I know … I know, I am still in the middle of reading WoT : The Shadow is Rising. I’ve been alternating between reading the ebook and the paperback versions and I have gotten to around 60% of it. I love it; I love the stories and the characters. It’s just … the thought of having to read 9 – 10 more books before the conclusion of it all is a little o.O So since I still need to get through all of those and, really, there’s no rush considering that it’s likely going to take me a couple of years, I figured I’d take a break from it and read something else for a while. Something less epic.
Enter The Hunger Games. The movie was just about to premiere and after hearing good things about the film I decided I want to experience the book first and see how it compares to the film. One of the things I like about this series is the fact that it’s told in the first person, Katniss Everdeen’s perspective. There is a sense of mystery, wondering what is really happening and what everything means when all you are getting is Katniss’ interpretation of the events surrounding her and this is highlighted during the games themselves.
Having won the 74th Hunger Games with Peeta, they both go back into the arena the very next year for the 75th Hunger Games known as the “Quarter Quell”, which pits each of the district’s winners against each other. While only having to form an alliance with Rue, and later on with Peeta, in the first book, she finds herself allied with other district’s tributes in Catching Fire. Her confusion grows as she realizes that these tributes seem to be working towards keeping her alive, while she works to make Peeta the victor.
It irks and confuses me why people compare this series to Twilight. Why? I don’t see any relation between the two. Apparently, the point to compare The Hunger Games with Twilight is the “love triangle” between Katniss, Peeta and Gale. What? Seriously? I’ve only ever really watched the first Twilight film (and I still want my money back) and I wasn’t impressed or interested enough to watch the sequels or read the books. I do know that Twilight is a fantasy and romance novel while The Hunger Games is an adventure and science fiction novel. See the difference?
Yeah, yeah, there’s a complicated love story built into there somewhere but the novels are primarily about the protagonists suffering from oppression, keeping alive during what is essentially a televised massacre and eventually rebelling against the powers that be. It is about suvival.
I’ve just finished the second book and I’m really looking forward to reading Mockingjay, the final installment. I expect it’s going to be as intense as the previous two and maybe even shocking at times. I’m very glad I chose this series as my in-between reading material. Afterwards, I hope to return to my regular programming … that is finishing the rest of WoT.