The Hunger Games

The Hunger Games - Suzanne  Collins

So I finished 'Trainspotting' early enough in the night that I wanted to start on something else, I hadn't counted on finishing that book, too, in one sitting no less, especially since I'd read it before.

I read 'The Hunger Games' back when it first came out and loved it's clever take on reality television, and its darkness, a quality even more refreshing when coming out the YA section which too often (though less and less often I'm pleased to note) is simplistic, wooden, and liberally pulling tricks from the pages of their betters.

Part of my devouring this book was likely relief at reading standard prose instead of dialect, but Collins has the skill of writing her characters and story in a straight-forward fashion with only necessary bits of exposition.

Katniss Everdeen is a great protagonist, a little slow on the uptake when it comes to certain events and attitudes, but hell, I'm willing to overlook the romance bits, which are undoubtedly going to get more pronounced in the sequels, because the action in this book is addictive. I rated this as 3 stars before, but I've bumped it up because the second time around, knowing what was going to happen, it was still great, and because my star ratings are mostly knee-jerk reactions based on personal enjoyment rather than any carefully conceived set of standards.


Hunger Games Trilogy


Next: 'Catching Fire'