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STEPHEN KING’S Review of the HUNGER GAMES: Nails it, as He Does

2 Comments March 30, 2012 by Filed Under: Hunger Games Review

Gale is smoldering. Says so right on page 14.

The love triangle is fairly standard teen-read stuff; what 16-year-old girl wouldn’t like to have two interesting guys to choose from? The rest of The Hunger Games, however, is a violent, jarring speed-rap of a novel that generates nearly constant suspense and may also generate a fair amount of controversy. I couldn’t stop reading, and once I got over the main character’s name (Gale calls her Catnip — ugh), I got to like her a lot. And although ”young adult novel” is a dumbbell term I put right up there with ”jumbo shrimp” and ”airline food” in the oxymoron sweepstakes, how many novels so categorized feature one character stung to death by monster wasps and another more or less eaten alive by mutant werewolves? I say more or less because Katniss, a bow-and-arrow Annie Oakley, puts the poor kid out of his misery before the werewolves can get to the prime cuts.

You have to read the whole thing.

Category: Hunger Games Review

  • Bob

    Best books in the whole world

  • Scarlet

    “…what 16-year-old girl wouldn’t like to have two interesting guys to choose from?”
    I wouldn’t. I hate love triangles. So. Much. They are in every young adult novel in existence, they are completely unrealistic, and they BREAK MY HEART. Honestly, I like Peeta and Gale equally now that I’ve watched the movie (I originally liked Gale more), and it just so depressing how Gale just disappears. She should’ve just not ended up with either of them.

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