Monday, March 19, 2012

A Season Of Reading - The Hunger Games

I haven’t been withholding from you and not reporting on books I’ve read; I just took a reading hiatus while I was focused on 5k training and Bible Study.  However, my life is leveling out, and I tore through a book last week I want to tell you about. 

Now just FYI, whenever I see a book blow up in popularity, I am very skeptical.  I am sure you are too.  This was no exception.  However, when a lot of my friends had read and raved, I started thinking I just needed to commit and jump aboard the train.  So, I borrowed it from some friends, and sat down to give it a chance. 

If I am honest, I was hooked from the beginning.  It is absolutely not a nice story.  In fact it is full of evil, deceit, manipulation, fear and so much more.  What caught my attention at first was that I relate to the way the main character (and many other characters) responded to the ideals presented by the Capitol in the book.  Her sense of moral and understanding of the way the system was set-up as unequal and frustrating was something that resonated in my spirit.  To even begin to outline the story would give too much away, but what you need to know is that it is a book about power.  Not just power of people, but also the power of fear. 

So why did I love it?  In short, it really transports you into their world.   I love reading about someone conquering fear.  You feel like you are there with them, brushing through the trees, panting for water, and fighting for your life… Or at least a member of the audience watching in anticipation.  The concept is also baffling.  As each new detail unfolds you find yourself more and more intrigued by where the author is going with it all.  It keeps you on the edge of your seat like a movie would, and the words jump off the page.  I felt my heart racing when situations got intense, and I found myself frustrated and disgusted when something happened I didn’t agree with.  I guess you can just say, it came alive.  You can't stop turning the pages...

This will be the first time I have read the book before seeing the movie (which premieres next weekend).  I am so excited to have accomplished that task!  I love that I will be able to be one of the people who compares the book and the movie as I walk out of the theatre.  I will have to report back to you my thoughts on the matter!

1 comment:

  1. I read the trilogy a couple months ago too. It was really thought provoking and even convicting! I found myself seeing my own behavior taken to the extreme in the Capital ideology! Not pleasant! Really good read.