A year ago, I saw the movie version of The Hunger Games. I normally wouldn’t see a film adaptation before reading the book, but at the time I wasn’t really planning on reading it. But then The Famine Game was announced – an instance of The Game themed after The Hunger Games. As we’ve never been to Washington D.C., doing a one-week visit there and wrapping it up with The Game seems like a good way to kill two birds with one stone. So of course, this means I’m now reading The Hunger Games trilogy.
Interestingly, this isn’t the first time The Game has lead me to read a YA series. It happened once before when we decided to apply for the Hogwarts and the Draconian Prophecy Game. Donna and I ended up zipping through the entire Harry Potter series, which we both found quite enjoyable. Also, the Hogwarts Game itself was amazing – plus, it was Los Jefes’ first Bay Area Game and our second full length Game. Good times!
Anyway, back to The Hunger Games. If you’ve seen the movie, there’s not much more the book will give you (at least according to my fading memory of the movie I saw a year ago). That said, I enjoyed reading the book. It’s a pretty quick read, the pace is good and Collins’ style is straight-forward. There’s a bit of a recurring theme of teenage emotional exploration (“Is he saying he likes me? But what about my friend G.? Oh, it’s all so confusing!”). Then again, this is a YA novel with a teenage heroine, so I suppose it’s par for the course.
If you’re looking for a readable, engaging book that’s part sci-fi, part dystopian future / political thriller and relatively action-packed, I’d suggest giving The Hunger Games a read. As for me, I’m looking forward to reading the next two books in the trilogy.