Shooting Stars said it best on her Tuesday post "Permission to Quit" she is suffering from PHGD (aka Post Hunger Games Disorder.) Aw sigh, so am I. Waiting for the third book to come out in August is like waiting for the New Moon movie. (Yes, I love the Twilight books and movies. Burn me at the stake if bugs you.)
I'm not by any means a speed reader and never want to be. This book I read in a world record eleven hours, world record for me that is. And I found, that reading a book that fast has it's drawbacks. When I awoke from the fog, I found myself to be very depressed. Not because the book was depressing, though it had it's sad moments, but because it was over and I was left with all this emotion to process. So I do recommend reading the book and FORCING yourself to put it down every few chapters so you can process.
**The Hunger Games Spoiler Alert**
This book is the second in The Hunger Games series. It's a dystopian society oppressed by a socialistic government, know as The Capital. In the their attempts to discourage any district from ever revolting again they created the Hunger Games. (click link to see Hunger Games Review) Katniss and Peeta won the Hunger Games but in doing so made a mockery of the Capital and started a revolt. Now every thing they do is being watched with a critical eye and one slip up could be death to them or their family.
The book is broken down in to three sections: cruel victory tour through the districts that lost, training for the 75th Hunger Games and competing in the 75th Hunger Games. There is not a single point in the book that I could comfortably put the it down. Every single page begged me to turn to the next. And it was deliciously devoured like piece of Chocolate Lava Cake, mmmm. (which I haven't eaten in years because it's like 700 plus calories, sigh.)
Suzanne Collins is a patient author who sticks true to her characters. Katniss, the MC, is a survivor and has no need for love, beyond the love for her mother and sister. But slowly, very slowly, she is discovering what love could mean for her.(and it ain't Gale baby!)
There is one moment in the book, and if you haven't read the book you will probably be grossed out but Katniss runs her hands through her hairy legs because she missed the feel. Ew! (prepping for the Hunger Games they wax her down, make her prettier or should I say feminine). Even while reading the book I balked at Suzanne Collins for writing this but...it is a very pertinent point to the understanding of this character. It is the PERFECT show, not tell. You see, when you don't know where your next meal is coming from and you're the sole provider for your wretchedly poor family, razors and smooth legs are a joke, not a daily requirement. (Thank god I don't live in dystopia.*GwOE kisses her razor*) This is one of many BRILLIANT examples of keeping in character. I would have never written it in one of my MS but now, I see the value of hairy legs.
Okay, I'm being silly but you get my point. Building a character, to that level takes full submersion into that character, is like method acting for writers. Maybe that is what it takes for us writers to transform characters from two dimensional to three dimensional. And all that stress I did a few weeks ago about not being really good at dialogue. I've thrown it out the window, because Suzanne Collins has shown me that telling a story through someone's eyes can be just as powerful, if not more powerful than what a character says.
My only negative about the book, (oh please don't let lightening strike me down) is that I felt rushed through. Suzanne Collins could have totally made this into two books in my opinion. Of course, maybe that's me wishing and hoping she decides not to end the series after the third book and we get a surprise forth book. (*crosses fingers, I wish I wish I wish*)
If you haven't read it, add it to your list. Really good read.