I watched The Hunger Games movie on the way back from China, and then I saw my brother’s copy of the book lying around this afternoon, so I thought I would finally see what the hubbub was about. Ultimately, there is quite a lot to hub and bub about in The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. It is a fast-paced thriller that is fast-paced and thrilling. The thrilling part is derived from the setting and what happens, rather than from the flat one-dimensional that inhabit its universe. It is not unpredictable; more accurately, I simply turn the page to confirm what is quite obvious. Nonetheless, crafting a story that pushes me to personally confirm the ending– despite watching the movie and reading the Wikipedia article– is no mean feat. In the end, The Hunger Games is still only a young adults’ novel; in this sense, it draws comparison to Harry Potter for its wild popularity for the younger generation. However, as The Hunger Games has only its thrills to rally fans, it falls rather short of Harry Potter‘s multi-generational appeal (humor, mystery, etc).
Verdict: read if you are a so-called ‘young adult’. If you are an adult or old adult, cook me some dinner, because I am hungry.
Extra: I figured out my ‘leisure’ reading speed from reading The Hunger Games. The speed is around 427 word-per-minute (I spent three hours reading it, The Hunger Games is approximately 76,800 words long). To compare, an average reader is around 150-200WPM. Nonetheless, the bottom of the speed-reader pit can easily reach 1000WPM.