“The Hunger Games” is a rare, unbalanced book for three big reasons:
1. The book is in three “acts”, as I assume each book might be. In this first installment, while starting slow in the first part, the second part is better, and the third part is great. While the editing job and breadth of vocabulary has room for improvement and expansion respectively, there is a great story here, complete with constant emotional climb that will likely have you wanting to read the next book a.s.a.p. — “Catching Fire.” I didn’t think I would wanna jump right into book two for nearly the whole time I read this, but I did once I got into part three “THE VICTOR.”
2. Me being picky about how it was marketed: — The novel, while being “young adult” is hardly for anybody under 16, and yet, given the gore and heavy subject matter, I’m surprised it didn’t go further. It was like some one really wanted this to be for kids just because there are kids in it (?), but that’s a weak reason. This artistic choice does a disservice to the potential of the series and it’s adult readers. Being edited “down” for teens (possibly), I’m left with is wanting more realism, blood, sex, and want questions answered (probably coming in book TWO). I felt like Katniss knew she was telling “us” a story and kept some of her emotions at bey. It’s one thing to keep her emotions from the other characters, and while she was honest with us, I wanted more. You cannot make this tale “children-friendly”, so why not market it as just a dark novel and have it aimed at everyone? There should have been sex in the cave scene, language all around, and more descriptive nightmares about what Katniss, the main character, has seen. We get a sense of these torments, but them seem “PG-13-ified.” Make it R-rated. Hell, make it X-rated.
3. There are some big set-ups in this book, and the unanswered questions the reader has at the end will make them curious to continue the series. As a stand alone book, it’s a solid start, but as part of a trilogy, this is only the beginning of (hopefully) a worthy series of all it’s insane buzz!!! While i respect the series right now, “Catching Fire” is going to be the “make it or break it” installment that needs to answer some questions and make me fall in love with Panem and the characters. The really interesting stuff is going to come after the games. I can tell. I just hope it’s written and edited well. Let’s get epic, please. Time to get political, and time to start that love triangle.
p.s. this is a visual story that can write itself as a movie. If you’re not a big reader, see the movie when it comes out. You’re not missing the book of the year or anything. If you like survival and paranoia and a bit of mystery, read this, but don’t expect Twilight or Harry Potter. This is neither.
My take on it: (7.9/10)