I spent the entire first third of the book wondering how the author could possibly write this in such a way that we didn’t hate everyone or cry through the entire thing. I’ve been known to stop reading books when I don’t like the foreshadowing (it took me three tries to get through A Fine Balance) so I found myself glaring at the pages and turning them hesitently.
It is, of course, a depressing and violent book. But I think there’s a lot to be said (and god knows, a million other people have pointed this out) for strong, adventurous female characters serving as role models for girls. Katniss saves her family and her dude and challenges the patriarchy! And she’s not even 18!
While I wasn’t totally overwhelmed by the calibar of the writing and I’m not sure that I’ll read the rest of the books, it should be said that I did stay up till 3am finishing this one. Which is certainly more than can be said for the last time I read a Pulitzer-winning book.
Have you read this series? How’d you feel about them? Which character is your favorite? (I love Cinna!)