Okay, so I'm a big, fat liar.
Why didn't anyone tell me? All this time I've been convinced, going on and on about how I don't like dystopian, how it's not my thing, how it's just a big old downer and why do people love it so much anyway?
Now I know.
After reading The Hunger Games, I know, I get it, and I am totally on board. Again, why didn't anyone tell me??? You guys, I depend on all you great book bloggers to tell me when I'm being an idiot and letting prejudice blind me to the wonders I'm missing by ruling out complete genres. To think, I might've never met Katniss, now one of my favorite heroines in YA lit (and probably lit period). She was so tough, so strong, so freaking fierce I can't even take it! Yet, she was also vulnerable/naïve, especially when it came to love. *sigh* I would've never been introduced to Peeta Mellark (goodness gracious, there were some great names in this bookJ). Peeta's my new literary crush…if something bad befalls Peeta (as in mortally bad) I'm not sure how I'll deal. But I'm also crushing on Gale as well--even though he was in it what, all of five pages? Still, after the first book, Peeta's my number one and I'm pretty loyal. And also I think he may be the long shot even though he was one of the stars of book one--and I always go for the guy who's pre-destined to not get the girl, to pine, to suffer, to serve his heart up on a silver platter and get it thrown back at him in pieces.
Oh Lord, if Katniss doesn't pick Peeta I'm gonna…I'm gonna…I don't know, but it'll probably involve tears and a lot of cursing.
Since I'm likely the last person on the planet to discover these fantastic books, this next part is probably unnecessary--but I'm going to do it anyway.
Short, short summary: Katniss Everdeen from District 12 just volunteered to take her younger sister's place in the Hunger Games--a yearly televised event where children are chosen (one boy and one girl from each district) to fight it out until only one remains, one survivor. The battles are bloody, the contestants ruthless. The Capitol doesn't care who lives or dies so long as it's good TV. Katniss just volunteered to die--but she's not going down without a fight.
This book was wonderful. I bow down to Suzanne Collins and her mad writing skills (but I really, really, really hope nothing bad happens to Katniss or Peeta L And if it does…just don't tell me. I don't want to know…good grief, now I'm already expecting the worst). Katniss is my girl. I wish I knew her, I wish I was as brave. I loved all the side characters, Effie Trinket, Rue, Thresh, foxface, Haymitch, every single one of 'em!
If this is dystopian, I'm all about it J
Love, love, love this book!