“Happy Hunger Games! And may the odds be ever in your favour.”The Hunger Games
In my Summer TBR post I listed some books I wanted to read in the next few months. This is me now checking in to say that I actually started reading one of them! As you have most likely already ascertained from the title of this blog post, I have begun reading Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games.
Though the trilogy was hugely popular when the books, and later movies, first came out, the hype has mostly died down. I may be late coming into the series now, but better late than never, right?
As always when reading a book that is or was popular, I brought to this book some prior knowledge about The Hunger Games. I had had the plot of the first movie hastily described to me by a friend directly before watching the second movie in the trilogy. I had heard references of favourable odds and volunteering for tributes. I had seen re-enactments of the three-fingered salute. I think I had even caught glimpses of the first movie at some point here and there. But until now I had never read any of the books.
I obviously haven’t finished the book yet, so this isn’t going to be a full review. If I ever do write a review of this book I will link it here. If that last word isn’t hyperlinked, then I either haven’t finished the book yet or I simply forgot.
Reading this book so far has been a bit of an adventure. I am loving it. For me, reading this is like when you read a book where you already know bits and pieces of the general story, so everything you read feels at once new and yet oddly familiar. Every time I come across a moment which I remember from a movie scene or from hearing people speak of the trilogy, it feels almost bittersweet.
To me this novel is interesting and fast-paced. Katniss seems like an interesting and nuanced character. There are strong elements of dystopian fiction that remind me of Orwell’s Nineteen-Eighty Four and Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale. And it doesn’t hurt that reading this book is starting to make the fragments of the movies I’ve seen make a lot more sense to me now!
So far I am very much enjoying this book and I’m hungry to read more (see what I did there?).