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The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
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Apr 11, 2012

really liked it

Lots of people told me how great this book was, so when it went on sale for Kindle (I think it was $3) I scooped it up. I have to admit, I kind of like YA novels, especially for sci-fi/fantasy books, because it's easier for my brain to comprehend (if it's written for an 11 year old, I can understand it! *FISTPUMP*). So it made this a very quick read. Although it coincided with the movie release and bowing to pressure from friends, I paused my book halfway to see the movie. I have to say that I prefer the book (another discussion, another forum).

I thought the writing was solid and the characters were well-formed. The author makes it easy to root for Katniss through all of the trials and tribulations of the Games and made her very 'human' and relateable so that I found myself often stopping to think "oh man, what if that was ME? Could I kill someone?" I also enjoyed Peeta more than I thought I would. Lots of people have commented to me that he was whiny or weak but I didn't find that at all. I felt like he was just very accepting of his fate and treated everything very Zen-like (it is what it is). I can understand how some people would read that as weak-willed or even whiny, but I didn't have a problem with him at all.

The concept of the Games is an old one (Battle Royale, Running Man, etc.), but I thought this was a fun interpretation and I really enjoyed the stark contrast of the "new" and "old" in this future (where Katniss is from Appalachia and her father was a coal miner, but in the Capitol everything is so extremely high-tech). Some of the concepts behind not just the Games but the vision of this future were very smart and I look forward to the rest of the series.

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