Thursday, May 10, 2012
'The Hunger Games' by Suzanne Collins
Length: 454 Pages
Opening Line: 'When I wake up, the other side of the bed is cold.'
What's good about this novel?
Being in my 30's I was a bit unsure whether or not I was going to enjoy this novel. However, something intrigued me enough to give this a go.
I thought that this novel is very well written. Suzanne Collins' writing has maturity and is able to convey a lot of information and back story of the characters, without losing the pace of the novel.
The characters in this are very believeable. I also liked the way that the main protagonist of this novel Katniss, is a strong female character, who doesn't pine over boys and is generally silly.
The story itself is rather disturbing at times, there is a lot of violence, but the suspense that's in this novel, meant that I couldn't put this book down. The ending leaves with a cliff hanger, that makes me really want to read the rest of this trilogy.
What's wrong with this novel?
Due to the violent/mature nature of this novel, I'm unsure whether this should be for Young Adults at all. An adult could easily read this novel and still find it uncomfortable reading at times. On the other hand, it's refreshing to see a YA author who doesn't talk down or dumb down their work.
Is this worth a read?
I think that 'The Hunger Games' is worth a read. However if you're easily offended/disturbed, you maybe want to avoid this novel.
Have you read this novel? Do you think this is too mature in content to be considered a 'Young Adult' novel?