I finished The Hunger Games last night, wrapping up another week in this 52 books challenge. To be honest, I’m surprised not only that I’ve made it this far, but that I’ve managed to develop a rhythm and am still enjoying myself. While of course I do like reading, this is much faster than my usual reading pace, and I expected to feel the beginnings of a burnout about now.
I’ve heard many good things about The Hunger Games before I started it, and I’ve been wanting to pick it up for a while. After finishing, I can say that I was not disappointed. I like the setting of a post-American dystopia and the fact that the author was not afraid to show some blood. This is especially important, because I don’t think it would be possible to pull off a story with that kind of premise while being shy around the violent bits.
The only thing that put me off was the narration, and even then only in certain parts. It can be explained by the fact that the speaker is a sixteen year old girl, and a very informal girl at that, but there are places where her style of speech is jarring. Example:
“The girl with the arrows, Glimmer I hear someone call her—ugh, the names the people in District 1 give their children are so ridiculous—anyway Glimmer scales the tree….”
Collins, Suzanne (2009-09-01). The Hunger Games (p. 182). Scholastic Books. Kindle Edition.
Overall, I liked it, and will be getting to the other books in the series soon.
Week 4’s book will be The Girl Who Played With Fire by Stieg Larsson.