The Hunger Games

I want to do something, right here, right now, to shame them, to make them accountable, to show the Capitol that whatever they do or force us to do there is a part of every tribute they can’t own.

Kids killing kids … who thought this would work as a young adult novel? And yet it does, somehow. Without compromising the characters, without implausible plotting, without being gratuitously violent, Suzanne Collins’s The Hunger Games works. More than that, it shines.

But, of course, most of you already know that.

My grade: A-

I have to admit, though, that I’m a bit leery of the sequels. I have to wonder if things will get less interesting once the conflict has been transplanted back to the “real world” (as happened in both Ender and Neo’s cases). For those of you who’ve read Catching Fire, how much of a shift in tone are we looking at? Does Collins continue to impress?

2 responses to “The Hunger Games

  1. I was very happy with the sequel. I tend to feel the same way about sequels, because they almost always lose the energy that the first books have. I think she did a great job with this one, though, and keeps things moving.

  2. So, I can’t really say too much without giving away plot points in Catching Fire. But I will say that I actually liked Catching Fire more than Hunger Games. I felt like the tension and plot were just turned up a few notches from where it was in Hunger Games. Totally didn’t see anything coming. And now here I sit on the edge of my seat until Mockingjay comes out. Brilliant first two books. Hopeful for the third…

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