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Monday, May 10, 2010

Review: The Hunger Games

I started The Hunger Games this morning and finished it in a day. It was an incredibly compelling read for me, making me understand why my mom found reality TV so compelling.

The story is about a girl, Katniss, who volunteers to take the place of her beloved sister for The Hunger Games, an annual event at the Capital of her country (set in a future North America) where 24 children are brought together to fight to the death on TV in a Survivor-like environment. Suzanne Collins throws in twists like sponsors of the various contestants being able to send gifts to the participants in time of need, and the game-masters being able to control the environment to some extent.

The protagonist is what you would expect a heroine to be: resourceful, talented, strong, and smart. The action is fast-moving and quick: at no point is the reader even left time to be bored, contemplative, or able to question the premise. This could easily be turned into a movie, though perhaps one that's a bit too brutal to watch if depicted in all its glory. You really do feel like you're watching as the protagonist manipulates the environment, her opponents, and even her audience to survive challenge after challenge.

All in all, a good read, and I guess I'll be checking out the next book from the library.

11 comments:

Russel said...

You may have noticed that this book is available on Kindle but the the next one, Catching Fire, isn't. Any ideas why that is?

Piaw Na said...

The Kindle Edition of this book is here. Maybe it's not available in your country?

Russel said...

I was talking about Catching Fire, the next book in the trilogy. It just seems a little weird that the first book is on Kindle but the second isn't.

Xianhang Zhang said...

Sounds like the classic Japanese movie Battle Royale.

Piaw Na said...

It's not odd. Dead tree books publishers are trying to kill ebooks and the Kindle.

Piaw Na said...

I guess I'll have to rent Battle Royale and watch it when I get time. :-)

KevinKevin said...

Did you say you got it from this placed called the "library"? I think I've heard it from my parents at one point, is that a legacy thing where one needs to physically walk into the door and have to physically find it, read it, then finally return it or else get fined a whopping 5 cents a day? Tell me more about this "library". History is so fascinating...

Piaw Na said...

You obviously don't live in Silicon Valley. "The Library" is this on-line location where you login and order your books (for free!).

When the books arrive at your local delivery depot (a 15 minute bike ride for me), you get e-mail to come pick it up. You get the books for 3 weeks, and if no one else wants it you can renew it twice for up to 9 weeks before having to return the book to the depot.

And yes, it's all free, except for fines, which I never pay.

KevinKevin said...

Meh, the fact that you have to renew, then physically go on location to pick up, then physically go on location to drop it off... sounds 20th century to me.

Piaw Na said...

Hahaha. The renewal part is because of the unlimited number of books out. I suppose a library that limited you to 2 books out at a time with no renewal would be OK with you. :-)

Piaw Na said...

Looks like Catching Fire came out for the Kindle.