Oh, it only took me five days to read the thing everyone is talking about. Very nice. That I read it so fast, not the book.
I was, in a word, underwhelmed.
Maybe too much buildup with the film coming out and everyone else on the planet telling me how amazing the book is? Yeah, that’s probably it.
Whatever the explanation, a big part of the reason I read The Hunger Games so fast is because there were some very dry parts that I kinda, sorta skimmed in the hopes that something a tad more interesting would happen. And, happily, it did. Oh, Rue…
The idea behind the book/series is strong. It’s the story that got to me.
The characters I liked most (Haymitch, Cinna, and Rue) didn’t get enough time to shine. I wanted more of all them, even if Rue still met the same fate.
I liked Peeta, much more than Gale, but maybe that’s because Katniss treated him like, well, crap. I always root for the one treated like crap by the ‘heroine’.
The whole Peeta/Katniss/Gale thing reminds me of, yes, Twilight.
Peeta is, and I really can’t believe I’m saying this since I just said I like him, Jacob – the one the girl never notices. Katniss is obviously Bella – uses whoever gets her furthest. And Gale is obviously Edward – the moody, broody one lurking in the shadows.
As far as young adult series that catch of fire and attract everyone’s attention go, The Hunger Games comes third for me – after Twilight and Harry Potter.
All that being said, I do plan to read the other two books…