I have never taken so long to read a book, as I have with The Hunger Games. It’s not because I didn’t enjoy the book, but because I was picturing Jennifer Lawrence instead of putting the imagery pieces together in my head. Usually, I will always read the books before I watch the movie, but with this trilogy I watched the first movie and then found out it was a book series. It was quite a fail!
I loved the movies, but because I already knew what was going to happen, I kept putting the book down. I wanted to live in the book and picture what was going on in my own way, but all I could see was the movie. This was not the only reason that I took so long to read it – I hadn’t really read anything four months prior due to mourning the ending of two books. The Hunger Games was the first book I picked up to try and get over my mourning period.
I finished reading The Hunger Games less then an hour ago, and by the end, I was back in book mode. It was as close to the movie, more than any book has ever been and I was so happy that the movie didn’t butcher the book.
There were a few things that I don’t remember in the movie, like mentions on the Axon girl. They changed a few things – like the mockingjay pin Katniss gave to Prim, that she bought from the hub in the movie, she got from the Mayor’s daughter in the book. I didn’t know Haymitch was a previous tribute from District 12, till I read the book. Did they say that in the movie, or was it implied? Maybe I will just add that to my fails!
One of the things I LOVED and thought was brilliantly creepy, was the muttations in the book. Did you know what was special about these creatures?
These Mutts are the tributes that have died – well not actually them, but their features, especially their eyes. Was this spoken of in the movie? Ugh! This can be the theme of this book review ‘Was this mentioned/referred to/implied in the movie?’. When it was written in the book, I could visualize it and it was awesome!
If you haven’t read this book, I highly recommend it! I am very excited to read the next two books!
If I strongly dislike a book, I always remind myself that there are a billions of people in this world – all with different tastes, thoughts, feelings and brain structures, based on experiences, upbringing and many other factors. I also remind myself that this is someone’s work, their idea and vision. They stayed up late writing, editing and probably spent a great deal of time in the shower thinking. They were excited because they received a phone call saying their book is going to be published, so they rang around and told their friends and family and perhaps even went out to dinner to celebrate.
The only thing I liked about this book, was the beautiful cover and they fact that it took place in Alaska. But that is a far as it goes. The insert in the book jacket explained the tale of two people going through a difficult time in their marriage and their adult daughter gets in between. That’s all it said… and that is all the book was about. It was like hearing someone tell you every detail of their life – but nothing happens. Some characters just disappear and you don’t hear about them again. The writing isn’t “quoted”, it can be difficult at the start to know who is talking when. The ending was a huge let down – imagine someone telling you this life story that nothing happens in, and then they just get up and leave.
Adult children take a speed boat from the Alaskan mainland to Caribou Island, to see if their parents are okay, they are travelling down the river… the end! That is the book!
It currently has 4 and a half stars on Good Reads, one review rated it with 5 stars, calling it a masterpiece. If you have read it, I would love to hear your opinion on it!
Happy Sunday x