Series: The Hunger Games #1
Published by: Scholastic Press on September 14, 2008
Genres: Dystopian, Young Adult
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Also in this series: Catching Fire, Mockingjay
Winning will make you famous.
Losing means certain death.
The nation of Panem, formed from a post-apocalyptic North America, is a country that consists of a wealthy Capitol region surrounded by 12 poorer districts. Early in its history, a rebellion led by a 13th district against the Capitol resulted in its destruction and the creation of an annual televised event known as the Hunger Games. In punishment, and as a reminder of the power and grace of the Capitol, each district must yield one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 through a lottery system to participate in the games. The 'tributes' are chosen during the annual Reaping and are forced to fight to the death, leaving only one survivor to claim victory.
When 16-year-old Katniss's young sister, Prim, is selected as District 12's female representative, Katniss volunteers to take her place. She and her male counterpart Peeta, are pitted against bigger, stronger representatives, some of whom have trained for this their whole lives. , she sees it as a death sentence. But Katniss has been close to death before. For her, survival is second nature.
Also by this author: Catching Fire, Mockingjay
I heard about this book since Stephanie Meyer recommended it back when The Twilight Saga was just starting out and I immediately checked out the synopsis to see if it was something I’d be interested in. After finding out it was some kind of “adventure” book I wasn’t really into it. I’m more of a romantic novel kind of person, where the focus in on the two main characters falling in love, but after years of hearing nothing but good things about it, I decided to give into the masses and read it. I have to say, I don’t regret it at all.
The action and suspense of the games really kept me going through this book and I finished it in no time. The beginning was kind of boring, which is usually the case in most books, but I love the intricate and details of the world that Suzanne Collins created and how the games are played out. Once it all got started, it was really hard to put the book down. The main character, Katniss, is definitely one you will adore, her love for her family and for people in general, makes you really care for the girl and hope for her survival through this inhumane and deadly game.
I really liked how, through the games, Katniss discovers so much about herself, like her survival skills and what is it that makes her so special. You also get to see the animalistic nature, dangerousness, and kindness of the other participants of The Hunger Games that leaves you rooting for some and hating others. The way The Capitol uses these children in this crazy and dangerous game of theirs is ridiculous! The whole book is definitely quite suspenseful and sometimes it even had me at the edge of my seat, dying to know what would happen next. There is even a dramatic, and very unique twist towards the end of the game that left me in shock (I really enjoyed that part, though the whole thing was just crazy, you wouldn’t even consider that to come into play). You also see her battling with herself as she has to actually kill people in this game, even those she doesn’t want to, like her friend Peeta, who came from the same district as her. It leaves you thinking about all that you would have to do to survive and what you would have to sacrifice in order to stay alive.
If you are looking for a good read, then I highly recommend grabbing this book. I definitely can’t wait to read the next book, Catching Fire, in the series.