The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.
When I first came across these books a few months ago, I thought they didn’t really look like my cup of tea, and didn’t bother buying them or borrowing them from a library or a friend. I also saw the trailer for the film and that didn’t catch my attention either.
But a visit from my cousins this week changed my mind. My eldest cousin - aged 12 - was reading the first book and literally couldn’t put it down. She, like me, is an avid reader, and enjoys the same kind of books I did at her age, and some I enjoy now (like Harry Potter). She said it wasn’t the same kind of read as Harry Potter or even Twilight (which I thought was an okay read, but not good enough for me to read all books in the series - I got bored), but said it was still a great read. So I asked if I could borrow the first one, thinking I’d read a couple of chapters then give up if I didn’t enjoy it. But after only a couple of days I’m over half way through and glued to the pages. It’s gripping, gruesome, emotional and thrilling. What a good mixture of adjectives eh? I can’t wait to follow Katniss’ story and see how her time in the games pans out. I’ve become attached to her as if she is a friend, and the way Collins uses Katniss’ thoughts as the narrative is an engaging and emotive technique, which has had me feeling all the emotions for the characters as if I were in the story with Katniss herself. This is a technique I particularly enjoy when reading. I feel I can really get into her head, and am excited yet nervous as to whether or not she will survive. I cannot wait to finish this book!
I love reading but often I find I am scared or nervous to try something new. Key lesson to be learnt here is that one should never judge a book by it’s cover.