The Hunger Games

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In all honesty, I’m not a bookworm nor a book lover— hell, you could say I read books because I’m forced to. Therefore, I’m not the greatest person to ask book suggestions from (anime is a different story). The reason behind this unappreciative glance I have towards books is that I’m hard to please. I always feel that there is something lacking in any book may it be lack of descriptions or lack of a connection. However, to know if a book has gotten me “hook, line and sinker” is when I can’t stop reading. In most cases, the most definitive act of showing I like what I’m currently reading is that I read it anywhere— I just got to finish it.

Well, The Hunger Games has managed to catch my attention. Truth be told, I wasn’t supposed to buy the book. I was supposed to ask a friend for the e-copy she had so I wouldn’t have to spend. However, seeing the book on display at Fully Booked nagged me to buy it. Another reason for my interest in the book is that the movie would be showing next year. Also, the trailer sold me, so I decided to try the book. Did it catch my attention, but did it manage to keep it?

The Hunger Games has landed itself on a shelf filled with books that genuinely kept me reading (along with Philip Pullman’s Dark Materials Trilogy & some C.S. Lewis books). Hell, I read the book in one day for about 4-5 hours in total. I could see the appeal The Hunger Games has to its readers along with the potential it has for a movie. Suzanne Collins has managed to beautifully tie up the different emotions of the character as every situation passes by. Collins has managed to develop the characterization beautifully that the movement of each character has an underlying meaning to it. From Katniss’s care for Prim that transfers to Rue to Peeta’s mysterious actions, Collins has managed to create scenarios that tie up beautifully each character’s personality with the actions they display.

I initially stumbled with the book especially in the first chapters. I’m not a fan of first-person point of view stories. At times, the books dwells so much in the thoughts of the narrator that insignificant details take up the story. However, Collins has managed to create a balance between Katniss’s pensive moments and the interaction she has with her surrounding. Thoughts alone don’t make up a story— actions should also be considered. That’s what pulled me in to the story— the connection I was able to create with Katniss. Collins lets a reader feel like he’s the main character through the descriptive thoughts that flow in Katniss’s mind and the impressive wordplay. Collins uses incredible wordplay to give her reader’s various feelings. While reading the book, I would laugh, squeal or attempt a keysmash if my laptop was open. I felt a connection with Katniss through the wordplay.

All in all, I loved reading The Hunger Games. I might even save up to buy Catching Fire or Mockingjay— when I’ve gotten my PS Vita, so it’ll be a while— a long while. For some strange reason, I’m attracted to books that are part of a series. Dang.

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