Overall The Hunger Games is an easy and entertaining read for most age groups. I have a few bones to pick, but I really did enjoy the first book in this trilogy and I’ve moved on to the second book, Catching Fire.
I’ll be honest, it took about 150 pages to get me to that point in a book where you can’t stop reading. I was pretty surprised by this as I expected to be completely obsessed right away (Harry Potter). Maybe this was because of the fact I’m not in the targeted age group or the fact that I had about a million other things going on and couldn’t find the time to be obsessed – who really knows?! Anyway, my favorite part of the book were the scenes in the arena where the games took place and hearing about Katniss’ strategies and survival tactics. In fact, I liked this part much more than the Peeta-Katniss-Gale love triangle. I found that a little cheesy actually, but if you’re going to write a book for hormone raged teens, you’re going to need to add a little boy drama in there (story of my life – can I get an amen?)
The main thing that stuck out to me from the entire novel is the idea that society has a certain control over you. I couldn’t help but think of how big a comment on governmental control this entire book was. I don’t hope to create any angst toward your own government, but it certainly makes you think about the rights and freedoms you have in society and the amount of control you have on your own life – sometimes I swear it feels like none!
Please, please, please (!!) leave your comments if you’ve read the book(s) and I’d love book recommendations too!