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.

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