Kenna and I just finished reading The Hunger Games. We read it together and liked it a lot. This is the review that I posted on Goodreads:
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Before reading The Hunger Games, I thought it was yet another simple-minded book for early teens. It had been highly recommended to me by more than one friend, but I was skeptical that I'd like it. As a general rule, I don't like works of fiction so I'm very selective when it comes to novels. I decided not to read it.
In the meantime, my wife purchased the book after a friend of hers recommended it. Curious to know if it was a book I would enjoy, I encouraged my 15-year-old son to read it. He declined. Finally, I talked my 11-year-old daughter into reading it. To help get her started, I agreed to read the first chapter to her. Well, it didn't even take that long for me to get pulled in by the story.
My earlier fears were unfounded. The book isn't simple-minded at all, and it's not just for early teens. It has a sophisticated plot and an extensive vocabulary. Yes, the main character is a 16-year-old girl, but the book is an action-packed, blood-and-guts, exciting cliff-hanger. Pretty soon I was not only reading the book to my daughter, but reading it by myself after she was in bed.
The book is at times unnecessarily gory, and it does seem to suffer from plot manipulation. However, the fact that it was able to keep both me and my daughter so interested is no small feat. I've already ordered the sequel (Catching Fire). My daughter and I can't wait to read it.
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