There are not many books that make you say ‘wow’. Originality in fiction is hard to achieve and something that few authors ever really manage. However, I’ve just read The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins! I’m usually very reticent to read books that have been successful films and especially when they are targeted as a teen story, but as I was going to be travelling with my teenage step-son I thought I’d find something that would keep him entertained. I am so glad I did. The book kept me riveted.
It is so visually written, something few writers are good at. It came as no surprise to me that Suzanne Collins write for television before she write her novels and it strikes me that was an excellent background. I am told the film is faithful to the book, but as Collins made the adaptation again this is unsurprising.
This is not just a teen book. There is enough meat in it for anyone who enjoys a good story and it is well written. The occasional slip of the subjunctive, but quite honestly that’s something I’m having to learn to let go of as it is almost impossible to do it correctly and have a finished product that sounds good in modern English. This book is a future classic. Unusually, I will reread it at some point. Equally unusually I also want to see the film. It is the Brave New World of the 21st century and may well be studied in future English lessons if those who set the curriculum have any sense. It is believable, emotional without being unacceptably so, fast paced and gritty. Although it has a female lead and is written by a woman it is as appealing to teenage boys as girls and I suspect adult boys as well.
This book deserves the success it has achieved and I hope we will see more from the author. I certainly plan to read the other two in the trilogy and wonder if at the end of book three I will feel the same anguish at its ending that I did at book one.