Sunday, July 5, 2009

Slow going with Acacia and loving The Hunger Games

Posted by Simcha 12:42 PM, under | No comments

I've started reading Acacia, by David Anthony Durham, but its going a bit slowly because most of the book so far has focused on political intrigue, which is not something I usually enjoy in a book. But I can tell that it is a good book and I suspect that things will speed up soon, so I will keep reading and see what happens.

I have also started another book, which was recommended on a podcast that I was listening to, and this one I really like. I began The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins, a few hours ago and have been glued to the book ever since. I reluctantly put it down for a short time in order to help my husband feed the kids, but then I locked myself in my room and left him with the chore of putting them to bed, as I had some urgent reading to do.

Despite the fact that The Hunger Games is categorized as a Young Adult book, it is by no means limited to that age group. While I intend to discuss the book more in depth once I have finished it, here is a review from Booklist:

    Sixteen-year-old Katniss poaches food for her widowed mother and little sister from the forest outside the legal perimeter of District 12, the poorest of the dozen districts constituting Panem, the North American dystopic state that has replaced the U.S. in the not-too-distant future. Her hunting and tracking skills serve her well when she is then cast into the nation’s annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death where contestants must battle harsh terrain, artificially concocted weather conditions, and two teenaged contestants from each of Panem’s districts. District 12’s second “tribute” is Peeta, the baker’s son, who has been in love with Katniss since he was five. Each new plot twist ratchets up the tension, moving the story forward and keeping the reader on edge. Although Katniss may be skilled with a bow and arrow and adept at analyzing her opponents’ next moves, she has much to learn about personal sentiments, especially her own. Populated by three-dimensional characters, this is a superb tale of physical adventure, political suspense, and romance

Now I've got to get back to reading...


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