I cannot stop thinking about this book, three weeks later. Download it RIGHT NOW and read it on your laptop if you haven’t yet. I’ll wait . . .
Back yet? Couldn’t put it down, could ya? Reading this book is like falling in love: fascinating, exhillerating, profoundly uncomfortable.
Here are a few scenes I cannot forget:
In the first chapter, we learn that she is grateful she didn’t drown the orange kitten, even though they are all starving, because the cat brings home mice, and sometimes even a rat. Think about it.
Poor unrequited Peetah has a bit of a lousy role — but he seems like a real sweetheart. I hate that he was so horribly wounded in the last battle — we’ll hear more about that in the second book. [sniff]
I love that the big guy, Thresh, doesn’t kill her because she sang little Rue to “sleep.” [sob!]
I do like that Peetah punched out what-his-name on the train ride. Nobody deserved it more.
How about when she received the bread from Rue’s village, even though they were all starving and Rue was gone? “My thanks to the people of Area 12.” [more sobbing]
Plus of course, when the little girl says “please don’t leave me!” and she says “not going anywhere. Staying right here.” [sound of uncontrolled sobbing. Sniff-sniff. throat-clear.]
I wonder what’s really going on in Area 13? I wonder if anyone lives there.
And talk about courage, who can forget her shooting an arrow through the apple in the pigs mouth at the banquet scene! You go girl!
Speaking of girls, it’s nice to see a strong female lead instead of “Dirk the warrier” and She-rah the scantily-clad eyecandy who can’t resist him (eyeroll). Strong men and women in this one, and plenty of bad-gals as well as -guys.
Those genetic mutations in the final fight scene chilled me to the bone. “Are those their real eyes?” oh ugh!!!
Later: Is Hunger Games too intense for kids?