Monday, September 21

Book Review: The Hunger Games


Title: The Hunger Games

Author: Suzanne Collins

Pages: 384

Summary: Katniss is a 16-year-old girl living with her mother and younger sister in the poorest district of Panem, the remains of what used be the United States. Long ago the districts waged war on the Capitol and were defeated. As part of the surrender terms, each district agreed to send one boy and one girl to appear in an annual televised event called, "The Hunger Games." The terrain, rules, and level of audience participation may change but one thing is constant: kill or be killed. When Kat's sister is chosen by lottery, Kat steps up to go in her place.

My Rating: 9.5/10

What I liked/disliked about the book: I finally, after seeing this book every where in the blogverse, decided to pick the book up. I haven’t had much luck with YA Fiction as of late, but I thought, why not give it a try, I enjoy dystopian literature, and everyone seems to love the book, it can’t hurt, right?
So, what do I think? Let’s just say I haven’t read a book in such a feverish frenzy as I divulge into a book to find what happens next, reading it in one sitting, since Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. It was just that good!

As I’ve said before the book was impossible to put down, as I read to find what would happen to Katniss and Peetra. The situation of the Hunger Games, children killing children and one survivor was disturbing, creepy but kept the reader engaged as they read on to find out if their favourite character would make it though to the next day.
In fact, the whole dystopian country they’re in is rather disturbing, and haunting. There seems to be a lot of unhappy people living there, who are unhappy with the “government’s” ability to run the country. I can see the seeds buried for future plot lines, and how some things might play out in up coming books, Collins has done a fantastic job, at creating this society and dystopian world.

I do admit the book starts off a little slow, but once the Hunger Games begin, it’s impossible to put the book down, as the reader is taken into the games with the characters, watching them strive for survival. Katniss is someone you’d want to be lost in the woods with, because she knows her stuff. Although, I like Peetra’s character more then her, she has a lot of “I’m not that smart/good/worthy” attitude to her, which bugs me a bit. Peetra, is one of those characters/friends anyone would want to have, and would go to the end of the earth for you. Kudos to the author for making a fantastic cast of characters, who you can’t help but want to root for (I really liked Rue too!)

The author’s writing style is good, she knows how to tell a thrilling story, without going overboard, and knows how to slow down, bring in romance etc at the right times, without making the book seem to formula. The book definitely has a bit of “formula” to how it’s written (like all thriller/YA Novels), but the author handles it well, and manages to make it more interesting then what you would typically see. You could kind of guess how it would end (although that could be because all the promotion/reviews and I support X badges around), but it’s still a fantastic read.

Overall, if you’re going to read the book, clear your day, because it will capture you up instantly, and you won’t be able to put it down. Collins is an author to watch out for; I think we can expect to see more great works for her. The Hunger Games is a fantastic, thrilling read, and I know the sequel is going to be just as good.

Would I recommend it to read: HELL YES! 'Scuse my language. But this book is just so good! Read it! Read it now! You won't be disappointed, and it doesn't take long to read (I think I read it in about 5 hours or less). Just a warning, the book will make you want to run out and get the second.... make sure it's available, because I'm on the wait list at the library, and I'm number 28! for 12 books! Grr!

What to read next: Catching Fire, the sequel to The Hunger Games. The Giver.

Challenges: 1st in a Series, 100+ Challenge, 999 Challenge, YA Challenge


15 comments:

  1. I finished mine last night too. Loved it! Started Catching Fire this morning. :D

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  2. It's great that enjoyed this book. Like you said, it is EVERYWHERE now-a-days, but great things have been said about it. Your enthusiasm for the story is definitely felt in your review! Still not certain if I will add this to my TBR (the story line itself really throws me for a loop) , but I did enjoy reading your perspective!

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  3. I loved Katniss's character. She's a lot like me in some ways. Very determined and focused, to the point of sometimes being a little blind. I didn't like what was done with her character in Catching Fire. :( But I'm so glad you liked this book! It was so so good.

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  4. This is the next book that I want to buy from my TB list. I think I am going to check Costco to see if they have it and if not then I will pick it up when I go to chapters in October.

    I am going to attempt not going to chapters until I go to the Kelley Armstrong signing....wish me luck with that LOL

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  5. I was a little disappointed in Catching Fire (I'm in the minority though!), but not enough that I'm not looking forward to the final book!

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  6. Another overwhelming recommendation for this book! I am so glad you enjoyed it, and I know when I finally get the chance to read it it is going to be fantastic. As a matter of fact, I think I need to put it in my line up very soon, as I think I am probably the last person out there who hasn't read it. Great review!

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  7. Sounds like you enjoyed this book as much as I did. I couldn't put it down. I enjoyed Catching Fire even more, and my non-reader husband is having trouble putting the book down!

    --Anna
    Diary of an Eccentric

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  8. This book is EVERYWHERE. But you have overcome my resistance. Gotta read it now.

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  9. I REALLY want to read Catching Fire, but have to wait for it to be available at the library..... grr!

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  10. I'm so glad that you've succumbed to the awesomeness that is The Hunger Games. This is one of my all-time favorite books.

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    Jessica

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  11. I've been kind of blah about YA books lately, too.
    This one seems to be winning over everyone, though.
    Guess I'll have to give it a try.

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  12. It really was a great book! I absolutely loved it, and it deserved the hype! Katniss is amazing in this book - a little less so in the second one, but I still like her.

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  13. For those who are debating on whether or not to read this book.

    Let me just say this, when HP came out, I refused to read the books. But after seeing the third movie, had to read them, and loved them so much read the first 5 books, non-stop in 10 days. Ever since then, when I see books that look like might be a genre I like, and are widely popular, I give them a chance. So, my best advice, if your unsure, use your library, and if you don't like the book, return it.

    And that's my two cents of the day :)

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  14. I just wanted to thank you for your review!! I read some other reviews of the books that I liked and have already read on your site and realize I think we must have similar tastes.

    I ended up getting my copy of the hunger games last week, and although I am not done, I pick up at home to read, and on the train. It's amazing... I am already planning to buy the last two books. I love the book SOO much, I can't see how it can get better in the next books!!! <3

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  15. Maryooo - Glad you enjoyed it! It does seem we have similar tastes. Thanks for dropping in.

    The Second and Third books in the series are good, although the third book wasn't as good as the first. I think the first one is the best of the series, if my memory is correct.

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