Well, I finished the series… finally! I really don’t know what all the fuss was about. Sure there were some good qualities about the series… they were fast reads.
But, I just couldn’t bring myself to actually like them. I couldn’t identify with any of the characters. Katniss was way too whiny and weak. Every time things got a little rough, she gets injured and then spends lots of time recuperating, and walking around in a drugged daze. Not very exciting… The whole love triangle thing between her, Peeta and Gale was eye-rollingly sickening. Pick one already! Or better yet, don’t pick one, grow a spine, and help reconstruct a better way of life for people.
The ending was so abrupt and final – it didn’t leave you wanting more. Maybe that’s a good thing…
There are not many books I haven’t finished reading once I start them; this one was almost added to that list. Let’s just say that the first couple of chapters did not grab me in, in fact, they were kind of off-putting. Katniss keeps whining about having to pretend to be in love with Peeta and then finding out she may have to marry him. boo hoo! If things were as bad as she thinks they are in District 12, having to marry a boy she does not love is the least of her problems. Everyone seems to think Katniss is a strong female character but all I see is a whiny, witless, girl who has absolutely no idea what’s going on in the big picture.
I did finish reading it though, only because I knew it to be a fast read and could get it over with quickly enough. I will read book three, only to find out what happens with the inevitable revolution, not because I’m interested in what Katniss has to whine about next.
I thought it was time to read this book after all the hype.
It’s a very fast-paced story about sixteen year old Katniss, who lives in a dystopian, post apocalyptic America. Every year the Capitol pulls one boy and one girl from each of the 12 districts to “play’ the Hunger Games, which are a brutal reminder to each of the districts what happens when they try to hold a revolution against the Capitol. Out of the 24 kids who enter the arena, only 1 gets out alive and the whole thing is televised, like a “reality TV show.” When Prim, Katniss’ younger sister, gets drawn to be the female tribute from District 12 for the Games, Katniss volunteers to take her place.
This book was a quick read that kept me entertained for an evening or two. I even had a brief eye-watering, lump-in-the-throat moment during one part of it. Rue! For those of you who have read it, you will know what I’m talking about. But most of the time I was rolling my eyes at Katniss and Peeta.