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The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
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Apr 29, 12

bookshelves: april-2012, action-books
Read from April 04 to 24, 2012 — I own a copy, read count: 1

Sacrificing herself in place of her sister who was chosen as a tribute to the cannibalistic 74th Annual Hunger Games was the least of Katniss Everdeen's problems. Now trying to survive is. Trapped in the arena with her foes and friend and no choice but try to live, will she survive and become the winner?

Initial reaction after I read the book: It wasn't as good as I expected. Maybe it's just because I watched the movie before I read the book. It's always that way-you read the book first, it's better, you watch the movie first, it's better. There's always going to be a factor that makes the media you read first more appealing. I started reading this book because everyone couldn't stop talking about it, and I wanted to find out what's so good about this book. I didn't like it as much though as Suzanne Collins' other series, Gregor the Overlander (I don't like the last book though!).
I felt that this book was sentimental, it was missing the much anticipated action I hoped it would have had. I kept on screaming in my head,"STOP TALKING KATNISS! I REALLY DON'T CARE ABOUT YOUR FEELINGS ON HOW THE TREE LOOKS OR HOW MANY STARS THERE ARE! JUST LEAVE ROOM FOR THE OTHER CHARACTERS TO TALK! PLEASE! STOP THINKING AND TALKING TO YOURSELF!" Honestly, I think that Katniss is really obnoxious and selfish. She envelopes herself in a well of self-pity at her burned leg. Others have died and suffered more. You should be glad that you lived! Sure, she sacrificed herself. But come on! She keeps on thinking about her wounds throughout the book and about how she shot some arrow through some animal. Poor animal.
There was very poor character development throughout the book. Pretty much the only characters we get to understand and know are Rue, Katniss and Peeta. Sure, Cato may be the antagonist along with the rest of his buddies, but we don't understand why he wants to win. Suzanne Collins makes him sound like a mass murderer who is addicted to killing and blood. Katniss was a promising heroine but later morphs into a heroine no different than the YA books.
It was missing on the blood and gore scale. I'm not sorry at all I wrote that. We don't learn at all how the characters were killed other than the fact they were killed by Cato and his gang.
It's a good book but just not for me.
I finished reading it only because I felt obligated to finish reading something I paid for. If it was a library book, there's no way I would've finished reading it. I bought this book because of the rave reviews. If I could go back in time, I wouldn't have bought this book and saved my money and Plum Rewards.

I would recommend this book to Thadchkan because it's a slow paced book, and some of the books he reads are like that. The text was relatively easy to me so I think that he'll be able to understand. It's not like the other YA books that we are limited to now, and I would recommend this to anyone who likes action but not gore. Or if they rarely read action.

Thank you for bearing through my frustration and disappointments. And my poor Recommendation section.
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Reading Progress

04/05/2012 page 120
32.0% "The book has less action. I think that I like the movie better, but that's probably because I watched the movie first."
04/07/2012 page 133
36.0% "The dress is more different than I thought when I compare the movie to the book. In the movie, Peeta doesn't seem to be that shy to point out his unrequited love for Katniss, but in the book, he was blushing and stammering. I would have loved to see that reaction on screen. No doubt it would have made me squeal like a pig."
04/09/2012 page 214
57.0% "The part where Rue died wasn't as melodramatic as it was in the movie, but I shed some tears anyways."
04/13/2012 page 214
57.0% "I skipped ahead on the last update, but anyways, the movie and the book really are different-in the movie (for the people that didn't read the book), when Katniss frees Rue from the net, you get a sense of security, and that everything is going to be alright, before the spear/lance kebobs Rue."
04/16/2012 page 240
64.0% "So...Katniss, just go and find Peeta already. I have to say this but, the book isn't as good as the movie, and it's dragging on waay too much."
04/17/2012 page 268
72.0% "...Literally no comment. That was so rushed. I think that now the pages describing Katniss' feelings after Rue was killed was like a mourning time. I found the next part a bit too rushed."

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