Author: Suzanne Collins
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Release Date: October 1st, 2008
Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with every one 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 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.
When I first started blogging, I remember seeing a lot of buzz about a series called Hunger Games around the blogosphere. I had no idea what it was about, so I didn't pay much attention to it. Then recently, I've been getting lots of recommendations to read The Hunger Games, so I finally picked it up a few weeks ago and wow, was I blown away. The Hunger Games completely blew my mind!
The story is set in a land that was once North America called Panem. There, most people suffer and struggle to stay alive. The twelve districts are ruled by a central state called the Capitol, who keep the citizens of each district on tight leashes and force them to compete in a yearly event called The Hunger Games. Each year, a boy and a girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen must be sent by each district to compete in the annual competition, where they have to kill and outsmart each other to stay alive.
The Hunger Games is a thrilling, phenomenal adventure of a novel that's sure to have readers at the edge of their seats. Its story is brilliantly plotted, its characters multi-layered and convincing, its writing fantastic, I had no complaints about this book. I simply could not put it down! And when I had to do so, I kept thinking about it. It was haunting.
I loved the setting of the story. It describes not only the arena but the district of the main character, Katniss, to be a very difficult place to live in, and I liked being able to stretch my imagination and imagine such a scenario for North America. Katniss' life before the competition is described to be very difficult, but I really admired her for building a strong character and developing independence due to her rough living situations.
Katniss is a character to be admired. She's driven, she's strong, she's clever; she's got the fire that many girls long to have. There are times when she comes across too brutish, but only further reinforced her tough-as-nails exterior. But as much as I loved her character before the games, I loved her even more on the onset of the competition, and after. She develops so much as a character in the arena, I could not help but find more admiration and respect for her. Her confusing journey through romance was fantastic to read about as well.
Truth be told, Katniss is not the only character that's remarkable in the story. The cast of characters is magnificent, and each person is portrayed fantastically. I fell in love with the character of Peeta. He's adorable, the kind of boy I want to bring home to my mom! He brings out the best in Katniss, and somehow manages to break through her difficult exterior. I also loved the character of Haymitch, who had me puzzled at times but manages to pull through and do what he should in the end. Cinna too. And Rue! My heart called out to little Rue.
I could go on forever about this book, but I still would not be able to do it justice. It's action-packed and unforgettable, and it's brutal and violent in the best possible way. Undeniably one of the best books I've read so far, The Hunger Games is something that's too good to pass up. If you haven't read it yet, I strongly suggest you do- you're missing one heck of a ride!