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The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games #1)
by Suzanne Collins

4 of 5 stars false
These books are obviously popular right now because of the movies, but unlike some popular books, I do feel they were goods books, for the most part. I did read them before the movies came out. It was hard to believe that it was talking about teenagers killing each other, that it didn’t end with a twist that it was all in virtual reality or something like that, but that would have made it less effective. It is interesting how it reflects how obsessed we are as a society with violence and death. While we don’t have arena fights to the death in coliseums now, we do watch plenty of violence on TV and in the movies, or read about it in books. We just justify it by saying “No humans were harmed in the making of this movie.” But for how long? Will cruel people start filming the violence they commit on Youtube, and will we all think it is fake? Will society stop valuing individual lives? Anyway, the book was tense, although being written in first person, you know Katniss won’t die (unless her ghost were to finish up the books). Also, for some reason, when I read books written in first person, it doesn’t seem like people’s personalities come out as much. Not that Katniss really seemed to have too much of a personality, in my opinion. She felt detached, which is probably the most appropriate reaction if you find out you’re probably going to die. She refused to admit any feelings for Peeta or even Gale, saying they were just friends, even as she used Peeta’s love for her to her advantage. Of the series, I liked the first book the best, the third the least. It was an engaging read, a page turner.
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