I just finished with the first book in The Hunger Games series by Suzanne
Collins. And even though I was listening to an audiobook I have to say the
experience was breathtaking. It took me just two days to finish.
I picked up the book somewhat reluctantly. Bestsellers often tend
to be too overrated and end up disappointing me. The beginning was nice, but
nothing extraordinary. A rebellious girl trying to maintain and support
her family after her fathers death. With her best friend she hunts in the
forbidden woods etc.
And then, boom! The Reaping Day and on the the Capital and the Hunger Games.
The readers are swiftly swept into a totally mesmerising and twisted world of
the rich and poor. What is the right thing to do? The game over life and death
in portrayed on the border of game and reality, keeping the readers totally
One of the issues I had while reading was the character of
Katniss. She turned out to be quite an egoistic one, instead of the
nobody-cares-about-me-and-doesn’t-even-know-I-exist type introduced to us in
the beginning. The constant reminder of how everybody is watching her and “I’m
definitely on the screen” kind of attitude tired me pretty soon.
Also, I would have loved to see more of Gale and Cinna - two of my instant
favorite characters. Peeta was very sweet, but that’s kinda all there was. I
see, why the overall romance was importad, yet still, I would have done better
with less of it.
Still, the whole book was breathtaking. In some point I discovered
myself gasping for air in the bus, while listening to the audiobook, sadly it doesn't happen often. Definitely recommend it to anyone up to a good action
Now, can't wait to get on the book two - Catching Fire.