After all of the hype and seeing it on virtually every book blog that I had looked at over the past twelve months I decided that it was time I read The Hunger Games just to see what all the fuss was about. I didn’t really know what to expect so I was rather pleasantly surprised that it was much better than I actually thought that it might have been considering that it not at all aimed at someone like myself and wasn’t the sort of thing that I would normally read.
The plot is hardly original to say the least and bares more than a passing resemblance to Battle Royale, a Japanese film about a group of school children who were placed on an island and ordered to kill one another until there was only one left. That is in essence exactly what The Hunger Games is about but there is a whole lot more to it than that which makes them very different spins on the same basic idea and the backdrop to the hunger games is far more sinister than that of Battle Royale. On the other hand Battle Royal is lot more bloody that this is.
Also considering that this is book aimed at younger readers it is extremely graphic and doesn’t pull any punches in its descriptions which is rather surprising for a book for younger readers which is not the sort of thing that I would have read when I was that age, not that there were many books like this written for younger readers when I was a young reader. I guess this is because kids in their teens now are a bit more wordly wise and more exposed to this sort of stuff than I was as a kid which is why it sometimes seems a little be too much for what is essentially a children’s book, but is exactly what the youngters of today are reading.
I liked the way the book was written; it was very easy and quick to read with the pacing spot on throughout. The book ended in a way that made you want to see what would happen next in the overall story arc, but also ended in a satisfactory way if you only wanted to read the first book on its own as a story in its own right.