So I'm a bit behind the times. Most of you have probably not only read the book but watched the movie, and put the freebie poster inside your cupboard door. (Or maybe that's just me and my Twilight fixation).
I started the book last Friday, while waiting in an excrutiangly long queue to renew my driver's license. As anyone following me on Twitter that day will know, I had to stop on page 24 because I didn't think crying in public would go down too well.
Then I picked the book up again on the Sunday evening, and couldn't put it down again until I'd reached The End. At 4am. With my alarm set to go off at 6am Monday morning [Shhhh - don't tell my boss!]
The Hunger Games, for those who have yet to read it, is a combination of Highlander, Logan's Run and Survivor in which the lone survivor of a barbaric futuristic reality show gets to live.
The heroine is Katniss Everdeen, a remarkably resourceful young woman who goes from underdog to show favourite thanks to a cast of delightful secondary characters, including her blind-drunk mentor, a savvy stylist, a whole horde of villains, and (for those who, like me, adore a good love triangle) two gorgeous heroes.
It's hard to point out what I loved most about this book, as there was just so much. But I think perhaps the aspect that comes up trumps is the book's pacing. Suoerbly crafted like the best TV dramas, the book sweeps us through highs and lows, catches us unawares, twists around, reveals tantalising glimpses, and never ever gets boring. Hence the lack of sleep.
Have you read Suzanne Collins' trilogy yet? What did you think? And am I in for a similar treat with book two (once I've caught up on some sleep)?
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