**spoiler alert** This book was an "okay" read. It did leave me wanting for more. It did kind of leave me at the edge of my seat. Yes, I do see this a...more**spoiler alert** This book was an "okay" read. It did leave me wanting for more. It did kind of leave me at the edge of my seat. Yes, I do see this as something in the 'suspense' genre and I think that it was a good move for Collins to make her book in such a manner. For if she didn't, then it would just be a bore.
Each character was portrayed quite well; well enough that it does draw a picture of those certain characters. One character I didn't like was, ironically, Katniss. I'm not sure if Collins wanted me to hate Katniss' ignorance of other people's thoughts (especially towards Peeta) or maybe it was the fact that she has trust issues that developed from her mother's absence from the family. Either way, intentional or not, I did not like Katniss. There were some parts that Katniss made me wow in amazement. Although, those characteristics that impressed me were her hunter side. Peeta was my most favourite, because he was quite the opposite of Katniss. If only he had that hunter aspect as well. Well, probably Gale would be a perfect fit (I haven't read the next two books). All the other "side characters" were just fine.
I have no qualms about the setting. Everything was explained in a more-or-less clear manner. I could picture District 12, but it Collins didn't help me out so much with explaining it thoroughly. I had to use my stock knowledge of coal mines and small towns that had coal mines. At the end, I imagined an old western town back in the 'gold rush' days in the USA. (I shall explain what I meant by "Collins didn't help me out so much with explaining it thoroughly" shortly)
The theme that Collins wanted to bring out to the audience.. I wasn't quite sure what it was. You must correct me if I am wrong, but I saw "no one commands you" as the theme. With so many books and ideas today, I can't blame Collins for not coming up an original. It's impossible in fact. Her take on it is definitely memorable, well, memorable to this generation of readers at least.
If I'm not mistaken, Collins used very little symbolism in story, and if there were, then I would easily detected it and deciphered it. I'm sorry, but Collins is no James Joyce when it comes to symbolism (read Araby when you have the time Araby ).
I love the conflict in this book, and I don't mean the straight up conflict brought to us by the 74th Annual Hunger Games. The conflict of Katniss and possibly every character in the story and herself has made shown me how colourful a person she could be. The best conflict for me however was--you guessed it--her emotional stirrings directed towards Peeta and Gale.
The point-of-view was perfect. Collins made sure that we got a first hand experience and not some person narrating to us what happens to our beloved heroine. Immersing us in the story is one of the first thing an author needs to consider when s/he wants to makes an impression, especially something as strong as politics. Which leaves us to my last bit...
The plot of the Hunger Games was definitely something. It's not an original idea (I'm not comparing this book to Battle Royale), it is in fact a revised idea of old Rome and its glorious gladiator fights. The emperor takes these slaves and lets them battle it out to the death, and the victor gains his freedom and possibly even more. The emperor reminds everyone that they are under his rule, through these fights. The slaves certainly know it.
Let's go to the writing style of Collins. I honestly found some parts of the book to be so predictable. Peeta's attitude in the Hunger Games were definitely predictable and it infuriated me that Katniss couldn't see it. Probably one of the author's strategy to make me attached to them. I knew that Katniss was going to volunteer as Tribute because it would be strange if the narration just permanently switched to Prim for the next 20 or so chapters, and add to the fact that this is a trilogy. All the trilogies that I know of have only one main character and narrator (read My Father's Notebook: A Novel of Iran it has multiple narrations but one main character, well most parts of it anyway). I knew that one of the good characters had to die, I was expecting Peeta and Rue to die, but I didn't foresee the Gamemaker's change of rule to have two winning tributes. Anyway. I want to tackle her writing style. Her writing style has a lack of adjectives. I believe that a really good author can paint a picture with of words. If the author can paint a picture to the reader without the reader having to use an ounce of his/her imagination, then the author has become the ultimate spoon feeder.(less)
First book that I read to have had a huge amount of invented words hahaha! Good for the imagination and good for kids who are starting to get the hang...moreFirst book that I read to have had a huge amount of invented words hahaha! Good for the imagination and good for kids who are starting to get the hang of reading.(less)
**spoiler alert** I loved this book. I love the photographs that tell the eerie story. I know that pictures in a book seem a bit childish, but these p...more**spoiler alert** I loved this book. I love the photographs that tell the eerie story. I know that pictures in a book seem a bit childish, but these photographs are from real people that took pictures of real people. That just makes it infinitely creepier.
The story of the boy's adventure seemed to be okay. Although, I think some parts could have been expounded a bit more. The book is roughly around 300+ pages without the pictures and gaps, but it felt small.
1. Intro 2. Boy's problem 3. The Travel 4. The Finding 5. The Children 6. Paradise 7. Conflict 8. Climax 9. Actual plot 10. End
These ten points are how the story basically flows, but it all revolves around the Peculiars and Jacob. To read 350 pages worth of just these two things makes the novel seem a bit small. Compared to The Alchemist by Coelho, that has numerous smaller stories about the boy's journey. That's what I liked about The Alchemist; it had smaller stories that intertwined with each other and the story still progressed forward.
Riggs only concentrated on one plot and didn't build on any other stories that could be formed within the book. A lot of stories could have been expounded, like how Jacob met his best friend or how Jacob's life was before his grandfather was killed, just to name a few.
It just seemed too straight forward with the story. Riggs didn't let me feel the simmer of the story. He didn't let it marinate. I do think that this might be part of a series of books, but that doesn't mean that the smaller stories could be left to the other books just so Riggs could say he made a series.
Other than that, I do think it's an interesting read.(less)