The Hunger Games

So today is one of those days I have absolutely no idea what to write about. I have a killer head/chest cold and it making brainstorming topics impossible. So I’m going to talk about something I read this week.

Anyone read The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins?

I feel like I’m late to the party with this book series. I've heard people talk about it off and on since the first book came out in 2008, but really never paid it any mind. I do love Young Adult books, but I’m really not a post-apocalyptic sort of girl. However, over the last few months, the way The Hunger Games kept popping up became almost comical. I’d be on a forum and see someone talk about it. I'd be out in public and overhear someone say something about it. Everywhere I seemed to turn, I was hearing someone talk about this book.

The final straw was a week ago when I was sitting in my living room and saw it pop up again online. I asked my roommate, “Have you heard of the book called The Hunger Games?”

She gave me a strange look. “Funny you should ask, I had a woman come into work today and see that I was reading Harry Potter and she asked me if I’d read The Hunger Games. What is it about?”

At that moment I decided I was going to read it. I couldn’t ignore the way it kept coming up. Having a Kindle is a curse and a blessing. I had the book within seconds—the blessing. But spent money I shouldn’t have—the curse. Kindle just makes it so easy, lol.

Anyway I started the book the next day. I really don’t know what my preconceived notion was about this book, but what I was reading was not what I was expecting. It was dark, it was twisted and honestly, a few times, made me even wonder how it was a young adult book—Harry Potter fan here, where yes things get dark and twisted but there is a lightheartedness to the books (well except the last one) where Harry Potter is also a teen dealing with teen things.

Guys, The Hunger Games is not that way. It reminded me a lot of Lord of The Flies, where the writing becomes feral at times. Savage. And by the time I was finished, I was cursing myself for waiting as long as I did to read it.

So tell me, has a book you normally wouldn’t read kept popping up in the oddest places and made you decide to read it?

All I can say is I’m so glad I read The Hunger Games. Now I have to finish the rest of the series.


1 comment:

Unknown said...

Just wait until you get going with the rest of the series. I just did a review on the whole trilogy. I loved it, but was a late comer too. Check it out!