Non-Spoilery Review Up Here, Spoilers Under The Cut!
I read the first 150 pages of The Hunger Games
while substituting at the middle school library in the beginning of October and I was obsessed. It took me until last week to get copies of the trilogy, and I read them in a mad fury, trying not to read at work because breaking down weeping in front of your students is probably frowned upon.
I don't read a lot of YA books, but I really, really enjoyed these. I particularly loved that the protagonist, Katniss, wasn't perfect. She's stubborn, selfish, obstinate, never listens to anyone - and yet she's still likable. She is fiercely dedicated to the people she cares about, particularly her sister, she does what she sets out to do, no matter the obstacles, and despite alluding to the fact that she doesn't, she cares about people.
The secondary characters are all incredibly memorable and likable, particularly Finnick Odair, Haymitch Abernathy, Effie Trinket, Octavia, Flavius, Venia, Cinna, Rue... (and, as you've noticed, everyone has fantastically fun names) - many of these characters help bring some moments of humor to an incredibly bleak story. And of course Peeta and Gale.
I love that nothing is sugar-coated and things aren't resolved with sunshine and happiness. There is real political stuff going on; it's not just teenage romance and fluff. (Although there IS romance and it's delightful). I'm pretty close to gushing here, but I really, REALLY liked these books. ( The spoilers are down here!Collapse )