Monday, November 21, 2011

Review: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins 

Publisher: Scholastic, Inc. 
Pages:  374 
Format: nookbook
Buy the Book: Amazon  

Goodreads:  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.

Kritters Thoughts:  As a young fan of dystopian, meaning I have only read 3 dystopians, I am still hesitant to read the genre, even though I have loved each and everyone I have read.  After the hype died down for this series, I decided it was time for me to bite the bullet and try out the first in the series.  So thankful I did!

A story that centers around a young girl who is thrown into a do or die situation that is televised around her country.  She encounters love, evil and is torn between fighting for what is right and saving one's own self.  I was enveloped into a new world that was easily explained.  It was interesting to read about this made up country and find the similarities in the country we are currently living in.  

With the movie on its way to theaters, I was torn as to knowing who they had cast for the characters and visualizing them myself.  I did cheat a little and check out the main characters and I guess I can't give an unbiased opinion about the cast because I read the book with the cast already in my mind, so they work for me!

A story that you just can't put down once you are half way through because you must see it to the bitter end.  I will be definitely picking up the next two in this series to see where Katniss ends up and where this country goes from here.  I would recommend this book to those who haven't read a dystopian for a little glimpse into the genre and to those who are definite dystopian fans.

Rating: absolutely loved it and want a sequel

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  1. Awesome. Hunger Games was one I hesitated on as well and loved. Enjoy the other two books!

  2. I enjoyed Book One, but the rest did not do it for me. I am looking forward to the movie though!


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