Tuesday, July 6, 2010

7 The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins


Schoolastic Press
374 pg.
checked out from the local library

summary taken from goodreads:
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.


I wasn't sure when I picked the book up that I would like it, but I was WRONG. I love it. I was hooked by the second chapter. Suzanne Collins created a futuristic world that is hard and gritty, but not without heart. A lot of heart. The heart lies with the characters. Katniss's devotion to Prim and Peeta's devotion to Katniss is so touching and heartwarming. The other characters Suzanne Collins created were very memorable too, Rue especially. A few times tears came to my eyes. The Hunger Games is like survivor to the extreme. It made me angry that people were forced to watch and bets were placed on the tributes. The Capitol treated the twelve districts like they were not even people. I could not help but make comparison between the world we live in today and the futuristic world of Panem. It kept me up thinking about it. Is the US the Capitol? I know there are many "districts" all over the world that don't have a voice. Some parts of this book was not easy to read but ultimately it's a compelling story of love, survival, and friendship. I loved it from beginning to end. I have been recommending this book to everyone. My husband even asked if I was going to buy it so he could read it (that's a big deal).

7 comments:

  1. I'm so glad you liked The Hunger Games! The premise sounds pretty frightful, I think. I was trying to explain it to my mom and she sounded horrified.

    But it's much deeper than just these terrible games. It was also political, emotional, and moral. Just WAIT until you read Catching Fire! You'll love it even more. Things get even crazier in the next book. And then Mockingjay comes out in few weeks...!

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  2. Thanks for hopping by my blog this week. And coincidentally - I also reviewed The Hunger Games today, and loved it.

    ~Jenn
    http://jennyburd.blogspot.com

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  3. Hopping through. I don't usually like dystopias but I loved Hunger Games. I'm a new follower.

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  4. Thanks for stopping by my blog. :D
    I loved The Hunger Games and I can't wait to get Mockingjay.
    I'm now following you as well.

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  5. My husband and I both just finished reading this too and wrote our reviews here: http://ourstack.blogspot.com/2010/07/hunger-games-by-suzanne-collins.html
    It's an awesome book and we both loved it!

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  6. Thanks for stopping by my blog! Im now a follower. I LOVE The Hunger Games. Can't wait for Mockingjay! My husband doesn't like to read, but I read books to him and he loved this book and Catching Fire as well. :) Happy Reading!

    Danielle @ everylastpage.blogspot.com

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  7. I loved this book, too. Except for bits and pieces of things form the last quarter of the book, it was amazing. After reading the next two books, however, I think that a lot of plot and character issues started in the first book. Check out my review at http://realreviews-yaf.blogspot.com/2011/02/hunger-games.html
    if you want to know more about what I mean. Thanks for the Review!

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