Friday, November 14, 2008

The Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins

Also Reviewed by Mindy

Summary: In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlaying 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 weigh survival against humanity and life against love.  (Summary from book - Image from

My Review: Hunger Games is a fast-paced novel based on a futuristic plot where 24 Tributes from 12 districts must fight against each other to the death. Their war is aired live in a reality TV manner and is required viewing for all citizens. There is never a dull moment during these games. If the tributes aren't fighting against each other then the gamemakers are spicing up the game with ricks of their own.

Suzanne Collins takes you through an entire range of emotions in this action-packed journey. You feel joy over the tributes success. You feel sadness when the tributes are wounded. You feel anger at the gamemakes for the brutal game they invented. The characters in this book are so well-developed that you can't help but to care for them. This leaves the reader feeling tormented because you know only one can survive.

This book is written in a manner that doesn't allow you to put it down. Each chapter ends with an excitement that is carried over to the beginning of the next chapter. You will finish this book wanting more. Luckily this is just the first of a series. I can't wait to see where the next book will take us.

Rating: 5 Stars, I will be recommending this book to everyone, as well as reading it again myself! Rated PG-13 for the violent nature of the plot

If I could sum this book up in one phrase it would be: Hurry up and release the next one please!


MindySue said...

Okay, so i SO want to read this review but I'm not going to until I finish the book and my review of it...but just so you know..its KILLING ME!

Heather said...

I worked really hard not to give any of the plot away, and that was very hard with this book, But I agree, finish the book and write your review so my opinions don't sway you in any manner. That's why I hustled to get mine done! :) I LOVE this blog!


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