The Hunger Games

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Author: Suzanne Collins
Series: Hunger Games Series, #1
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Publication Date: 10/01/2008
Pages: 384
Source: Borrowed from library

Read All About It:
Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don’t live to see the morning?

In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV. Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives alone with her mother and younger sister, regards it as a death sentence when she is forced to represent her district in the Games. But Katniss has been close to dead before – and survival, for her, is second nature. Without really meaning to, she becomes a contender. But if she is to win, she will have to start making choices that weigh survival against humanity and life against love.

New York Times bestselling author Suzanne Collins delivers equal parts suspense and philosophy, adventure and romance, in this searing novel set in a future with unsettling parallels to our present.

My Opinion:
The fact I went so long without reading The Hunger Games is crazy to me. After finishing the series last summer I became hooked and completely understand why everyone else has been “volunteering as tribute” for years. Katniss is a fantastic, strong character that takes on the challenges presented to her in a realistic way. She does not just coast through the games, we see her struggle, and suffer, and eventually survive (which hopefully isn’t a spoiler for you). I love that she is smart and can think herself through problems when needed. While she does have to rely on others at points, it is nice to have a female main character that can also take care of herself and stand up for her own beliefs.

Collins not only does a great job with writing Katniss, but even with writing the smaller characters. They are described with such particular details that they manage to leave a lasting impression on me too. The character dynamics are what really make this such a great book. Of course the detailed settings, interesting plot, and recurring themes that inspire readers to root for Katniss also make this book amazing.

I had never read anything like The Hunger Games, so having such a refreshing plot line was entertaining. Plus, the ending was a killer cliffhanger that would have had me begging on Scholastic’s door for an ARC if I hadn’t waited long enough for all of them to be out before I began the series.

Besides being addicted to the books, it was surprising to find I also liked the movie adaptation. Normally I always feel that the movie could not live up to the book, but I was pleasantly surprised in this case. There were some differences, but not enough that I felt the need to shout at the screen “that’s not how it is in the book!” Either way, The Hunger Games has been added to my “favorites” shelf. If you still haven’t read the books, go get a copy. Now!

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