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larsenreviews wrote:I loved the first book! Unlike what I halfway expected, the annual Hunger Games are not glamorized or applauded. Collins is actually out to make you loathe the Games and everything they represent. The story is really a vivid picture of history repeating itself. It's future America turned Ancient Rome, with some appalling modern twists; a scary look at the direction our world could be headed in left to human nature. It's a moving account of determination, grit, selflessness, survival, and loyalty, with some necessary graphic brutality thrown in.
Laden with conflicts of diverse natures, The Hunger Games kept me guessing and made me trulythink and process each new obstacle, both physical and mental. It was like I was on a roller coaster ride of intense emotions. The incredible depth of each well-developed character is half of what makes this novel great. I also appreciate that the book is completely void of anything religious, a neutrality I find to be rare in today’s entertainment. If there were hints of religion, they’d likely be flawed, so better to omit them altogether. (Of course in my ideal world every story would contain an overt Christian message, but let’s face it, this book is secular.) That said, The Hunger Games contains tremendous moral values, if you’re tuned in for them. Katniss is in a constant decision-making battle, torn between the selfish and the selfless option, always struggling to do what is right. I could feel her agony at each new turn of events as she faced new challenges and had new choices to make. And did I mention the plot is full of unexpected twists and turns?
Cnc_theft_auto wrote:My school's book club novel was the Hunger Games, and for some reason I was reluctant to read it, but after about a week or two, I finally started reading it and couldn't put it down. As soon as I finished it I rushed off to get the other two, loved them too! My favourite was Catching Fire, just because of the cool arena, and Mockingjay was the worst because of all the politics in it.
Whoever wants to discuss the ending feel free to PM me.
I can't remember the scene where they kill Snow. Wasn't she going to kill someone else and then switched or something? Can someone PM me or reply to this please? Its bugging me that I don't remember...
RuqeeD wrote:Mykajean wrote:You know, I had only seen it a couple times and ended up snagging a digital copy as a freebie thing forever ago. Never payed much mind to it really. Then, hubby and I went to see Sherlock Holmes a couple weeks ago and I saw the preview and it triggered some recollection. Monday night i had some down time so I looked it up. I am now halfway done with book 3! LOL i cant put them down they are so good, and i dont want them to snd. just thewhole concept is awesome. Have you read about Suzanne Collin's influence for them? I recommend doing so before you finish the books, really puts a whole new perspective on the series really. They are incredible, and i hope the movie is at least half as good. (book readers know the movie you make in your mind while reading is always better than the Hollywood ones) well nback to book 3 for me happy reading!
-- Fri Jan 06, 2012 7:48 pm --RuqeeD wrote:I started reading the first book on a recommendation from a friend and tbh I wasn't keen on it after she briefly gave an outline of the plot but I knew she would bug me if I didn't read it. I actually quite enjoyed it, it's a good storyline even though I found some of the characters (like Peeta) a little weak - this is in the first one though, he improves as the story goes on).
But I'm afraid it went downhill from there for me. The second book seemed like a rehash of the first one, and the third just annoyed me with the ending. I won't elaborate at the moment why as I don't want to ruin it for you but would love to know what you think about how it ended when you've finished with it.
I can see what you mean, being on book three myself, but I think that the author did a good job of making it intriguing and different enough to make you cone back for more. Especially liked the way book one ended but i dont like that book two doesnt pick up the same way. It would have been so much more rewarding to the reader to have it instantly flow that way to me. For a YA book series, i think book two was just fine. Got me to get it, read it, and move to book three though. Plus as a middle its shorter than book one and two so it works well to be a little more like the first. I cant wait for the end though to see what you mean!
I think what it was with book two is that there was a large gap between reading the first and second and because I had enjoyed the first one quite a lot I built up the second so much in my head and had a lot of expectations that unfortunately didn't exactly match up. Character development-wise, I did enjoy Peeta's built up slowly but steadily and even more so with Gale who was always a favourite of mine. I did enjoy the third one - again Peeta becoming stronger as a character, I wont mention about Gale at the moment . The only character that imho that seemed to go in the opposite direction was Katniss whom I'm sorry to say started to dislike just that little bit. In some small way she reminded me a little of Bella in Twilight which as you can know can really grate - but again this is all my view.
Let me know what you think when you finish. I'm particularly interested in how you find Peeta's and Gale's characters.
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