It did not take me long to finish the third book in the trilogy. Yes, I will say everything that every other reviewer and blogger has stated: mesmerizing, riveting, horrifying, perfect ending, couldn't put it down and can't wait for that movie. If you have made it this far--reading the first two--I don't know how you can not finish and not want to know what happens to Katniss and Peeta and Gale and Haymitch and Prim and the Capitol with their beloved Hunger Games. I read this waiting in line, on breaks at work, and just about everywhere I could squeeze in a paragraph or two.
What is it about exceptional storytelling that leaves a reader so engrossed in a tale that she cannot forget it? All I want to do is thinking about these characters and this story and all the themes and symbols and implications. Moreover, I want to write a story as compelling and engrossing as this one. How did Suzanne Collins do it? When I read something like this I am humbled: always wanting more, wondering how to become this kind of supreme storyteller.
After a day or two it will fade. Other stories and life itself will take over. The tale will recede a bit, and eventually I will pick up other books to try and recreate this feeling. I guess this is why I read and why I write, to create this feeling of ecstasy over finding other people, other worlds, other ideas. I read to become absorbed in something other than myself, to learn about the world, to broaden my scope of understanding.
I really have to remind myself that I often stumble across inspiration and fabulous storytelling in the most unlikely of places. Several good friends and avid readers had recommended these stories to me, and I waved them all off. The topic sounded too grisly: children put in an arena to kill each other off! Not my cup of tea. That is what has made this reading experience doubly good. I did not expect to be so captivated by this tale.
Thanks Suzanne Collins. Looking forward to your next adventure.