And, well, wow. I know I'm not exactly breaking new ground to say that I couldn't stop reading it all the way through and that Suzanne Collins' book is utterly compelling, surprising and has given me so much to think about.
Here are just a few of my questions and observations so far:
1) Were you able to move beyond the horrific premise of the Hunger Games and if so, were you surprised at how quickly you were able to make that transition? (as a mom, I was crying at page 25).
2) I found it ironic that as much as Katniss dismissed her mother as ineffectual, it was her skills that she often needed most in the Games, ie, the ability to heal others. What did you think of that?
3) Did you find Katniss's appraisal of her relationship with Gale and of Peeta's supposed interest in her to be naive?
4) Did you find yourself, at times, wishing you could see the Games as those watching were seeing them, and witnessing their reactions?
5) What did you think of the Gamemakers sending the fallen tributes back as muttations to attack the final 3 players in the Games?
I'll leave you with this article from today's New York Times, about the power of young adult literature, inspired by the passion so many adults have for the Hunger Games series.