I am an idiot. I should have read this book four years ago. I didn’t. I remember ordering a copy in for my wife because she had loved Suzanne Collins’ Gregor series. She loved it. She told me to read it. I didn’t. Other people read it at our bookshop, loved it, raved about it. I didn’t read it. The trilogy went on to be absolutely huge. Bigger than Twilight (which I did read the first 3 and a half books). But I still didn’t read it. Because sometimes I’m an idiot. I did try listening to the audio but gave up very quickly. I felt like the narrator was talking down to me. So that was it. I pretty much figured I’d never read it. It wasn’t for me. Not my kind of book. It was YA, about a girl, definitely not for me. Wrong. I am an idiot.
I recently flew to New Zealand to attend the Booksellers NZ conference and on the flight over watched The Hunger Games film. Quickest flight ever. Was totally addicted straight away. Saw the errors of my ways immediately. This was what everyone was raving about. I had to read this.
There is so much going on in this book. It is political, it is current and it is futuristic. It is gripping, engaging and thought provoking. The action is incredible. The world Collins creates is breath taking and not at all far fetched. It is actually so close it is scary. No wonder so many younger readers are eating this up. It taps into to so much that is going on right now from the media to Government and how both manipulate each other and how the audience and participants are stuck in the middle, manipulated and manipulating. Collins deftly conveys cynicism without being cynical and romance without being overly romantic while also expertly capturing fear, courage and hope.
There is so much to love about this book and it characters. I maybe four years late to the party but the beauty of books is that doesn’t matter. I’ve already dived straight into Catching Fire and can’t wait to watch the film again. If you wavered about reading this book like I did or haven’t even considered it, do yourself a favour and grab a copy because this is something special that will be read for many, many years to come.
Classification: General fiction (Children’s / Teenage)
Format: Paperback (198mm x 123mm x 28mm)
Publish Date: 1-Dec-2011
Country of Publication: United Kingdom