Wednesday, July 08, 2009
The Hunger Games
Unless you’ve been living under a rock (and don’t worry, I live there sometimes, too), then you know what this one is about. So I’m not going to recap it for you. If you want the recap, just go hang out on Google. You’ll find lots of places to visit.
Instead, I’m going back to the questions. Remember them? You probably thought I was all done. But I’m a slacker, so I still have lots of questions left to answer. For this book, Joanne asked “Overhyped or not? Was it as good as you'd expected? Or did you feel that the book didn't quite live up to it's reputation?” And then Lilly asked “What do you think about the ending? Did you like that it didn't give any closure as to the characters' lives and instead left readers needing to get part two to find out?” Next, Michelle asked "Do you find that having read that particular book you are more or less inclined to continue reading in that genre (YA)?” And finally, Jennie asked “too violent? Or not violent enough to be believable?”
Whew. Lotsa questions on this one. Let’s see if I can answer them all. Coherently.
I really enjoyed the book. Yes, it’s received lots of hype, but it’s still an intriguing concept and contains (I think) a well-developed dystopian society. Yes, it’s slightly reminiscent of The Lottery, but that’s okay. And it also went in a direction I totally wasn’t expecting, so major points for that. It did bog down a bit with the preparations for the game (all the pageantry was a little weird), and with the game itself, but that’s okay, too. So while it wasn’t the best book ever, I’m still glad I read it. I can see reactions to this one being all over the place, so I think it’s worth recommending, if only to hear someone’s thoughts on why or why they didn’t like it.
Because I like series (within reason…I never did read the last Harry Potter), I had no problem with the ending. Frustrating though it might be, I think that was a good place to end. And yes, I can’t wait for Catching Fire.
I’m really loving all of the fresh ideas and edgy stories that YA is coming out with lately. Or that I seem to have become aware of lately. So yes, I do plan to keep reading books in the YA genre, but since I don’t like that “didn’t I just read something similar” feeling, I may not be hunting down dystopian novels any time soon.
Finally, in regards to the violence, can I say “just right?” While I don’t have a problem reading about violence (in context), I honestly wasn’t looking forward to the actual Hunger Game. Because I knew characters that I had gotten attached to were going to die. And yet, there had to be some violence to be believable. There were some weird things within the game that struck me as odd (the dog creatures?), but overall I was okay with how it played out.
So yeah, I got sucked into a new series. But as I said above, I think Collins has created an interesting society…I’m looking forward to seeing where she goes with it.