Jason already blogged about the first book in Suzanne Collins‘s series, which, along with a front page review in the New York Times Book review for Mockingjay (third book), got my attention. These were quick, exciting reads and lots of fun.
So much fiction targets a specific gender, that if you can write something that crosses over, you can have an enormous hit on your hands. Risking some gross stereotypes here, Collins offers video game style violence for guys (sudden, lethal, inventive), and costumes and relationships for girls. Since we mostly know how epic battles are going to turn out, Katniss’s dilemma of choosing between Gale and Peeta is what kept me reading.
Even then, I wasn’t quite right about the outcome of the battle. Collins pulls off surprises in each book, which are often pretty audacious.