Thursday, November 18, 2010

Review - The Hunger Games

Title - The Hunger Games
Author - Suzanne Collins
Genre - YA fiction/fantasy
Pages - 384
Description (from amazon)
In  a not-too-distant future, the United States of America has collapsed, weakened by drought, fire, famine, and war, to be replaced by Panem, a country divided into the Capitol and 12 districts. Each year, two young representatives from each district are selected by lottery to participate in The Hunger Games. Part entertainment, part brutal intimidation of the subjugated districts, the televised games are broadcasted throughout Panem as the 24 participants are forced to eliminate their competitors, literally, with all citizens required to watch. When 16-year-old Katnis's young sister, Prim, is selected as the mining districts female representative, Katniss volunteers to take her place.

Review
The Hunger games is one part The Condemned and one part Battle Royle, but all parts awesome!
I picked up this book and read it straight for 2 hours before i took a break, It starts off with Katniss in the woods with her best friend Gale hunting, a thing that is not permitted in Panem, however most people starve so she is forced to go against the rules. The book give an adequate amount of backstory on Katniss and her fmaily. Its a nice premise before the real action starts!

Enter the Hunger Games, a brutal fight to the death for 24 contestants age 12-18, and it is televised to all of Panem! Only one can survive and the 'gamemasters' make it a tough journey. Katniss is spared initially but when her sisters name is called Katniss rushes to volunteer herself to save her sister from a certain death.

A good chunk after this part shows how the contestants are styled and treated (like kings and queens) before the games begin. Katniss gets to talk to her male counterpart in the games, Peeta. Peeta is from the same district as her, hes a bakers son and quiet but a nice enough guy. The other conestants are not so nice, among them are a girl named Foxface who is sneaky, a little (Rue) who reminds Katniss of her sister, a hulk-like boy named Thresh and others.

And then the games begin, immediantly a few are killed or badly injured, this is to be expected. The action is constant from this point on, there is triumph, heartbreak and heartwarming parts. The book is written so well and put together just as well. The story flows brilliantly and has the right amount of twists and turns to really grab the reader.

Katniss is a great charactor and i rooted for her the whole time, all the charactors are believable and realistic from the main competators to the ones that we dont get to hear about much or very little.

I can't wait to start reading the second book. I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes Young Adult fiction, suspence, a bit of blood and just a great book in general.

2 Comments:

  1. Katie Edwards said...
    Hi there, found you through the Blog Hop. I loved the Hunger Games series, after reading a lot of rave reviews about it I just had to see what it was all about. Hope you enjoy books two and three as much as the first.
    Music4Betty said...
    I loved this book! The entire series is fantastic, you'll love them! I'm your newest follower :)

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