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The Gist of the Book:
The Hunger Games is a mandatory (devised by the “government”), annual event/reality show that urges “cast members” (called Tributes), to kill or be killed. The setting/times is post war. The lead character Katniss lives in the 12th district (the poorest district of Panem, remains of what used to be the U.S.) with her mom & younger sister Prim. When Prim is selected as a Tribute, Katniss volunteers to go in her place.
Overall, I thought this was an interesting book. Very easy read, however, I felt very slow/impatient getting through it (see “Kindle-newbie” reason listed below). Plus, I guess there were enough “slow parts” (descriptions, the lead character wallowing in her own thoughts, etc.) all of which I know are necessary/justifiable in building the story, nevertheless I couldn’t help thinking, “Alright…let’s get to it already!
I look forward to seeing the movie that’s coming out soon! More than anything, I want to see:
• How (more or less) handsome Peeta will be to Gale
• If the # of snares set & range of wild animals eaten will be shown/accurate to the book
• The food from the Capitol
• Who’s playing Rue
Funny story…when I told Husband I was reading this for a book club, he lit up! “Oh!…you’re reading the Hunger Games?!” Me thinks he wanted to join the club. He-hee!
He downloaded all 3 books of the series; even though I told him I only needed the first. I wasn’t aware of this (or I might not have been listening when he said he’d buy all 3 books), SO, all throughout reading, I’m looking at the “percentage read” (Kindle doesn’t show page numbers, or I couldn’t figure out how to get them to show. This is the 1st book I read on it.) thinking, “30% read!…How long IS this book?!”. It was only when I came to “End of Book 1” did I realize. OH (duhhhh!)…the remaining % is for the other 2 books!
…AND I didn’t see the word “Trilogy” until after I posted this photo. 🙁
More of My Thoughts:
Although it was a good read, I did have one gripe.
Miss Confused Katniss!
Honestly, she started to irritate me. I mean, how could she not understand that Peeta’s feelings for her were true & not at all falsified for the sake of “game strategy”? Even if she couldn’t grasp that…how could she not LOVE Peeta!?!?!
I’m like, “Come On Girl…What don’t you understand!?!” After all you’ve been through together…he saved your life on numerous occasions, you saved his, he gave you a piece of bread…& you don’t love Peeta!?
By the end of the book, I was “too through” with Katniss (& I don’t even talk like that). LOL
Of course, the author is dragging it out for the other 2 books in the Trilogy…or so I think.
Despite her age, Katniss seemed like too smart/mature of a character to not have figured out (sooner) that Peeta’s feelings for her were genuine. Towards the
middle end of the book, I just couldn’t buy into her “confusion” any more.
The book made me imagine living as Katniss. After retching at the thought of killing, cooking & eating squirrel (& then day old, leftover squirrel), 🙁 🙁 🙁 I thought:
What would I do if I were a tribute in the Hunger Games? Would I be thinking about falling in love?
Probably not, but probably so. I mean what else is there really to look forward to/get excited about; living in the poorest part of town, where almost every day is about “surviving”.
What would I do if I weren’t a tribute, but a spectator of the games? Would I cheer for Katniss & Peeta to win?
Would I eat up the love story?
Of course, I can’t help it! 😛