Read 24 – 27th March 2012
My rating 5 / 5
I’ll admit, I’m a bit of a snob when it comes to so called blockbuster books. I’m not one to follow a crowd and would much rather discover a book myself, rather than pick up the next big thing.
So, it was with a slight reluctance that I downloaded the hunger games last weekend. Despite all my reservations I was immediately hooked. It’s a gripping book with likeable characters and enough twists and turns to keep me interested.
This is, on the surface, quite a depressing book. Essentially 12 districts and suppressed citizens must each provide two tributes to participate in the Hunger Games, leaving almost certainly to their death. Sounds a bit grim eh? In truth, it’s not. I don’t want to spoil the book, but there is a hope that comes through this book, and I cant wait to read the next in the trilogy…. The book ends in just the right way – enough closure to satisfy the reader but enough intrigue to make reading the next instalment a must.
What this book does is make you think…. especially if you’re sat in the comfort of your western home with a full stomach. There is a mirror being held up here that we’d all do well to look at. An obsession with material wealth and celebrity status and image are portrayed well, and you can’t help at times but think of those nations that are less fortunate than us, and have been oppressed by the rich western states.
This is billed as a young adult book but it is the best of the YA crossovers I’ve read – it’ll have huge market appeal (as has already been proven) but that said, I don’t want to see the film…. I don’t think it can live up to the characters I’ve created in my imagination.