Monday, May 14, 2012

Review: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

With the movie hitting the big screen I thought its time I see what the hype was about. Its been a long time since I stayed up till one reading, and woke up early to finish a book.

!!!Spoiler Alert!!!

That wasn't strictly needed. But there was this one time in highschool that I let slip that Gandalf didn't really die in The Fellowship to a girl I had a crush on. She didn't talk to me for a week. Good thing too, I'd been on the verge of pursuing a relationship with someone who hadn't read LTOR. Close one.

If you've seen the movie trailer or read the back of the book you can surmise the entire plot. Not a single twist. Not even the simple 'wait I thought we killed him earlier' variety. Twilight requires a higher IQ. But if you like a straight forward adventure this is your book.

“I don’t know how to say it exactly. Only... I want to die as myself... I don’t want them to change me in there. Turn me into some kind of monster that I’m not.”

This is supposed to be a major theme, but the monster doesn't stand a chance. Katniss never makes a real kill. Sure she kills in self defence, she gets angry and takes revenge, and generally kicks ass. But she never has to turn on her friends or even stalk down one of the villians in cold blood. It was a little dissapointing.

And the ending is not too crash hot either. I won't spoil it, because the suspense is pretty good.

My rating? Read the book, expect to be entertained, don't expect to think.