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Hello. So first question: Who read just 'The Hunger Games' and who (this girl) got addicted and read all three books?
Did we all love the book? I really enjoyed it. Though, to be honest, I did not find Katniss to be the most likable character.
I did the same, Heidi. And now I can't wait for the movie.
I read "The Hunger Games" in about three days, but I wasn't sufficiently hooked to immediately read the next two, although I plan to at some point.
Claudia, Katniss gets better after the first book, I thought.
Hmmmm - No comment, since not everyone has read the next two, I'll refrain from discussing my thoughts on that :)
I read that Collins intended the book to be a commentary on the effect of war on children - what do readers think of what she had to say?
She seemed cold to me. Seeing to play with both Peeta's and Gale's emotions. And not being close to her mother bothered me as well.
As for the effects of war on children...do ya'll think she accomplished that? I just don't really see Katniss as a child - maybe because she did seem cold, or maybe just world-weary.
My kids are hooked on the books, too. My daughter, 14, convinced me to read "The Hunger Games," and my son, 10, is reading them now -- he woke up early today to read it, in fact.
@Claudia, I thought that was part of the brilliance - there are no children in war-time.
... childhood is a luxury for peaceful countries/times.
I'll agree that Katnis was not the most likable character, but I thought it fit well with the story. Life in District 12 was harsh and the brutal killings that took place in the arena were difficult to read. It seemed fitting that Katnis would be cold and lack the ability to connect.
What about Rue? She seemed to be able to maintain a piece of childhood.
@Claudia, yes, but then she died.
@Claudia. Yeah, Rue got whacked!
I only read "The Hunger Games" (and the other 2) because my college daughter was so into them. I was afraid it was another vampire series. But it was very addictive.
Also, we find out in the second and third books that Rue's district admired her. Although Katnis had her admirers in District 12, she was not universally loved by them.
One of the things that I found fascinating (as did some book club questions I found online) was that the tributes were always on camera. And even off camera, were often suspicious that they were being watched. This idea of constant surveillance frightened me almost as much as the violence. Would you be the same person if you were constantly watched? I don't think I would be.
I also don't think I could maintain quite the level of indifference on camera that Katniss did.
I was interested in how a society can get to the point where it finds amusement and "teaching a lesson" by watching children kill each other.
How far into the future do you think this takes place?
I think it's cool that a 10-year-old boy can relate to Katniss, as a lead character.
@Deanna, maybe the "not too distant future"? I think there are scary ways our society already gets entertainment from watching children do horrible things - the thing that just came to mind is the child sex trade.
That's what I was thinking, too. It doesn't take long for a society to spiral downhill.