I read The Hunger Games years ago and loved and figured I’d revisit the series before I got a chance to get the new prequel, The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, from the library. Now that the library has entered the next phase of opening, I should be getting the book in the next week. I’ve been anxiously awaiting the new book.
I’m not a huge YA fan, and I’m selective about the types of science fiction I like, so I was surprised at how I found this book so compelling. As in stay-up-late-to-finish kind of reading.
Reading The Hunger Games for the second time, I still found myself full of anticipation for the next scene, even though I remembered them fairly well. I think Suzanne Collins handled the blood and gore aspect well and didn’t glorify it, which would have been a big turnoff for me.
Some reviewers have complained that Katniss didn’t think about how her actions affected others, but that’s common to someone suffering from PTSD and is just out there trying to survive. There’s no time to dwell, and I think that helps the story and is as realistic as you can get in a post-apocalyptic world.
When I was done with the book, I threw The Hunger Games DVD in the Blu Ray player and gave it a whirl. I think it is an accurate portrayal of the book, even though there were changes and omissions throughout.
I don’t remember the other books as well, so I’m looking forward to revisiting them.
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