This was a well done book. I downloaded it at like 9pm on a Tuesday and finished it in 25 hours with sleep and work mixed in. Yeah it was that good. UThis was a well done book. I downloaded it at like 9pm on a Tuesday and finished it in 25 hours with sleep and work mixed in. Yeah it was that good. Unpredictable suspense, descriptive writing without being Tolkien-esque, and just a generally well-crafted and well-written story with characters you actually care about. Looking forward to tearing through #2 and #3 over the next few days.
I saw that the movie based on this book is coming out March 23, 2012. This would be such an easy movie to do incredibly well with the right budget. I saw the sneak peek and it doesn't show much. What worries me to this point is a March 23rd release. Mega-hits, like this could be, are saved for the summer (think Harry Potter), much like Oscar-worthy movies are generally saved for December (think King's Speech). The release date leads me to believe they botched this movie, but who knows until more trailers and the actual movie comes out. I do know that this book was written in a way that you could make an amazingly good and profitable movie out of it. ...more
Surprise surprise I tore through this one even faster. It was just as good as the last one with a nice twist in the middle. Of course the endings striSurprise surprise I tore through this one even faster. It was just as good as the last one with a nice twist in the middle. Of course the endings strike me as different between the two. Without really spoiling anything the end to Hunger Games made the book able to stand on its own, while the end of this one was deliberately made to make you salivate for book #3. I wonder if she really was going to write three books.
Even though the book followed some very similar themes from the first one, it felt like a completely different story. I would say more, but once you read the two you'll understand the key differences in the books. I definitely liked it a lot. If she never intended to write three books, she did well cashing in on the popularity of the first one without sacrificing any quality. Good work. Book 3, however. ...more
What...the...hell. When did Suzanne Collins turn into Stephenie Meyer? Why does this book remind me so much of the Twilight series? Don't read on if yWhat...the...hell. When did Suzanne Collins turn into Stephenie Meyer? Why does this book remind me so much of the Twilight series? Don't read on if you haven't read it yet because I am about to rant about a few plot points.
Katniss turns into Bella. No joke. Bella from the second book, whichever that one was. I only saw the movie but I can imagine it's not much different from the book. All Bella does is sulk around acting emo as shit. Welcome to the new Katniss. Apparently the trauma of not one but two Hunger Games turns her into a emotional wreck who can't get out of her own way. Forget the fact that she grew up in abject poverty, raised her family from age 11, lost a parent, volunteered for the first Games to save her sister, survived better than Bear Grylls, and managed to juggle to wannabe boyfriends. No, she can't tap on any of that inner strength we saw in the first two books. She's a whiny emo wreck. THE ENTIRE BOOK. Even the end she's an emo wreck. Look, I understand Twilight is popular (for WHATEVER reason) but please don't alter your character to reflect the emo bullshit of the main character ensnared in a vicious love triangle from that series. Thanks.
Beyond that my other major complaint is the less than subtle messages this book takes on. I enjoyed the more subtle messages from the first two books, how Panem was formed, what the Hunger Games represent, the subjugation of the districts themselves, the importance of family, even the ability to survive without money. These all made statements in one way or another that didn't slap you in the face with them. Oh no, not this book. Apparently this book felt it's readers couldn't handle subtlety. Among the most obvious messages: Absolute power corrupts absolutely (when President Snow is joined by the rebellion leader President Coin as leaders who are less than concerned about the well-being of their constituents), humans are inherently bad (this is rammed home multiple times by multiple characters), war is terrible, blah blah blah. I mean you could tell the tenors for these messages in this book were coming based on how the other two set it up but the execution was bad.
I have some other complaints:
Most of the characters in this book are emotionally damaged to the point its annoying to read a lot of dialogue exchanges.
The war never really unfolds on the pages outside of a sentence here and there updating you on the progress, with one particularly bad point where you the most recent news you heard was that the districts are still struggling in every district and then all of the sudden all districts are under rebel control and the last one left is District 2.
Katniss shoots down multiple hoverplanes with a bow and arrow. I understand it was upgraded, but that was kinda lame.
Lastly, the end kinda rubbed me the wrong way. A girl whose sheer determination, spirit and will fostered the beginning of the revolution, is forced to live in relative ignominy and obscurity for the rest of her life. Disappointing ending for me. ...more