@Pure_Geekery I did like her, but didn't really get a chance to 'know' her, so it didn't really effect me. Any character I thought would be interesting I felt like I didn't see long enough to really care about.
Book Review: The Hunger Games
May the odds be ever in your favor.
I went into The Hunger Games knowing pretty much nothing about it. I had never even heard of the book series until the movie came out. Then suddenly it seemed like everyone I knew was talking about how they had read the books. I got curious, and finally paid the $5 to read it on my kindle, and now I give you my Hunger Games book review.
This story was completely narrated by the main character, Katniss. Who, in my opinion, was pretty dull, and seriously fracking stupid when it comes to basic human feelings. Unless you grew up somewhere isolated, with no human contact in your entire life, then you could never be as ignorant as she was about love.
I started off curious to see how Katniss would win the Hunger Games (because it was obvious that was going to happen), then as I progressed through the story I kept waiting for it to get more interesting, but in the end I just felt like the whole thing was a let down, and pretty predictable. I went into it thinking there would be a lot more action, fighting, and more of the actual “game”. Instead it was mostly about Katniss hanging out in trees (then later in a cave), hunting for food, and avoiding almost everything, as everyone else died (and we don’t really get to ‘see’ much when it comes to the murders, we only know that they happened). When there was any kind of action it was quick, and boring. Then to bore me even more there’s the unconvincing “romance” between Katniss and Peeta.
One of the things that I love about reading is feeling involved in the world described in the book, like I’m a part of it, getting to really know the characters, and caring about them. I want to feel completely immersed in the story. Then when the book comes to an end my mind is still lost in that world, and I crave more. The Hunger Games did none of that for me, so I clearly have no desire to read the follow up stories.
The book was (thankfully) a light, easy read, which I felt had good potential, but it did not live up to all the hype. I didn’t necessarily hate the book, I just left it feeling unfulfilled, and simply didn’t care about it. It probably doesn’t help that I can’t stand Katniss, and it was her dull head I had to be inside for the story. There was never the opportunity to care about any of the characters, which is probably fine since it seems like the few that ever got any attention were not well developed. Others might enjoy it more than I did, but if you like to really get involved with a story and it’s characters, then this book probably isn’t for you.