... Before you ask, no.. I did not, in fact, just read The Hunger Games for the first time. Bitch please, that was so three years ago. I wanted to revisit Suzanne Collins pre-movie release so I reread the book yesterday and today... And it was so worth it. For the record, this was my original review I wrote the first time I read the book on another forum pre-blog.* * *So, everything you hear about this book is true. It's Dystopian, it's affecting, it's really well written. What you don't hear besides the plot and the bloodshed is that Katniss is an amazing character who really comes into her own by the end of the book, even if she is confused and on edge because of the Capitol. Almost half of this book goes by before any of the Tributes ever set foot in the Arena where their deaths await and still we feel the journey with every poignant step. I think that is the real strength of this book and, in tandem, Collins writing... that she draws the reader in with very thorough exposition and character development so that by the time Katniss sets foot in the ring she is a force to follow. A force. I lost much sleep to reading The Hunger Games. I've lost even more minutes daydreaming and wondering in between readings. I lost myself totally in this book, and it's been a while since I could call anything engrossing. I cannot wait to lose myself in more of Collins work. She is an author to be reckoned with. * * *My new thoughts on rereading this are as follows - Collins peppers the book with foreshadowed moments to hint at the events in the following books. This makes me wonder how much of the sequels were planned when this one went to print. It's not contrived at all, just noticeable in a big way when you have read the three books. I was sobbing at one moment during the reaping where the action hints at a moment in book three that is particularly dispiriting. This book is still very good. It's interesting to watch this book go from a little known nothing to a blockbuster bestseller. I enjoy watching people come in one day to the store I work at only to return a day or two later to pick up books 2 and 3. The excitement for this film is palpable. I hope it lives up to the hype just like the books have. 5 out of 5 stars.- Review courtesy of www.bibliopunkk.net- Original reading was in May of 2009. Second reading was March 2012.