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!!