So it was a strange and unusual thing that I discovered “The Hunger Games” series before the series was complete. I can be a slow learner.
I also am a slow reader. Remember those reading tests in school when you had to read a short story timed, and then answer a bunch of questions about the story? TORTURE.
Also, I just can’t stay awake and read for hours. Movies are the same way. This is why I can quote the first 15 minutes of several movies. I know, I’m the wildest and most exciting 24-year-old you know.
All this to say “The Hunger Games” was a game-changer.
I could not put that book down. I read at stoplights, stayed awake for hours, and spread that book around like a wildfire. I’m now on my third journey through the first book, and not much has changed.
Actually, some things have changed. Okay, one thing changed. I’ve read “The Mocking Jay” since then.
I think it’s safe to say that I would give “The Hunger Games” (book 1) 5 stars. Clearly, I haven’t gotten tired of it. However, now that I’ve read the entire series, I feel like there needs to be a warning label on my recommendation.
The material is heavy. When “The Mocking Jay” was released, I reread the first two books in preparation for the third installment. It took me approximately 1 week to read the entire series. Holy cow. I was so emotionally exhausted after this, I think I took a break from reading all together for a short time (probably a very short time.)
Now, as I’m reading the first book for the third time, it’s actually bumming out. I think it’s because I know where we’re going and how it’s going to end. I’ll stop there to avoid spoiling the entire series, but I hope you get the point.
In my opinion, the first book is great. The second book is good. The third book just tore me apart and put a damper on the whole series.
One other thing: As I reread the first book, I’ve found myself asking: “Why in the world is this good? I mean the subject matter is awful.” I couldn’t quite put my finger on it, and then a friend sent me this article. This put into words part of my conflict. I’d encourage you to give it a read.
I’m not going to lie. I’m pretty excited for the movie, and I may or may not be going to a midnight showing tonight. (Told you I was wild and crazy.)
Until then, this girl is going to read a little more, take a quick nap, and hope I don’t dream of the arena. Yikes.