Monday, September 20, 2010

The Hunger Games (Goodreads)

The Hunger Games (Hunger Games, #1)The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I thought that this book deserved three out of five stars. There has been a lot of hype about this book, but I am the kind of person that does not like hype. >:( It is my personal opinion that it is hype that ruined the Twilight saga. I think that since this book had been talked about so much, since everyone said that it was so amazingly brilliant, that I was very disappionted. I kept waiting for that WOW moment, that one part that gave you perspective, made you stop and read it again, etc. I didn't get it. I didn't get my WOW moment. It was monotonous until the end with the muttations. Then it was like, "Ooh! More violence!" Still, just violence? Oh, but don't forget the sappiness. Gotta have that. Peeta and Katniss have to be in a strained relationship, but don't forget Gale! Ooh! Drama! No. No thanks. The only part of the book that gave it substance for me was the alliance with Rue and her death. That was it. Sorry, Suzanne Collins, but to really get a five of five from me, you are going to have to do better than that.

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  1. You just experienced my feelings when I first read Twilight. By the time I got around to reading the book, the hype had created this aura around the novel that made it seem like every word would blow your mind. I loved Hunger Games, however, I read the book way back before there was any press. I was booktalking this novel years ago and having 6th graders read this before the hype machine took off. I wonder if your thoughts would have been different reading before all the press? Or...maybe the whole dystopia genre is not your thing. I am a fan and cannot get enough to the dystopia worlds. Some don't like it. I also found Hunger Games interesting as I used to teach sixth grade social studies and there are tons of parallels with the book and ancient Rome. Anyways, I finally realized you have your own blog and look forward to being more active on yours. Keep up the good work!

  2. Coolness! Er, uh ... nevermind, let's go with coolness. Please pardon me while I go find out what dystopia means ...

    Oh! Actually, I love that kind of stuff. I just hate romance. With a passion. :) I like unique things, and this was okay. I think that there was no defining moment for me.