I was hoping to read this book before I saw the movie, but unfortunately I was patron 84 when I reserved my eBook copy from the local library. I don’t typically buy books I’m not sure I’ll read again, so I put off reading this until I saw the movie. My wife and I saw the movie in the theatre and we both were quite impressed, so I bit the bullet a couple months ago and bought the trilogy from the Google Play store. I was reading a couple other books at the time so had to wait until now to start reading it. Here is my review of the first installment of the trilogy.
From the moment I started this book, I was captivated. Perhaps some of it was due to having watched the movie, though I doubt it. The book is considerably different in story telling style from the movie as it is written in the first person by Katniss. The point of view the book is written leaves out a lot of the other details the movie fills in, which I’m sure was necessary. The story is very easy to read and kept my attention the entire time. I even found myself getting anxious near the end, even though I already knew the outcome. I thoroughly enjoyed the dystopian world Collins creates and through a societal uprising and subsequent control and Hunger Games forced upon civilization by the “Capital.” My preference is typically dark and this story does not disappoint. There is an obvious similarity to “The Most Dangerous Game” by Richard Connell and I’m sure other books that venture into the world of humans hunting humans. This story certainly captures the personal anguish and internal battle between living and killing another human.
In terms of entertainment value, “The Hunger Games” gets a 10 out of 10. For those that prefer lots of detail, this might not be as fulfilling an adventure for you. This is a young adult/Teen book, so that must be taken into consideration. Overall, I was impressed and am certainly looking forward to starting the second installment of the trilogy “Catching Fire.”
For those who enjoy a quick, and entertaining story, “The Hunger Games” is a definite must read. I am glad that I chose to buy the trilogy as I will certainly read this book and I’m sure the next two books several times, which is not very common for me.