Wednesday, January 27, 2010

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Title: The Hunger Games

Series: The Hunger Games
Book #: One
Author: Suzanne Collins 
Pages: 374
Published: 2008
Reading Level: Young Adult

Winning means fame and fortune. Losing means certain death. The Hunger Games have begun.

In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capital surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capital is harsh and cruel and keeps the other districts in line by forcing them to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight-to-the death on live TV. One boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and sixteen are selected by lottery to play. The winner brings riches and favor to his or her district. But that is nothing compared to what the Capital wins: one more year of fearful compliance with its rules.

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 impoverished district in the Games. But Katniss has been close to death 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.

Amber's thoughts: 
I have never, ever read a book like The Hunger Games. I was completely blown away, in a good way. :) The plot, the characters, the entire world Collins created is completely original and unlike anything I've ever encountered before. I'd heard that this book was good, but I had no idea that it would be this amazing. Why I let it sit on my shelf for so long before giving it a shot is beyond my comprehension. 

From the very fist chapter, I felt myself bonding with the characters. They are incredibly realistic, and they bring the story to life. Katniss is a strong protagonist that I can admire and believe. Unlike some strong female characters, Katniss' tough personality is a learned skill instead of a personality trait. This helped me to understand her a lot more. The other tributes and characters are equally interesting. They all certainly added to my love of the novel. 

I've always loved drama. Who doesn't like a bit of suspense in their books? Everything about The Hunger Games is dramatic- from the reaping to the games. I was constantly wondering what would happen next. This is one of the first books I've read in a long time that had me sneaking away to my room every chance I got. I was desperate to find out what happened next. While the concept of teens battling it out in an area  is somewhat disturbing, it was impossible to not be fascinated. 

The Hunger Games is now one of my favorite books. It was absolutely brilliant, and I will be recommending it to all of my fellow readers. I've heard awesome things about the sequel, Catching Fire, and I cannot wait to see what happens next in this captivating series. Five hearts!


Kristin Rae said...

My sister-in-law got me into these. I must admit I was skeptical! Kill or be killed? Didn't sound like my thing. But WOW I am addicted and now suffering from what one blogger called PHGD (Post Hunger Games Disorder). You loved the first one? Wait until you read Catching Fire. I didn't know it was possible to be better than the first. But it SO is. I even have a "Team Gale" button on my blog. If you click on it, it will take you to the site to pick a button of your very own! :)

Adriana said...

I'm really glad you liked it. I finished both books in three days. That's how amazing they are. Catching Fire only gets better.