Monday, October 20, 2008

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

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 other 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 is forced to represent her district 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 weigh survival against humanity and life against love.
(summary from back cover)

I've been hitting myself in the head ever since the time I finished this book. When I recieved an ARC of it in August I knew nothing of the book, and didn't pick it up until now-when buzz started to swirl around about it. And by waiting to read it, I passed up the chance for a signed copy of the book that Scholastic was offering to any person who recieved an ARC and submitted a review of it to them by a certain date-a date which passed long ago. URGH!!! I'm so amazingly angry with myself because this is one fantastic book. It is written superbly, it grabs you immediately, and it has any element you could ever want in it; romance, action, and suspense all bundled into one heck of a book. From the first sentence, I was not able to put it down until I finished. It's been quite a while since I've been able to truthfully say that about a book, but I can say that about The Hunger Games without a doubt. And while the plot was fast moving and drew you in, the characters and the imagery made it that much better. I came to completely understand and sympathize with Katniss, as she was just a regular girl like me who was forced into the most unfortunate of circumstances and had to decide whether to trust her instincts or her morals. And Peeta Mellark is probably my all time favorite guy character in a book. I'm completely in love with him. I think he trumps just about any other desirable male book character out there. I was pretty close to crying at the end...and let me just say that I am sooo glad that there's going to be another book in the series. I have to see what happens between Katniss and Peeta and Gale. The author really knows how to manipulate a reader which she definitely showed at the end when we were left with that enormous cliff-hanger. I'll be the first in line at the bookstore to buy the next book when it comes out. And if you haven't read The Hunger Games, please please please get a copy by any means you have available to you. It just might be one of my favorite books of 2008. 


  1. I still have not jumped on this bandwagon. I will soon though- I ordered it and it is on its way. Yaaaay.

  2. I finished this book... uh Saturday i believe! oh wow!!! it WAS fantastic. Some parts were a little fast-paced, but i still love it.

    I actually cried at the ending. I was getting a little ahead of myself and was imagining something awful happening. when it didn't end that way at all. And I feel as if Suzanne Collins could have ended the first book when they announce the winners of the Hunger Games. It kind of started up a whole new conflict, which i'm sure she'll continue on in the next book.

    Too much to say about this book, but i'll stop here ;)

  3. Absolutely fabulous review! I've been hearing so much about this too- and I'm so sorry you missed out on a signed copy. :( I can't wait to read this! Thanks for getting me excited about it- I thought I was excited about it before but now I really, REALLY am!

    ~Lucy D =)

  4. I was soooo suprised how much I LOVED this book! It is not the kind of books I usually read books set in the future and kinds science fictionish. I was glad I gotta a copy of it otherwise never have picked it up. Not only is it my favorite book of 2008, I think it will be one of my all time favorite books ever!!

    And I know what you mean by Peeta, I loved his character too.

    Can't wait to read the 2nd book and see how everything plays out!


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