The Hunger Games Book Review
This was my second time reading The Hunger Games. I normally don’t reread books because I enjoy having the fresh anticipation of new stories and new writing but The Hunger Games drew me in for a second time. I was surprised by how much I had forgotten about the book and the writing itself.
Things I Rediscovered about The Hunger Games book:
- Its written in present tense, a unique style in today’s literature. Before this, I don’t remember the last time I read a novel in present tense yet after only a few pages I failed to even notice it. It lends well to the quick, suspenseful plot. Like Katniss, the reader is living from moment to moment, without even a hint of what lies ahead.
- The flood of Young Adult themes in the book. Katniss is exploring love and sexuality for the first time. She is trying to figure out who she is compared to her family and dealing with the loss of a parent. She is having new experiences (though most are not the typical…) and she is starting to question authority. Bullying and “clicks” are even portrayed through the careers. These are all typical YA themes. I think the popularity of the series as well as the darkness of the movies made me forget that the story originally targeted youth. Katniss’s internal dialogue really exemplifies the confusion of a teenage girl, no matter what kind of world she’s living in.
- How oblivious Katniss is to Peeta’s and Gale’s love for her. The movie certainly doesn’t portray this as well as the book. The movie makes her seem more unconcerned with the boys’ love for her where the books really capture her confusion.
- How fast-paced the novel is. The reader never has time to take a breath. From the first page to the last, we are hooked. New secrets are always being revealed, new dangers crop up as soon as old ones pass, and new mysteries always keep us wanting more.
- Excellent cliff hangers at the end of every single chapter. I don’t think its possible for anyone to get bored while reading The Hunger Games. Its unbelievable writing and unbelievable editing. There is not a wasted line in the entire story. And the popularity of the book can attest to that. Tell me you haven’t heard someone say something along the lines of, “Oh yeah, I read The Hunger Games in a weekend/day.” That’s because there is never a good stopping point, especially at the chapter breaks! This is a lesson all writers, young and old, can learn from.
I think its pretty common to rediscover new things when re-reading books and because of that, I don’t think it’s a waste of time at all. There is a certain comfort about re-reading your favorite books or re-watching your favorite movies but that doesn’t mean that we can’t take something new away from an old story.
Have you re-read any of your old favorites lately? What did you rediscover?
Posted on August 29, 2014, in Book Review and tagged adventure, book review, books, Catching fire, favorite books, Hunger Games, Katniss, mockingjay, pacing, re-reading, reading, suzanne collins, the hunger games, YA fiction, Young Adult Fiction. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.