Monday, September 21
Book Review: The Hunger Games
Author: Suzanne Collins
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