I just finished the Hunger Games book… I couldn’t put it down once I started (literally!!). I’ve always considered myself a slow reader, and it took me only 14hours to read (not too long really). I was in suspense the whole time, and completely immersed in the plot and characters. I thought Suzanne Collins did an excellent job of presenting just enough information to give you a good idea of what was going on in the plot, while letting your imagination fill in the other details.
The movie is out now, but I haven’t seen it yet… hopefully soon! I’m wondering how they have condensed such an action-packed book into a movie!
The book is filled with things made from scratch (in District 12 and in the Games), and I was really excited about this aspect of the story. Everything from herbal remedies, meals and clothes, to weapons and shelters are made with things on-hand or gathered from nature. The main city in Panem, the Capitol, is a stark contrast to the from-scratch lifestyle, where everything is ‘perfectly’ made for you without you ever seeing the process, raw pieces, or dealing with the makers. It reminds me of “our” modern lifestyle, with everything pre-made… and also reminds me of why I love making things myself or buying from those who make hand-made items.
I highly recommend this book. If you’ve read it, I’d love to hear your thoughts!