|The Hunger Games|
The first book in the Hunger Games series was the first ever book to have blown my mind away - and so far, the only one. I was never big with love triangles, so each time I stumble upon its Goodreads page and read its summary, instead of being tempted to read it for the otherwise interesting description, my automatic response was to take a step back and look for other interesting books.
I wouldn’t have bought the first book if it weren’t for my dementia, really. As I was browsing the books in my local bookstore, I accidentally stumbled upon The Hunger Games. I felt like I saw it before, but I couldn’t quite put my finger on it. I decided that it was among my wishlist – the ugly cover aside - and single-blindedly bought it instead. I didn’t recognize it to be the book I kept distancing myself from until I finished it.
The Hunger Games was a lot like Battle Royale. Both were thrilling, exciting and asthma-inducing – some of the reasons why I came to heart the two so much. The most apparent thing that separated this two though, is that THG has a lot more into it than just kids killing each other off. THG flowed smoothly despite of its complicated plot. The characters had a lot of flaws but in a way, it just contributed to the genius of the book
One of the most talked about topics THG fans often debate about would be the love triangle. And I admit, the thought of who's going to end up with Katniss brought me some sleepless nights as well. I was on Team Gale until Peeta showed up. I found his baking skills quite sexy, lol. The two were complete opposites. Peeta was a baker, a painter, and a blond whereas Gale was a hunter, a fighter, and dark-haired. Gale and Katniss had a lot in common, and the fact that they were childhood friends made them a perfect match for each other. Peeta, on the other hand, while he's someone you can't call a fighter, he has the awesome ability of using words to reach people's minds. And hearts. I loved that he could make sense of the things people don't make sense of. And all with just a few words. He was awesome like that. I've read a lot of debates about those two, all opinions seemed reasonable. But, the moment Collins hinted who Katniss was going to choose, I couldn't agree more. I decided that Collins was a genius.
However, the ending wasn't the only disappointing part of the book most people think. And on that, I agree with them. Being a story about war, it's not unlikely that characters would die. I was disappointed and frustrated. I weeped when the most unlikely people you think would die were the ones who did. But it only made the book become more realistic. The characters' lack of time to grieve for them was what made their death's impact on me so strong. I felt like I had to mourn for them instead.
How ironic is it that The Hunger Games trilogy has all the qualities in a book I'd love to hate: characters die and love triangles with no certainty who'd win the girl's heart. Who knew that this would be my all time favorite series? I totally didn't see that coming.
So, to all people who haven’t read the series yet, but plan to, the only advice I can give you is buy all the three books first before reading the first. Trust me, the cliff hangers will make you really hanging - figuratively.
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