The Hunger Games (mini review)

Thursday, February 4, 2010

I know you've all read a million reviews for this! It's been all over the blogosphere for a while now, and will continue to be since it is being made into a movie to come out in 2011! And I read this back in December so this may be a short and not as detailed review...

To make the summary short, this takes place in the future when North America is a country called Panem. It's made up of 12 districts. Every year the country holds what is called "The Hunger Games". Every district sends a boy and a girl to represent the district and they all fight for their lives. The Hunger Games are televised for everyone else to see. We follow Katniss as she represents her district and tries to win by being the last one alive.

I had a couple distinct lines of thought when I was reading this. First off, I am always drawn to the plots in dystopian lit and always find myself getting weirded out by it. I don't know if I would say I enjoy dystopian lit... I tend to think it's like a nightmare... or a train wreck that you can't look away from despite how awful it is. *On a sidenote, the book 1984 terrified me!* So I had a few moments of thinking this.

My second line of thinking was WHY?? am I reading a book about children killing each other?? And all for what amounts to a reality show? This is awful!! I had to be reminded that this was fiction, dystopian lit, and that in reality, I read plenty of books where people are murdered, etc. so I pushed through and read it.

It was an enjoyable read for me and the concept, while still awful, wasn't done badly. I was curious to see what would happen next. I will say that I didn't love this book as much as everyone else. But it was good. And I'm looking forward to reading the sequel Catching Fire which I have in my TBR. I also wanted to add that I read a lot of people really disliked the character, Katniss. I didn't feel that way at all! I didn't find her whiny, as some people did, and the stuff she did "whine" about I totally thought she had every reason to, lol!!


Amanda said...

I loved Katniss in this book, and I think most of the whining comments come from catching Fire, where she turns from a strong heroine into a flightly, blind moron. I was real disappointed where her character went in the second book and I'm just hoping the third book redeems it for me.

Andrea said...

I second Amanda.
I love this book and thought it was very well done for a book with such horrible actions.

Crystal said...

I absolutely loved this book, but I didn't think I would. I was very fascinated reading the events unfold. Catching Fire, in my opinion, is as good as The Hunger Games and I can't wait for the 3rd book to come out.

bermudaonion said...

I have a feeling I'll react much the same as you did. I just read Battle Royale and I didn't care for it much.

Stephanie aka The Stark Raving Bibliophile said...

I had mixed feelings about this book too, though all in all, I thought it was amazing.

Michelle (Red Headed Book Child) said...

This series didn't really motivate me enough to pick sides and be on any team.
It was fun and easy to read, that's it!

Jenny said...

Amanda -- oh ok, maybe that's it. I'm interested to see what I think when I read it!

Andrea - I do agree that it wasn't done badly.

Crystal -- I will have to hurry and read the 2nd one!

bermudaonion -- yeah that sounds really similar!

Stephanie -- what were your mixed feelings about specifically? The plot in general? I think that's my main issue.

Michelle -- that's funny b/c I don't feel like "picking a team" either.

Ryan G said...

One of these days I'm going to read these books.

Jenny said...

Ryan -- I thought I was the last one, lol!

justicejenniferreads said...

I really loved this book. I really like dystopian fiction: while it is nightmarish in some of the worst ways, it is something that sticks with you and challenges your ways of thinking. I like and appreciate that a lot.

I also have to say that I really liked Katniss's character. She is strong and resilient, but she's still your average person: while she has strengths, she also has weaknesses. She isn't perfect and there are certain flaws that she can't escape.

I was late to jump on the Hunger Games wagon too - I only just finished the book a month ago. Catching Fire is waiting on my nightstand for a night off.

lunarossa said...

Hi there, Just found your blog by chance, but I really like it! I agree with Amanda and Andrea, in the second book Katniss becomes irritating, ungrateful and slightly boring. Both books are interesting, although rather gruesome, if you stop and think about the situations. Still very entertaining. Looking forward to the third installment coming out in the summer I think. All the best. Ciao. Antonella

Juju at Tales of said...

I adore this book. It completely sucked me in. I can't wait till book 3.

I feel you though.
Dystopian novels do make me sad so I can't read them too often.

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