Why did I love this book?
An antihero, by definition, lacks the traits of a conventional hero, like selfless ethics or a kind personality. Katniss certainly doesn’t fit the traditional archetype. She’s the least "heroic" character of the bunch at the start of the series: her only instinct is survival, which I can respect. But Katniss feels real. Her fierce protectiveness of her little sister, her awkward and sometimes abrasive social skills, her self-preserving fear—these traits could belong to any of us. I don’t know how I’d act if I got dropped into an arena where my compassion was pitted against my will to live. Alongside Peeta’s noble intentions, Katniss’ motives may look selfish. But arguably, she becomes the most effective freedom fighter by the end of the series. A dark, character-driven story charged with realistic politics, The Hunger Games features an antihero that feels more human than many I’ve read.