a little more detailed, but I suppose with a novel spanning only about what...1-2 months during the main story line, not much development could occur.
As a sidenote, I thought the film killed the novel. Very disappointing. It is difficult to take a novel, full of description and small details and transform it into a 2hr movie - maybe it would have been better off staying in print....more
What a riot! I laughed, and cried, as I read this book. Gut wrenching at times, but at other times I just can't stop smiling and reading on. What a grWhat a riot! I laughed, and cried, as I read this book. Gut wrenching at times, but at other times I just can't stop smiling and reading on. What a great story, especially since it is written by the point of view of various individuals - with various accents and mannerisms. Really makes to take a step back and look at things in your own life, wonder how much harder it would be if you didn't have any help. Or, how much easier it would be if you did. You can't take things for granted, because you may not know how it could affect you if it's suddenly gone!
The only downside to this novel, is that I felt it read slowly. I always felt as though more could be put into the story to fill in - such as character descriptions, or the story could have been shortened. Only a minor detail, from a minor critic - but I enjoyed the story nonetheless....more
HILARIOUS!!! Who knew cooking could be so entertaining! This novel is fabulous! I laughed out loud so many times, people around me would always stare.HILARIOUS!!! Who knew cooking could be so entertaining! This novel is fabulous! I laughed out loud so many times, people around me would always stare. This is a feel good book, one where you are so happy you picked it up - and one where you can't wait to tell others about.
Once I read this, I actually gave it away to a complete stranger who asked me about it while I was on the final pages. I think I made her day. Why not pass on the good things in life?...more
Ok... holy crap! This was one of those, "you should read this, it's very good" novels that I don't normally read. I am generally not a fan of fiction tOk... holy crap! This was one of those, "you should read this, it's very good" novels that I don't normally read. I am generally not a fan of fiction that is as far fetched at this. But I am not sorry I read this series. It is three books that kept me up at night. I thought about them. Fell in love with them.
I would suggest this to ANYONE who enjoys reading. I'd suggest this to anyone who doesn't enjoy reading!
A very well formulated story line keeps the reader wanting more!
Even at the end of the third novel, I wanted more. I wanted to know how the remaining characters lived their lives. I found myself wanting to know about their well-being as if they were real people.
Great job Suzanne Collins - this is a series that will be timeless, my kids will read this when they are older - and I'm sure I'll read it to my grand children if I ever get the chance. Thank you for a wonderful read. ...more
I don't normally read novels, "just because all the cool kids are doing it" - but this one I felt I had to. So many people said they loved it, I wanteI don't normally read novels, "just because all the cool kids are doing it" - but this one I felt I had to. So many people said they loved it, I wanted to know what all the fuss was about.
I am very much glad I did!
Now, this isn't a novel I could read time and time again, but it was terribly hard to put down the first time through! I loved the character development, as well as the awesome fantasy aspect. I'm trying to start to get into fantasy novels - not so much the vampire and werewolf type stuff that everyone seems to be in love with - but the post apocalyptic, beautiful mind, matrix type of novels that will do a number on my mind.
Ok, back to this series. I love how all the little mysteries and plot twists unfold. Maybe others saw what was coming when it did - but I didn't until the very last minute. The whole idea of being only one kind of person, with only certain goals was a very intriguing idea - and I was very glad that everyone seemed to rebel in their own ways against the 'powers that be'.
All in all, a wonderful read I would recommend to any one BEFORE watching the now GIGANTIC film. I have yet to watch the movie, and it'll probably take me years to take the time to sit and watch....more