*** About the Book ***
This book has been written about many, Many, MANY times so since I'm behind on reviews I'm not going to recap it myself. If you are not familiar with the plot please check out the summary at Amazon.com.
*** Why I Listened To It ***
The plot summary of this book did not interest me in the least. Even the glowing reviews by so many bloggers didn't do the trick. After all, I'm not really a fan of YA or dystopian books. But when two members of my book club - whose reading tastes are very similar to mine - both said I just HAD to read it, I gave in. Sort of. Actually I reserved the audiobook at my library and it finally came in after months of waiting.
Plus, I thought it would be fun to get caught up in all the excitement over the release of the third book in the series just a few days ago and this was the best way to do it.
*** My Thoughts ***
I wasn't blown away. (Yes, I'm bracing myself for the fiery darts that are now coming my way.) I mean, it was okay, and it generally kept my interest, but I was really expecting more. One of my book club friends who recommended this has the same feelings as I do toward Twilight so I really thought we'd be the same on this book a well. Alas, that is not the case.
To be a bit more specific yet stay spoiler free, here are some random thoughts:
- Katniss - I don't know why everyone loves her so much. Yes she's tough, but she's also rather oblivious to what's going on with Peeta during the Games. There were many times when I wanted to smack her and say "Hello?! What are you DOING?!"
- Gale - I'll give him the benefit of the doubt since we don't find out much about him in this book.
- Peeta - Ok, so ... he's nice, he's strong, and ... what? I don't get what the fuss is over him (from other readers). I did feel REALLY bad for him in regard to the situation with Katniss though.
*** Your Thoughts ***
I can't be the only one out there who wasn't blown away by this book, can I?! If you're like me, please let me know. Also, does the series get better from here? *crosses fingers*