Review: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
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Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Genre: Young Adult Science Fiction
First Thoughts

At first I was leery about this book since it was starting to get very popular. In general I'm very uncertain of the young adult section of the bookstore, since I've read a lot of books from that section that I didn't like. It doesn't help that I'm 23 years old reading something that is meant for people much younger than me. But the summary for the Hunger Games sounded too good to pass up, especially since I love dark science fiction.

Plot Spoilers

I thought it was interesting that the book was divided up into two parts, and it was kind of needed. The first part of the book was slow, but it had to world build into a highly complex culture. It's such a hard life for the characters since it's almost like a dog eat dog world.

In the games, it was so dark about how tributes are chosen to fight for the death. It literally is a fight for the death since almost everyone is expected to kill each other for mass entertainment.

Katniss has to be one of the strongest female characters in current YA book trends. Even though she starts to have a crush on Peeta, she's an extremely strong character in her own right. She's definitely a survivor and almost brutal. If it wasn't for her developing feelings for Peeta and Rue, I would have thought she was a cold-blooded killer.

Last Thoughts

I want to get the rest of this series. This book was really good for me to read 374 pages in one day, and I almost wanted to skip going to class, since I was that engaged in the book. I was shocked at how open-ended the book was; I wanted to read more.

While I was reading the book, I kept thinking that "big brother" was watching because of how controlling the government was. I would hate to live like that, and I felt pity for the characters. It would have to suck to fight for something that was that deadly.

Writer's Block: Speak and spell
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If you could cast one type of magic spell, which would you choose, and why?

It would be to find things that I keep losing. For serious, I loose things so easily that it would be useful for me to thrill a wand and not have to worry about finding things.

Writer's Block: Cause or symptom?
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Do you believe that violence in media promotes violence in real life? Does media reflect cultural values or can it actively reshape them?

I think media reflects cultural values and sometimes tries to actively reshape them. I think it also affects people who are impressable.

Writer's Block
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As much as I hate to say it, but I've been writer's blocked ever since my mother passed away in 2009. I think my grief went too far and has greatly affected my writing as the last two novel projects I scraped had both main characters' mothers dead or dying in them. Right now those two novel concepts could be too emotionally hard on me, so I've decided to write something else.

This weekend I read a Romeo and Juliet graphic novel, and the concept of a tragic pairing had pratically seemed so ideal to me to write about. I'll admit that I love dark romance and tragic couples, and this had created some plot bunnies for me. For the time being, I'm going to write about tragically dark romance.

Now I can't figure out what to name the characters, but I think I'll use the names from Shakespeare's play for the rough draft. Currently I will be looking up names for the characters.

Writer's Block: Passing the time
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What's your favorite thing to do on long car rides?

I like to write short stories, read short stories and listen to music. Normally I do this frequently when I go home for short breaks.

Writer's Block: In the jungle
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Which animal would you choose to be for a day, and why?

I would chose to be a cat since cats are cool. I'm currious to see how the world would look through all nine of my cat's eyes, so that's why I would like to be a cat.

Reading List for the rest of 2010
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For the rest of the year, I'll be reading and reviewing several books. I know that there's very little time left until the end of 2010, but I'll try to finish all the books. Mostly I'll read the books in random order and blog about them.

  • 1. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  • 2. Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
  • 3. Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton
  • 4. Howards End by E. M. Forester
  • 5. Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
  • 6. Twilight by William Gay
  • 7. All Quiet on the Western Front
  • 8. Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout


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