Saturday, August 27, 2011

The Hunger Games: A Legitimate Review

I have now finished the Hunger Games.
"Wow, that was quick!" you may be thinking. I'd have to agree.
I devoured this book. (Figuratively, of course.)
Those of you who read my First Impression post are probably confused. Did something in the book change? Did Suzanne Collins's writing suddenly transform? No, the truth is that a great plot can even salvage bad writing.
Now, to be fair, it wasn't terrible. I followed most of it easily and I can easily say that I've read worse, just not in a published book. The story itself was captivating and had me riveted, though. I could wait to see what happened to Katniss. I was eager to find what lay in store for her in the final pages of the book. Mrs. Collins proved her skill in creating both an enthralling story line and a slew of fascinating characters with more depth than I had expected. I found myself connected to Katniss, Gale, Rue, Peeta, Haymitch, even Effie.
While her odd writing style, fragmented sentences, and obnoxious punctuation were irritating; they didn't detract from the story nearly as much as I had expected. They certainly prove that her footing is firmer in the television industry she is emerging from. Yet, her feet aren't stuck there and she seems to be prying them loose.
By the way, I will be shelling out those extra euros for the second and third books in the Hunger Games trilogy.

Friday, August 26, 2011

The Hunger Games: First Impression

I have heard so much about this book that I suppose I was expecting something on par with any of my favorite books. Ever a fantasy lover, I picked up the Hunger Games after the many raving reviews I heard and expected a great literary thriller on par with Starlighter by Bryan Davis or something of that nature.
What I received, after reading only the first chapter, is a thick wave of disappointment. Now before you start attacking me here, I am only on the first chapter and I do plan to continue reading. Prim has just been chosen for the Games (don't act like that's a spoiler-- it's on the back of the book) and I want to know what happens next.
The plot line itself isn't what bothers me. Up to this point, it's kept my attention, which is more than I can say for the first chapter of quite a few good books.
No, what irritates me is Mrs. Collins' writing. Her style is odd and disconnected, though written in first person and hard to read. Perhaps I'm expecting too much, having just finished the second book in the Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini only hours ago, but I still can't rid myself of this distaste quite yet. Her grammar is atrocious and makes me feel like I have that itch that's just under my skin, so that no matter how hard I scratch, the irritating feeling can't be eradicated.
Okay, I'll stop ranting before the pitchforks and torches start lining up outside of my apartment. I would like to be able to go to the bookstore in peace. However, if the novel continues in this fashion, I doubt I'll be shelling out any more euros for the rest of the trilogy.

See my review upon actually finishing the book here. :)