Adj. Simultaneously awesome and depressing.
Maybe we should call it Suzannetastic, actually. It would mean the same thing.
No, but really. I loved these books. It was both very like and very unlike reading The Hunger Games. Similarities: violence and adventure and anti-war themes. Differences: a more juvenile voice, more fantastical elements, and a boy's perspective rather than a girl's.
There is something I love about a boy's point of view, and I don't really know why. I'm a girl, so you'd think it would be the other way around, but no. Heck, my own current writing project is from a boy's perspective. A good chunk of my favorite books are also male POV, now that I think about it. Life of Pi, for one. Also, Harry freaking Potter. And, of course, Gregor. But also White Cat and Looking For Alaska, both of which I read last month, and The Replacement, which I read back in the fall and then never wrote about, but probably should have because I really enjoyed it. Let's see... I think my favorite read of the past year is still Lips Touch, by Laini Taylor, and about a third of that (maybe more, depending on how you define POV) was told through male characters. I don't know why I'm rambling about this, but it's funny to think about because even growing up, I always got along a little better with boys than I ever did with girls. Maybe it's because I have a brother and no sisters. Plus, with male main characters I can have crushes. With female main characters, they have the crushes. NotthatthismattersanymorebecauseIammarried. Ahem. [Also, this is not an absolute rule because I have both disliked male MCs, and adored male side characters told from female perspectives: examples: Harry Potter: boo, get over yourself. Peeta Mellark: oh my gosh I think I married you. It is time to move on to another topic.]
Anyway! Also, like The Hunger Games, Gregor left me in a stupor. A haze. Because life sucks and then you die, but there are so many important things to learn from it along the way. Like, quit killing each other!
[P.s. While typing "are so" just now, I accidentally forgot the space bar and ended up with the word "ares." Ares!!!! I want a pet bat. Just so I could name him after the bats in the series.]
I meant for this to be more about Gregor and less about other things, but it doesn't seem to be working. Here's something awesome, though: The Gregor books were published annually from 2003 to 2007, and then The Hunger Games books picked up and were published in '08, '09, and '10, respectively. Which is to say, Suzanne Collins is an absolute machine. Is she publishing anything this year? Goodness knows I will devour it and then be depressed by it, but still love it.