Tuesday, May 17, 2011

The Hunger Games, Book One: by Suzanne Collins

Things to love: One of the best things about this book is that it has a clear voice throughout the story. This voice allows for no confusion about who Katniss Everdeen is to the reader. I love that she is the antithesis to the vulnerability that Bella Swan portrays in, Twilight. As the story progresses, the reader can quickly see that not only does Collins have a talent for portraying a strong character, but she also has a brilliant ability to craft a suspense driven story. Her utilization of first person present tense takes our breath away and adds to the reader's ability to really feel like they are a part of the action as Katniss is hunted in the Games.

Things to hate: At times the story can take on an anecdotal tone, like a mother telling her child a scary bed time story. The parts that pertain to the cat Buttercup particularly bring forward this element. While the cat was meant to bring forward emphasis upon the fact that Katniss is stepping into the mothering role for her little sister, the cat is not a strong enough character in the story to completely bring forward this idea for the reader.

Things to note: This story is very enjoyable, though, and I would recommend this story to anyone who likes suspenseful stories.

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