The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins; page count 384
First of all, apologies to everyone for not reading this sooner. I feel like I am the very last person in America to read this book.
I doubt I’ll need to recap the plot here because everyone does know it already.
It is fantastic! I was concerned that I knew too much about the plot & events (I knew about some of the more harrowing bits in the book prior to reading it) so I was concerned that I wouldn’t actually like the book, that everything would be old news to me. Boy was I wrong! I was still very engaged in the book. In fact, I read it much faster than I normally read books. (Although, it was also a YA novel, not my typical fare.) Even knowing basically what happened, I wanted to know how it happened, which seems like excellent writing to me.
I am very impressed with Collins attention to detail, and her development of Katniss. It’s pretty impressive that readers grow to care about this somewhat ruthless teenager. And the detail! I just loved all the bits she put in about Panem and its back story. I’d like to know a little more of it, but she presented it all in a very reasonable, believable light.
Seriously, you should read this book. Literally everyone loves it, and now I know why.
Plead: Please do not reveal any key plot points to me. I’ve only just read the first one, and I’m on a waiting list for the other two. I will be upset if you spoil it for me.