So—I wanted to wait to read this book after the series was finished, and then everyone loved it, so I put off reading it again. I seem to have this issue with not being on the one to recommend things. Seems like a bad idea for a librarian to be this way, huh? J You can read the summary here http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2767052-the-hunger-games Don’t read the summaries for Catching Fire or Mocking Jay unless you have read the one before (no spoilers that way!)
Once I started reading Hunger Games, I couldn’t stop. I think it took me about 3.5 to 4 hours. I was drawn into the world of Panem; I don’t want to live there, but I couldn’t look away either. I cared about the relationships Katniss developed with Peeta, Haymitch, Cinna, and her prep team. I needed to remember that Katniss was just a kid, when she didn’t grow personally fast enough to suit me. She’s smart, skilled, but stubborn. I cried in one place in this book—District 8’s gift to Katniss touched me unexpectedly. After reading so many YA books, it was nice to be surprised that way.
I’d recommend this book to guys and girls who are interested in a fast paced book with real characters that react like we would if we were thrown into such hard circumstances.