There has been this mass amount of talk about this book called The Hunger Games. All I have heard is praise and without really knowing what it was about, I went out and bought the book. I was hoping to read it during Dewey's Read-A-Thon, but was simply unable to get to it. After another personal friend recommended that I read the book, I decided it was time! I set aside my few remaining review books, picked up this book, and rarely put it down!!!!
For those who do not know about the book, here is my quick summary . . . Chaos. Controlling goverment. People doing what they can to survive. Children as tributes. Fascinating, yet disturbing games. Possible resistance and maybe even a glimmer of love? Beyond those few things, I really cannot say any more!
I became completely absorbed in the main characters. Katniss is your main female character who demonstrates great strength (and I'm not talking physical!) and who is willing to step up and hold her own and protect her family. Yet, she is one that this very strength can hinder the most obvious of situations. Then, there is Peeta, an eloquent young gentlemen with a different kind of strength . . . physical, but yet one that is sweet and sincere. Now put them in an arena filled with their peers to fight to their death!! Who will win these Hunger Games?!?
After finishing this book, I was very intrigued! I wanted to know more of the characters. I wanted to know what happened after the completion of the games. Would I say that this book was great? No! Good? Yes! Afterall, I did find it interesting enough to read the sequel right away. I really connected with the characters. I thought the symbolism and topics raised would be great conversation. And, I simply don't like NOT KNOWING!! So, I moved on to Catching Fire the very next day . . .
I have now completed the second book in this series!! The review is next to come. Stay tuned to find out if I felt the series got better or worse. In the meantime, I want to hear your predictions . . .
Do you think I enjoyed the second more or less? Would I be so bold to put it up in line with my other favorite young adult books, such as Harry Potter?!?!?
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