What’s the biggest book you’ve read recently?
(Feel free to think “big” as size, or as popularity, or in any other way you care to interpret.)
My choice is The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. Although not a particularly big book in length (a pretty standard 454 pages) it is “big” in the response it has received and in the themes it covers.
I avoided reading this novel for some time because of all the reviewer hype. I’m not generally drawn to popular fiction bestsellers. There are no Dan Brown novels darkening my bookshelf, it is extremely unlikely that I’ll ever bother to read any of the Twilight novels and I was even happy to wait 2 – 3 months after the release for the Harry Potter books. Excessive hype just doesn’t catch my attention, I guess.
I have to say that The Hunger Games exceeded my limited expectations magnificently and lived up to every word of praise that I read on various book blogs. The story was quite fascinating both on a character level and through the political and social themes it examines. I was hooked within the first couple of chapters and grabbed every spare moment to keep reading.
I love the political setting for the novel and I’m looking forward to seeing how that develops in the remainder of the trilogy. I’m also very keen to see how the author develops the relationship/friendship of the central character of Katniss with the two male characters of Gale and Peeta.
I was also very impressed that such an entertaining story was aimed at young teens. It is so exciting to see quality YA novels that continue to appeal to adult readers.
I now have the second book in the trilogy, Catching Fire, sitting on my bedside table waiting for my attention. Unfortunately I have a few books I need to read first, but it is sitting there like the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, encouraging me to get through those books as quickly as I can. I’ve avoided reading reviews so that I don’t risk spoiling the fun, but the buzz on Twitter has been very positive, so I’m really looking forward to it.
I have reviewed The Hunger Games here at Reading Upside Down.by