“Possibly the quickest read ever!”
Author: Suzanne Collins
Genre: Dystopia, Action, Age: YA+
Released: 1st December 2011 (UK version)
So.. it was only a couple of days ago that I posted about reading the Hunger Games and now, I’m proud to say that I have in fact completed it, and it’s sort of restored my faith in “the hype” a little.
I think most people are familiar with the story now, but if you aren’t, it’s a bleak apocalyptic world, which is essentially a Nazi-themed America. People have been segregated into districts (boringly named 1, 2, 3, 4.. etc) and each district in charge of it’s own produce which help sustain the one city that now exists called the Capitol.
Every year, the Capitol hosts a reality TV show called The Hunger Games, which has twelve contestants that fight each other to the death. The battles are brutal and gory and ruthless and apparently are the Capitol’s show of control over the segregated population. Our heroine from District 12, Katniss, (apart from having a name dangerously close to cat piss), volunteers to be one of the tributes to save her sister when she is chosen. The male tribute from District 12, is Peeta, who is a son of a baker…
Yes, you read that right..
PEETA. As in the BREAD. He is a BAKER’S SON…
Be prepared for a whole host of stupid names that parade through the book. I just couldn’t get over how unwholesome they were. (Even Twilight didn’t choose such ridiculous names, even though they were naming hundred-year old vampires!)
Anyways, Katniss and Peeta’s little quirk for the TV cameras is to pretend to be in love so that Capitol’s audience cheers for them to win. That is their only hope of getting out of the Hunger Games alive.
The action doesn’t pick up until half-way through the book. For some reason, Suzanne Collins insists on describing every detail that happens to Katniss BEFORE the interesting part. We read about her getting waxed and trying on dresses, holding hands with Peeta, sitting and talking on the roof. It’s all very melodramatic and weighs down the ultimate purpose of the book.
Once Katniss is in the arena the action of the book increases. Not to spoil anything, but interactions with characters take place, and there are some twists that are genuinely surprising and touching. Katniss reaches out to reader well and begins to be a believable character.
This is the first book of a trilogy, and frankly, it feels like it. The ending isn’t conclusive at all, and you almost feel Collins’ finger wrap around your wallet as you’re forced to buy book two to find out what happens afterwards.
I can actually see myself buying the second book now..
Rated 2/5 – Good action, fast paced in parts. Destroyed by the lack of underwhelming and unnecessary, girly detail.