I think I could just make one statement about this book and leave it at that, and my feelings about it would have been vented. That one statement is WOW. That wouldn’t make a very interesting post, though, would it?
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins is another book that certainly doesn’t need my praise. (For some reason, I’ve been reading- -gulp!–best-sellers recently.) This book is a fast-paced YA dystopian novel that, at least to me, seems a cut above what I expected. Rather than bore you with yet another synopsis, I’ll simply refer you to Sherry’s review. I read her review long before I had any real intention of reading the book. I actually picked up the book for my Reading My Library self-challenge; I stalled out on C at the end of last year. However, after going back to review Sherry’s thoughts, I must say that I had the same reaction to it as she did: this story is “TV’s Survivor meets Shirley Jackson’s short story ‘The Lottery.'” Throw in a lots of allusions to ancient Rome, and you’ve got a very engaging and suspenseful mixture.
The only complaint I really have about this book (possible spoiler alert!) is that I got a little weary of the romance therein, but I’m not exactly a member of the intended YA audience. However, because of the romance, I can see how this book would have tremendous appeal to teen girls even though the genre it belongs to might not typically be as appealing to them as it is to boys. (?)
Oh, I do have one more complaint: the fact that this book has a cliffhanger ending AND the series isn’t finished yet. Jennifer warned me about this (and so did Sherry, but I have a terrible memory), but I had already begun reading the book when this fact registered. Let me just say that if you manage to get to the end of the first chapter, there’s no going back with this one. I do so much better if I can read sequels and series books in quick succession. Now this question remains: should I go ahead and read the sequel, Catching Fire, or wait until the fall when the third novel comes out? I’m thinking these would be good ones to have on hand for the easy, mindless sort of reading I’ll likely need after the wee one arrives. . .
If you like YA fiction or exciting reads in the least, give this one a try. I give it a Highly Recommended!