Friday, December 9, 2011

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Title: The Hunger Games
Author: Suzanne Collins
Release Date: September 14th, 2008
Publisher: Scholastic Inc.
Pages: 374
Format: Hardcover
Acquired: Bought
Interest: Series
Age Group: Young Adult
Rating: 5 Stars

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 steps forward to take her sister's place 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 will weigh survival against humanity and life against love.

I loved, loved, loved this book. The action and adventure and the romance, it had everything that you can imagine. I'm surprised with myself for not reviewing this earlier.

I honestly felt something for the character of Katniss because in  away she embodies everything that is both strong and weak about a woman. Her strength came when she took her younger sister's place in the arena and having to face against the Capital, but her weakness lies in where she can't see what her strength's are and has an even harder time seeing what is right in front of her some days.

I love the imagery that Suzanne gives off. When they were in the arena I was always on edge, because the suspense that gets built gives me chills whenever I think about the fact that these are children that are dying - not just anyone, but kids. The message is pretty clear, and I since reading this I have yet to watch another episode of Survivor because for me, I feel like these could be kids trying to survive.

Katniss is a very uptight character and that's understandable because of what she's been through, but it also helps her. I'm actually glad that it is Peeta that is in the arena with her, because they are completely opposite with each other, but they know how to survive. And later on in the novels, I feel, because clear about how much he is willing to go through.

This original story that Suzanne brought to life hits close to home in a lot of areas. Suzanne brings out both the worst and the best of all her characters, and the introduction to them as memorable is accomplished well.

I don't know about you guys, but I love the trailer and I cannot wait for the movie. 5 out of 5 stars for being amazing, with characters, imagery, language, and just bringing this world to life in a series of twists and turns at each corner.


Nicola (pocketfullofbooks) said...

I agree completely! It's an amazing book.

I think the movie looks like it's going to be brilliant and I really think it will do the book justice.

Kristina said...

I kind of enjoyed THG, but once I read the second one, I actually realized I hated it. I think I am the only one who did! I'm glad that you enjoyed it though.

BTW, I have to say that the movie does look pretty awesome!

Jonathan Wilhoit said...

I haven't read this one, but I hear a LOT of people agree with your assessment. Thanks for posting your review, it was very insightful.

I found your blog on bookblogs, and I'll be following from now on. Hopefully you'll see more of me in the future. Thanks again!