The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. I listened to this book on my iPhone. It was freaky. Everyone had raved about it, and the movie is coming out soon. I had started it once and couldn’t finish, because the tension was too great for me. But I finally finished it. I gotta say, I didn’t like it. That was my first reaction. My overall thoughts were much more complicated. I loved it. I hated it. I agonized. I laughed. I cried. It became a part of me.
I really felt haunted for a long time afterwards. Haunted by the story and the characters. Katniss was a lovable, relatable character. When she starts toying with Peeta’s emotions I was a little angry. However, you can’t be angry at her for long, because you understand. I would have done the same thing to keep us both alive. It wasn’t like she had a good advisor. Haymitch didn’t give them food unless she played the romance angle. That was one of the things that tore my heart out, but that I couldn’t help but understand.
I hated and loved how so many people died. Loved, you ask? Having read so many books that are completely unrealistic with their deaths, it was almost refreshing to read one in which all the supporting roles died. That being said, I cried when people died. I won’t write who and spoil it for you. It was heart-wrenching, but perfectly so.
The ending was depressing. I didn’t like it. But the book gripped me in ways that I haven’t felt since Terry Goodkind’s Sword of Truth series. It’s horrifying to read, but you just can’t stop. I doubt that I’ll ever read it again.
The idea was the thing. The characters were excellent, but high stakes gladiator games is such an excellent premise that Suzanne Collins could have had flat characters and it would have been interesting (though I can’t imagine putting any characters in these circumstances and having them be flat). It is such a crazy, intense idea. I can’t move on to the second book or finish the series. That’s how bad/good it was. I’m scared the next two won’t be as good. So, that’s that. I loved it and hated it, but I do think that others can and should read it. It’s a book that changes you. It changes the way you think and the way you view what the future could be. It’s a game changer.