Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Hunger Games... Makes you feel for the characters

What a thrill ride!!! This book is one of the best Dystopia novel I have read. 

Before I start, I should establish my book cred. I am a die-hard Tinkle fan. Forever have been and will be for long long time. I came into novel reading scene pretty late. My first novel was The Da Vinci Code. I was urged to read this book after I saw news about some people in India protesting against the book. I borrowed it from a library the next day and was a goner. Right from the start I was glued. The following day, seeing the lights on at 4 am, my Mom came into my room and immediately went "How many times will you read that Tinkle book?". Getting angry, I sssshed her and went back to the book. My biggest (dis)advantage is I get really emotional while reading a book and sometimes assume one of the characters and follow the book from that character's perspective. Obviously with The Da Vinci Code I was Robert Langdon. Next day, after I finished reading the book, I asked my parents "Who is GOD really?", you know me being Langdon and all. They stared at me like no frigging tomorrow and I sat there expecting laser rays from their eyes. Fortunately that didn't happen. 

In short, I am a mystery and thriller junkie. Love a good mystery novel that reads easy and gets right to business. (You might be asking, "You could have said this without the big story". But that story made you smile didn't it ? Cmon.. accept it.. )

Hunger Games falls right into this genre. A dystopian mystery narrated by Katniss Everdeen, the main character. The book is about a dysfunctional society's biggest event: Hunger Games. To keep it short (and avoid any spoilers), the event is like Gladiator's combat games instead with children between the ages of 12-18 years old and they are called Tributes. I know many of you might be thinking that the book could contain gory details about the game. The author has done a brilliant job in staying away from most of the gory details. 

The book's backdrop is set in the future but I have to warn you this is not a Sci-Fi book. Unlike some of the Dystopia novel I have read, like 1984 and Foundation, this book focuses mainly on Katniss, her anger towards the Government and the Games, her relationship with other children at home and at the Games. This book is fast paced. The author doesn't waste any time from introduction to the Games. The book also does a brilliant job in providing vivid details about the surroundings and the relationships between various characters.

Overall this book is a must read for anyone who likes a good mystery or want to know how our crazy World might end up becoming 100 or 200 years from now (if we take all the wrong steps)

For Tamil readers, this book is how we would dream every single vijay (forgetting the gender for the sake of analogy) movie to be: Love for her sister, 'subtle' heroism, real life fights. 

If you are still not able to make up your mind, check out the trailer. The movie is scheduled to release next year:

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