Monday, August 9, 2010

Review: The Hunger Games

Title: The Hunger Games
Author: Suzanne Collins
Date Released: September 14 2008

Pages: 374
Rating: 5 out of 5

Description: 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.

Well I'll start my first review with a totally stellar book! The Hunger Games is a book about the future where survival is the focus of life, not the latest band breakup or the newest brand of lip gloss. Where North America was is now Panem, consisting of the Capitol and twelve districts. To make sure the districts don't rebel the Capitol hosts the annual Hunger Games, in which one boy and one girl ages 12 - 18 from each district are chosen to fight to the death in an arena.

The story follows Katniss Everdeen who volunteered to represent District 12 in the Hunger Games in place of her younger sister.

The concept the Hunger Games is a cruel but unique idea that keeps you on your toes. Suzanne Collins keeps you on your toes when you read this, anticipating what will happen, feeling the character's frustration, indecision, and confusion. The writing is real, the characters intriguing, and your addicted to it once you start, desperately waiting to see the outcome of the 24 tributes. You see what happens when people are pitted each other for survival, and what they choose to value the most.

Overall a really good read and not too many big words to make you head hurt while still being a sophisticated young adult book. two thumbs up! d(^o^)b

PS: If you're gonna read The Hunger Games you're gonna want to read Catching Fire too which is the second novel in The Hunger Games series and continues the drama. Mockingjay is the final book coming out in about two weeks!!!

Cover Review:
You can tell the books different by its sappy girls that mostly indicate ANOTHER supernatural novel. The simple mockingjay pin is presented to Katniss in the novel, and represents her. Yet to me the cover also depicts the mechanical obedience that the districts are forced into by the Capitol...who knows. Read the Hunger Games and judge it yourself!

margaret signing off!
keep reading folks!

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