The Hunger Games

The Hunger Games The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
My review
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
I do love me some YA books. They’re so quick to read, I can knock em out in a couple of days.

With The Hunger Games, I probably would have liked it more if I hadn’t read Battle Royale a couple of years ago. But since I did, the similarities are too obvious to overlook. About the only difference was the “twist” that the protagonist and her friend throw at the Gameplanners in order for them both to stay alive rather than having to kill one another. While I enjoyed this monkeywrench, as it got to the root of the struggle against the Capitol, I lost my enthusiasm for it when the book closed with the phrase: “End of Book One.” I kinda felt like the author had pulled a bait-and-switch on me there, because by making it into “Book One,” I don’t feel like I got a resolution. I don’t mind if you’re going to make a sequel, but I honestly would have liked this book and its ending better if that last phrase had been eliminated and I could just go on under the illusion that this was the end of the story.
Next up is The Broken Window by Jeffery Deaver.