It’s time for my last book review of July. And this week it is actually a reread for me of an oldie but goody. Yep, I have finally reread The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. Let’s do this!
For those that I don’t know I have a strange history with The Hunger Games. I saw the first film before discovering that it was based on a book and ended watching Catching Fire as well before actually picking the books up. I read The Hunger Games in late 2013 or early 2014 and I loved it. I read the whole book in one sitting, it completely destroyed me but also sparked a love of dystopian in me. Immediately after finishing it I picked up Catching Fire and read about 85% of it in one sitting. Then I put it down to go to bed and never picked it up again. I had slipped into a slump and ended up basically forgetting about it. I have been wanting to reread and finish this trilogy for a couple of years now, ever since I brought myself physical copies of it (I originally read it as eBooks) and now I have finally started to.
This time around I decided to listen to the audiobooks instead. Having already read it I thought that this was the best approach (I tend to do this with rereads) and once again I ended up listening to the whole book in basically one sitting. I listened to about 2 hours just before bed, woke up and listened to the remaining 9 hours in one go. It was still that good.
I will be honest and admit that I had forgotten a lot more of this story then I thought that I had. I had forgotten just how dark and violent it was. I had forgotten just how much pain and suffering there is and how much you really end up rooting for the characters. obviously the plot twists didn’t take me by surprise the second time around, but I still thought that they were so well done. I think the reason why this book is so good is because there has never been a book quiet like it, before or since. The story is utterly unique.
I think what I noticed most this time around through is how complex this world is. The first time I read it I was focusing so much on the main storyline, on whether Katniss would survive, would Peeta, was their relationship genuine and so on that I didn’t really take the time to notice the rest of the story and the world. But now I have been able to truly notice and appreciate it. Collins really has created a brilliant world that actually feels possible and real. something that I have failed to feel about may dystopians. This world feels genuine.
All in all, I am so glad that I decided to reread this book. I can’t see myself waiting long before picking up Catching Fire again. This book was just as good the second time around.
5 out of 5
Have you read The Hunger Games? Does my history with the series anger you? I hope that you have enjoyed todays post and I will see you all again very soon.