The Hunger Games

The Hunger Games
Author: Suzanne Collins
Date Read: March 2012


My expectations for this book were too high, and so, when I began reading, I was immediately disappointed by Collins' style: it's simplistic and full of incomplete sentences. I know this is stylistic, but it still took some getting used to.

Otherwise, Collins has created a well-rounded sci-fi world in which it's easy to lose oneself. Katniss is likeable and tough, with admirable common sense, which makes it easy to cheer for her throughout the story. The concept of a dictatorial, heavy-handed government is frighteningly rendered, and therefore makes it easy to see how the possibility of a reality game centered around brutal killings could emerge as a form of oppression.

Honestly, Collins could have wrapped up the series here with (spoiler alert) some references to how Katniss' and Peeta's final action in the games was the momentum which led to all of the districts finally rebelling against the Capitol. I would have been fine with everything ending on that note, rather than the trite cliff-hanger that closes this book.