I have been on the Hunger Games bandwagon from the very beginning and my love of this book does not diminish with the second reading. Katniss is a great character. She isn’t the strongest, smartest or prettiest girl, but she is a strong character with excellent survival instincts. I really enjoyed how she learned to play the game. It was all about survival for her but she didn’t comprise who she was as a person. I think she is a much better role model for young readers than some of the other female protagonists that appear in teen literature today.
I also appreciate the fact that this book doesn’t necessarily have a happy ending and everything isn’t perfect at it’s conclusion. I also like the fact that the love story isn’t front and center to this book. It is present but it isn’t what this book is about. This book is so much more than a teen angsty love story and I for one am glad. I also like that none of the horror of the world or the Games is whitewashed; it is a brutal world and we get to see it in all its guts and glory. We see exactly what lengths the Capital will go for entertainment and to keep the districts in line.
Suzanne Collins created something truly wonderful in this series and I am glad that it caught on with the public.