- Review: Hunger Games
- Series: Hunger Games Trilogy
- Author: Suzanne Collins
- No of Pages: 1155 Total
- Release Date: 31 October 2008
Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone 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.
If she is to win, she will have to start making choices that will weigh survival against humanity and life against love.
So… I just flew through the trilogy of The Hunger Games written by Suzanne Collins. I’m sure you heard, as we all did prior to picking it up, that it is a fascinating trilogy, worth buying and you’re probably putting it on hold.
I was more concerned with not reading them for months, everyone is reading them, so why should I? I’m not one to jump on a band wagon but when everyone I know, and I do mean EVERY one was talking about this, I sighed but relented and bought the first book.
Amazingly, I was hooked at the first chapter. I made sure to have both book two, Catching Fire and book three, Mockingjay before I even finished The Hunger Games. I knew straight away that I was going to want to continue and here is why:
The books take place post apocalyptic America. Meet Katniss Everdeen, a mostly confused, teenage girl that is trying to keep her family afloat. Not like your normal American family, no. This teenage girl has to support her family in every way. Something that most of us would find appalling. She fights for not only her life, but the lives of her family and her entire district.
District 13 rebelled against the Capitol and now The Hunger Games is how each district pays. One girl and boy from each district is chosen each year and thrown into an arena controlled by the Capitol, where only one can survive. The children chosen are between the ages of 12 and 18. This story follows Katniss, who at the beginning of the story volunteers as tribute to save her sister, Primrose after she was chosen.
Growing up in the poorest district, Katniss has no skills of survival, except hunting and she propels the story marvelously! Although not always a favorite character in the book, she is put in situations that she must excel at or die.
I was constantly on the edge of my seat with this book. It’s a very easy and fun read! All three books are remarkable but what makes The Hunger Games so much more enticing is that the movie is coming out next weekend on March 23rd. I will definitely be in line for this one!
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