Wednesday, February 10, 2010

A Reblog

Normally we don't reblog.  Normally we don't blog about books that have spent over a year hovering around the top of the New York Times Best Seller List, have already received fistfuls of great reviews, and most everyone seems to have some degree of familiarity.  Normally I don't read books that most everyone in the Shop has already devoured.  Curiosity finally got the better of me, and I just finished Suzanne Collins' The Hunger Games.  It is that good.

So here, once again, is Marcy's blog about the book.

I've heard others at the shop rave about The Hunger Games so often that I finally picked it up, just so I would know what all the fuss is about. And now, predictably, I will also rave about it :) This book has EVERYTHING that I like in a young adult book:

1. A unique, non-cliched premise: In a futuristic America, the capitol entertains its own people, and punishes the outlying districts for a long-ago rebellion, by demanding a yearly "tribute" of a boy and a girl  for a last-man-standing fight to the death in the televised Hunger Games (think WAY hard-core reality tv show);

2. A strong girl protagonist: Kat has been the main provider for her family since her father was killed, even though hunting and trading are highly illegal in her poverty-stricken district, and now will be forced to leave them to be her district's tribute;

3. Just enough of the mushy stuff- There are definitely  a few interesting romantic angles in this book, but not enough to be overwhelming;

4. Tension, action and adrenalin (although I won't say any more than that for fear of ruining any of the plot);

aaaand, MOST importantly....

5. A sequel! I did NOT want this book to end, and was extraordinarily pleased to discover that the sequel, Catching Fire, starts up right where Hunger Games leaves off, so I had more story immediately. Yay!

- Marcy


Jonathon Arntson said...

Yes, but the wait for the third book is excruciating!

Little Shop of Stories said...

Book 3, which does not have an official title as of yet, comes out on August 24th. We agree, the wait is tough.