I’m not entirely sure why I picked up this young adult book from the library. Was it the word of mouth, seeing it pop up in web searches, people having the book everywhere, or perhaps curiosity because it’s a book about murder, arena battles, and blood-lust? Suzanne Collins is rebuilding a kind of Lord of the Flies meets 1984 dystopian future. Yet it misses the literary elements that makes those works renowned. Unfortunately the story is too easy to grasp and The Hunger Games ends up more escapism with a flare for the Goosebumps-ish. If it leads kids to richer works then I’m all for it, if it serves mere entertainment purposes then I guess I’m cool with that too.