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?