Well, we may as well get down to it. As the title of this post implies, until earlier today, I had never read The Hunger Games.
. . .
I’m sure that’s crazy to many of you. While you’re recovering from your intense shock, let me explain. I’ve been interested in the series for a while, but there are so many other books to read, and my parents weren’t sure they wanted me to get into this one. Eventually, though, they said I could read it.
Our library is closed right now, but my sister stopped at our church library and grabbed all three of the Hunger Games books for me. (Thanks, Halt.)
I finished book one this morning and book two about half an hour ago. Because I know I’ll also blaze through Mockingjay, and I can only read it for the first time once (it’s always disappointed me, the way that works), I decided to take a break from reading to tell you all what I thought of the book.
I’m going to try to avoid it, but there will definitely be some spoilers for The Hunger Games in this review/ramble/thing. So if you haven’t read the book (or seen the movie — I don’t know how similar the plots of the two are, though) and want to, maybe you should come back to this post after you do so.
Plus, this all will make a lot more sense if you’ve read the book.
before I read the book…
…I already knew some things about the plot. I got the concept of the Hunger Games themselves (if you don’t know, it’s basically a live TV event in which 24 kids try to kill the others and be crowned the victor. Yep, it gets pretty gory) and I knew about the love triangle (and how it ends up — but I’m pretty sure that even without knowing, I would’ve shipped Katniss and the guy she actually ends up with). Plus some stuff about Finnick and Annie (thanks to my friend hawkeyerules — if you read this, then hi!), but apparently they don’t come in until later, so that wasn’t helpful.
Honestly, I haven’t been avoiding spoilers for the series at all. I didn’t know when I was going to read it and I didn’t really care if I knew some things about it.
So I went into it with some ideas and expectations (and not all of them were right).
my thoughts while reading chapters 1-11
I started writing down my thoughts while I was reading the book. Here are some of my incoherent thoughts as I read (and the stuff in parentheses is my thoughts now, reading what I wrote):Read More »