It is not my style to hate books, but I most certainly hated this one. I often find it frustrating when a popular book (Harry Potter, Twilight, 50 Shades) gets bad press because at least people are reading, as well as thinking about and talking about what they've read. I feel very strongly about Young Adult fiction. I have witnessed the thrill of seeing a kid's reaction to, say, Holes or The Giver or Harry Potter.
This book does not deserve that. I'll repeat: I absolutely hated this novel. I hate that it exists, and it had nothing to do with its popularity. If something is popular (Potter again), I think I'm fairly good at judging it for its own merits. The Hunger Games has none.
It is a video game, told on pages. It is hopelessly violent, poorly-written, lacking in any of the moral diellemmas that the setting calls for. Go somewhere, kill something, get a prize. Repeat. Collins stops just short of giving Katniss a Level Up.
I know I am in the minority, and when I express my disdain for The Hunger Games, I often am told that it gets better in the second book. In what world do you read the sequel to a book you hated?
A low, low ebb for YA fiction.