In the beginning I was actually pretty surprised how much this book drew me in, but although it started off really strong I thought it fizzled out inIn the beginning I was actually pretty surprised how much this book drew me in, but although it started off really strong I thought it fizzled out in the end. The first-person narrative worked well and the premise was very interesting; sort of like "The Running Man" meets "The Condemned" meets "Surviving the Game".
I liked Katniss, and the companionship between her and Rue, but I thought it was a total cop-out that Rue dies at the hands of someone else without any sort of confrontation/climax involving Rue and Katniss. After all, As much as Rue reminds Katniss of her little sister Prim, this is a fight to the death. Which leads me to my next point...
The story is way too simplistic. It didn't keep me fully engaged all the way through because it was too predictable, and every time Suzanne Collins had a chance to make the story interesting she instead took the easy way out (see previous paragraph). This is especially true with the end of the book...
The rules of the game are changed yet again. Now there can be only one winner, and here is a chance for the book to stray from the path of predictability and give us something new and interesting, but instead we have Katniss ready to die and possibly even risk the life of her beloved little sister to save a boy that she is only pretending to love, and that she believes is pretending to love her(for being so smart Katniss is super naive). Katniss makes this decision in a split second. Wouldn't it had been interesting if she agonized over it for awhile? Wouldn't it have been interesting if Peeta had been feigning love the entire time?
Wouldn't it have been much more interesting if Katniss actually had hunted down and killed at least one person in cold blood? If we actually got to read about the mind of a teenage girl dealing with the horrid realities of death and murder? If we got to read about how this girl handles guilt and shame and desperation? Which brings me to another point, I wasn't buying into how well Katniss (and the other tributes) were holding themselves together in the middle of this giant murder-fest.
I was waiting for something interesting to happen, and I kept wondering, "is this what all the fuss is about?" I felt like there were some characters (like Thresh) that I wanted to know more, and other characters (like Peeta) that I didn't want to know at all. Peeta was a waste of space in this book. I'm sorry but he was un-charismatic, un-assertive, and totally unlikable. He was an embarrassment to teenage boys everywhere. The fact that he survived to the end made the entire story unbelievable.
I'm done with this rant now, even though I could go on. I guess I have to keep in mind that I'm 34 and this book was written for teenagers. To sum it up I found this book to be extremely simplistic, but I liked the unbelievably noble-to-a-fault Katniss, and overall I was entertained. Frankly I wanted to read about Katniss killing someone, on purpose, in cold blood, but instead I got some teenage girls fantasy story... I'm keeping my fingers crossed the movie is better....more
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