...I put the Hunger Games on hold at my library. I owe it to a temporary lapse in judgement, but someday soon Catching Fire and Mockingjay will be in my possession. I'm a hundred something in each queue, but it's only a two and three day wait apparently. I'll be reviewing them here; but be warned, it will not be one of those posts so easily defined by: Omg omg omg omg I luved<3 THG U shuld totally goes and read it bc itz so awezome!!1!1!!!1!1!1!!
I have no idea how this happened. I personally prefer books like Uglies by Scott Westerfield, Matched by Ally Condie and Divergent by Veronica Roth when it comes to Dystopian and/or Sci-Fi. I'm all for creepy overbearing governments and a choice that could change everything... but I've sampled THG and I'm not so sure about the gazillion super short sentences. Then again, I've been spoiled by the poetic likes of L.M. Montgomery and other classic authors, so to each her own.
Also, I don't really think it's the next Harry Potter. One, because many of the people who hate Harry hypocritically love all the violence in THG. So it cancels out. Two, while this series has an interesting premise, it's not truly a 'different' idea. It is, but it isn't, if you catch my drift. And three, I can already tell this series will not have the exact same 'capture you heart' quality as Harry does. (That, and it isn't a book you want the five year old to grow up with.) In fact, I'm only reading it for three things and three things only: Rue (I fell in love with this character the moment I laid eyes on her movie poster), Katniss' fire dress and Cinna. Two of those aren't even in the two books I managed to barely get my hands on.
For those of you who wonder how I love Star Wars and Artemis Fowl but dislike the violence the the Hunger Games, let me explain. I love action and adventure. Not gore or near-gore. I despise gore. Sci-Fi/Fantasy violence is fine by me, as long as they don't go too far. No straight up blood, no screams you can hear in your head ten years later. No creepy stuff that will make you curl up a month after being exposed to it or make you afraid to go down a slightly dark hallway. Nothing that will make you think that someone typing on the computer in the next room are your siblings--who are secretly hosts to aliens talking in their native tongue--coming to eat you. Or that someone simply moving around is really a serial killer breaking in through the window.
If you got chills with that last paragraph, that was my intent. If not, then I probably went too far with the alien siblings... because I have no idea where that came from myself. You can attribute the serial killer to my and a sibling's overactive imaginations, though. And that wasn't because of gore... it was because we assume too much from simple sounds when half asleep. :P