Candice: This time of year brings to mind a number of things for me, either “whey hey, the football is over” or “oh bugger, I’ve got another four weeks of it and its going to be worse than before”. Well, this year, unless you don’t have a TV you can’t have missed that there is a small tournament going on. I believe it’s called Euro 2012. So, for the last week or so I have found a new home, our conservatory. While the other half is watching in the lounge, I have been chilling in the lovely daylight, sometimes with my able furry assistant. Emanating from the other side of the house can often be heard, “oh, ah, ohhhh”, and that’s not the blue movie he was watching. Nope, it’s the sound I hate, FOOTBALL.
However, this has allowed me some quality reading time as I have been a bit slack since the return from holiday. So my first tackle (ha ha) was The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. Written for a slightly younger audience than I, it impressed me by drawing me in from the word go. Having read “The Running Man” by Stephen King, a similar premise of someone trying to escape game that involved being killed,I wasn’t sure it could do it better, it didn’t but just approached it differently. I have to say there wasn’t a point in this book where I didn’t want to know what happened next, and though I had an inkling of the outcome, I wondered how she would achieve it.
I won’t give the game away but safe to say, it all ends well but with a nice twist leading on to book two. And, though there is alot of violence, the sex is minimal (thank god!).
The characters are well drawn, the main female Katniss is strong but shows some weakness, but doesn’t do anything that makes you think, “oh she’d never do that.” And the fact she can survive in the environment is built well from the start, rather than her suddenly being an expert outdoors person. I want to know more about the world they live in, and how the present world became their ‘Panem’.
Book two is on my list, but I am holding back else I will read them all in a month and then feel a bit bereft afterwards. I also think I’ll make an effort to see the film when it’s on the movie channel to see how that works.
So I have one thing to thank the football for!