Friday, December 16, 2011

Review: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

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.

Originality: Extremely original. Who else has thought of a post-apocalyptic North America with adolescents forced to kill each other? I haven’t heard of a story like this until I picked up Suzanne Collins’ amazing novel.

Characters: I love Katniss! She’s so…normal. She isn’t like other main characters with super powers; she’s just a girl from District 12. How do you pronounce ‘Katniss’, by the way? Hm.. Another character I absolutely adore? Peeta! J I just love his name. sounds like saying Peter with a British accent. Lol.

Content: The Hunger Games’ content was incredible. Usually I don’t like parts of books where the characters are just thinking,-I like dialogue-but Suzanne Collins made this idle time enjoyable.

Setting: I really liked the setting of The Hunger Games. Even though the characters were technically in an arena, I sometimes felt they were completely away from civilization. It made the story even more interesting.

Overall enjoyment: I fell in love with this book. Before, I really wasn’t sure I would like it, but after some persuading from my friends on Goodreads and Twitter I decided to give it a chance. The only part I wasn’t completely amazed with was the very beginning. However, after The Games began, I couldn’t put the book down.

1 comment:

Jessi said...

I'm so glad you decided to read this and loved it! Once Ms. Collins pulls you in, there's no letting go. Hope you enjoy the rest of the trilogy. :)