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The Hunger Games
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 19, 2013
The book was well written and it kept my attention pretty well. Interesting concept and I intend to read the next one.
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on July 27, 2014
Although the show is very good and follows the book very well, the ending sucks.
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7 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on June 30, 2010
3.5 stars actually. I am not saying this was not good. I am just saying it was a bit lacking. The plot was great. Very "Running Man" ish. But I didn't connect with the characters. It felt a little shallow and I just didn't get a feel for the characters as much as I like to from the books I read. I wished for more darkness as well but that is just my personal taste so my 3.5 stars do not reflect that. I understand this is a young adult novel and I am 28, but even so, I expected a lot more.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on April 29, 2014
I have to admit I was late to the party on this one. (Like 6 years too late.) But every time a book in the YA genre becomes a phenomenon, I worry that it will be Twilight all over again...

And yes, the Hunger Games does have a huge following from teens to adults alike, but with good cause. Now I feel terrible for avoiding it for so long.

The official synopsis is this:

In a dark vision of the near future, a terrifying reality TV show is taking place. Twelve boys and twelve girls are forced to appear in a live event called the Hunger Games. There is only one rule: kill or be killed.
When sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen steps forward to take her sister's place in the games, she sees it as a death sentence. But Katniss has been close to death before. For her, survival is second nature.
Admittedly, I didn't even know what the book was about before reading it. So when I finally gave in and started reading I was pleasantly surprised. The book was well written and paced well. Collins did a great job setting the scene and time period, I found it totally believable. The formatting was alright, but would have appreciated breaks between scenes, some sort of space or formatting to distinguish the days.

Now to the plot itself:

I want to say that I really, really wanted to like Katniss. I've heard great things about her, but I honestly did not find her to be the strong female character I was expecting. Sure, she did save her sister and try to save Peeta (but only after it was convenient for her.) She did a great job surviving the games and saving Peeta as well. But in all honesty, I found her bravery to be rooted in fear. The only reason she tried so hard was because she was afraid. Even at the end with the berries - people say she was standing up to the Capital, but in reality she didn't want to live with the guilt if Peeta had died and she'd have to face District 12. In the end, I'm still very torn with her character throughout Catching Fire and now Mockingjay (which I have started at the time of this review.) I will update with a final review after Mockingjay, hopefully Katniss turns it around for me.

When it comes to the supporting characters, I found I liked them more than Katniss. Peeta is a loveable, loyal bakers son, Rue was a cute girl caught up in misfortune, and the list goes on.

When it comes to the Capital, Collins did a fantastic of creating a culture of excess. Everything - from the food to the clothes is over the top, which makes the audience hate them for leaving their people in poverty. If the fact that they make children fight in the Hunger Games doesn't annoy you, the pink hair and painted faces definitely put me over the top. Which, I personally thought there was too much reference too.

The biggest point that I wanted to make with the plot was how emotionally distant I felt from the characters. While Collins spent hours describing hair and desserts, the actual inner emotions of the characters seemed to be lacking and I couldn't connect with their situation as much as I wanted to.

Now, reading over what I just read, I realize I haven't had much positive comments here. I don't want to make my final judgement until I read the rest of the series, so I guess this is open to change until the end of Mockingjay.

Until then, thanks for reading.

PS. - Totally did not like the movie, sorry!

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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on September 26, 2012
It was okay for YA fiction. A bit flat at times, leaning heavily on the trendy "strong female character" trope rather than good plot. But all in all, was a fun read. I read this in a sort of preparation for the movie and to decide whether or not I might like to watch the movie. Katniss annoyed me at times, she seemed 2 dimensional and oblivious to nearly everything around her throughout the series. The attempt to make her a courageous but naive girl seemed forced. Would have done a lot better by dropping the obtuse naivete.
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9 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on February 26, 2012
Honestly, I didn't think this book deserved all the charisma and acknowledgement it recieved. I know that the Hunger Games series has captivated thousands of avid readers, but I suppose I just don't see what others see. I was highly disappointed with the characters; there is just something about them that puts me off. I found this book extremely boring at times and was generally difficult to get through. Overated!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 13, 2014
This novel is over-rated in my opinion. I understand it might be teen-oriented reading and might be the reason why it has not caught up with my enthusiasm. I give it the benefit of the doubt.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on June 19, 2013
It was an okay book. It was an easy read so was good to read on a realxing holiday. I will read the 2nd and 3rd cause I have to finish what i start but didn't stand up to all the hype.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 16, 2014
This book was really good! A little overrated.... But good. I had heard so much about it so I was a little let down when I finally read it.
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6 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on March 14, 2012
good books, but it's only ok, it's interesting ....
the story is could have been better, it's too predictable .... it ends up to be a big brother show like tv , with a lot of krap just popping out of the blue... it fail at giving a sense of epicness to the situation , i always thought it was kind of lame action moments....
Ohhhh i know , why is it rated so high then ? well Twilights readers just started their second book ;P ....

overall i ll say it's a good book , but pretty disappointing and overrated ........ now maybe it's only me because in the same time that i was reading the hunger games and kind of enjoying them , i started to read mistborn i then noticed that i liked mistborn better , and so dropped hunger games...
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