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Review: The Hunger Games (Book One) by Suzanne Collins

September 12, 2011
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I know, I know. Took me long enough, huh? I think I’m one of the few YA authors/bloggers who had yet to read this, but I can now join the party. Sort of. All the hype surrounding the series made me excited to read it, yet wary. A good friend of mine theorized that I was putting off starting the series because I was afraid of being let down. She hit the nail on the head.

In general, Ms. Collins’ writing is simple, but not in a bad way. Some of her sentences made no sense to me, though, but this only happened a few times. She successfully uses the present tense and has given Katniss a relatable and feisty voice, one that I enjoyed reading. The world she has created is violent and depressing, yet intriguing. Though, I did find the reasoning behind the Games a bit too empty. The plot moves along fluidly and the excitement never dips, making for a quick and intriguing read. She also succeeds in bringing her characters to life, giving them likable qualities and putting them in situations that force readers to care about what happens to them.

Overall, I merely liked The Hunger Games. I’m not too eager to read the next two installments, but I will so I can see how the story ends. I am, however, very excited for the movie. Do I get points for that? 🙂

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5 Comments

  • Reply Keary Taylor September 12, 2011 at 1:26 pm

    I felt the same way DJ. Didn’t love it, but I liked it enough. I have to say that I did like the second book better than the first so you should continue! I’m also really excited for the movie for some reason! Let’s hope it’s a good one!

  • Reply Jamie Manning September 12, 2011 at 8:41 pm

    I have to say that I loved this series, though I can clearly see now some of the things you mentioned (like the reasoning behind the Games). But still, I love it!! =)

  • Reply Mundie Moms September 13, 2011 at 3:17 am

    Great review! It took me awhile to get into this book and I read it before I got huge. It’s a read that once I got into it, I couldn’t put it down. The series gets better with each book. I totally understand your reasoning as well. I’m looking forward to seeing how they bring the story to life on the big screen.

  • Reply jenniferlaurens September 13, 2011 at 3:30 am

    So glad I’m not the only one who felt this way about the book.Thanks for sharing!

  • Reply Casey (The Bookish Type) September 14, 2011 at 9:04 pm

    I’m sorry to hear this one let you down. I kind of want to start a Suzanne Collins religion lol.

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