Book Review: The Hunger Games

January 01, 2010

Over the last three days, in a little over twelve hours I read The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.  Originally, another author I like recommended this book (maybe Stephenie Meyer but I'm not sure).  After seeing the cover and then reading the inside cover synopsis I thought, eh I'll put it on my list and maybe get to it by next summer. (Yes Diana, the covered made me crinkle my nose too, silly.)   Susan Adrian had a contest back in November and I won this book from her.  Being free, it jumped up to the top of my list. (Especially after I painfully could not finish the Midnighters by Scott Westerfield.)

The Hunger Games is fantastic!  I devoured every word until the bitter end.  I could not put it down and I have already ordered the second book in the series Catching Fire.  The concept is disturbing but the battle for the underdog is amazing.  Suffrage and starvation motivate the weakest of people to rise above their calling.  The slow building romance is unexpected.  Not something I'd normally read even though I love dystopia type stories.

Here is my mini synopsis (No spoilers, don't worry.)
The Capital, aka district 13, is a socialistic government that controls the food, limits communication/transportation and forbids leaving the perimeter of your district.  There are 12 districts under the Capital's control.  Over seventy years ago, 12 of the 13 districts revolted against the Capital and lost.  As a reminder/punishment of the revolt the Capital created the Hunger Games.

12-18 year olds are forced to be apart of this lottery. ("Lottery"  is my term.)  A boy and a girl are picked from each district, 12 districts in all, and put into an "arena" to battle until the death.  The "arena" is a deceptive word, it implies a football size stadium but it's quite the contrary.  It could be a vast desert, snow tundra, or forest, etc.  Kind of like survivor but instead of adults it's 12-18 year olds and instead of winning a million dollars you get your life.  Again, not anything I'd jump to read but it was free mind you. Katniss, the MC, only values things that provide food for her starving little sister and mother.  Her only way to provide is to risk going outside the parameter to hunt.  Coming from the poorest district, number 12, with only one winner to date, she has the least chance of surviving.  And her hunting skill is the only thing that might save her.

I absolutely recommend you add this book to your 2010 must read list.  If you like any one of the following books:  City of Bones, Ashes, Glass or The Forest of Hands and Teeth you will love this book.

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  1. Thanks for the great review. It sounds intriguing.

  2. Interesting. I've heard a lot of good things about this book.

    You didn't like Midnighters?! **dies a little inside**

  3. I LOOOOVE this book, as you know Gwoe ;) Now I'm counting the seconds until I get the sequel (ordered online, the wait is killing me!!!!!). But you didn't say the most important part... are you Peeta or Gale?? Truly I love them both, but ally myself with Peeta. I'm so curious to see if the next book will change my mind.

  4. This was one of my favorite books this year. Also Catching Fire, but beware, it's a long wait to book 3. Team Peeta all the way, Diana.

  5. V.S. I saw you comment on Shooting Stars some books I love so you will probably like this.

    Dominique - I'm so sorry. I promise I will give it another try later but right now I need sparks for my creative juices so if I can't get it by the fourth chapter or 50 pages, I shelf it.

    Diana - Thanks to you I saw amazon had the hard copy for $10, steal...I also bought, Hush Hush and Fallen (I hope their are good. I'll let you know.) Currently I am a Peeta girl but on the very thin edge of jumping to Gale side. I need the next book to decide. But I think Peeta is truly in love with Katniss but I feel she has more "love" feelings for Gale. If you can call it love because the poor girl has no use for such frivolities.

    Terry - Don't you hate the waiting! I have like four books marked on my calendar for their release date. Argh!

  6. Catherine - I decided to put my Shelfari on blog page so people can see what types of books I like to read and decide if we share the same genre loves.

  7. I mostly read contemporary YA, but the buzz about this dystopic SF has been so strong, I may have to put it on my to-read list.

    BTW, I have a gift for you over at my blog. Happy Monday!

  8. Oh, I'm reading it right now and can hardly put it down. I woke up early this morning just to get in another chapter. Can't wait to see how it ends.

    By the way, I followed you from Laurel's Leaves ;) Looking forward to your blog posts.

  9. I LOVED this book. Loved it. Catching Fire is fantastic, too. :) Have you read The Maze Runner yet?

  10. I'm so glad you took advantage of that Amazon deal... now to wait for our lovely books to arrive.

    I'm also Team Peeta for now. I need to see her interact more with Gale before my final verdict, but I definitely love Peeta to bits so I hope it goes that way.

    I am really looking forward to what you think of Hush Hush and Fallen... I was going back and forth between those books too!

  11. Laurel - It's still YA but with a dystopia theme. Good stuff.

    Carolina - Like liquid drugs, isn't it? You know you have a good book when you wake up crazy hours just to read one....more....chapter.

    Shannon - Yep, started reading it last Friday night and finished it up Sunday morning. Really good. It kills me that we have to wait until next OCTOBER to read The Scorch Trials....Ugh!
    You know I can't wait to get published and make my readers wait. It must be a high like no other.

  12. Laurel - I forgot to add, YEAH! I post it tomorrow!


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