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Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

December 8, 2008

With the whole Twilight frenzy it’s no surprise that Stephanie Meyer’s book recommendations (check the Sept. 17, 2008 excerpt) have reached Oprah-like status. Making The Hunger Games a new sensation.  The book already has an unofficial fan forum where fans are creating fan fiction, and even an RPG. (And to think this book was just published a couple of months ago!)

After several natural disasters and war North America is renamed Panem a country divided into twelve districts with one Capitol. Each district is responsible for providing a resource for the Capitol.  Katniss belongs to district twelve which is the poorest and provides coal.  After her father dies in a mining accident Katniss must provide for her distant mother and frail sister.  However, she is not alone in her struggles and befriends Gale a handsome rebel who talks about escaping district twelve to live in the wilderness.  In an instant, Katniss’s world is turned upside down when she takes her sister’s place in the Hunger Games.  Every year the Capitol chooses a boy and girl (called tributes), between the ages of twelve to eighteen, from each district to compete in a televised battle of death called the Hunger Games.  The winner of the game is rewarded with a brand new life and their district will be well-fed for a year. The loser’s bounty is death, which is often brutal and painful. There are no rules to the game except no cannibalism and there can only be one winner. Katniss feels that she will be able to survive, however she is not so sure about the baker’s son Peeta (the other tribute) who maybe too soft for the games.  Also, Katniss  feels rather guilty that she has to kill Peeta who once saved her life.  To further complicate the situation when they reach the Capitol Peeta confesses his love for Katniss. Now Katniss must battle with her growing emotions for Peeta while trying to stay alive in a Hunger Games.

In Stephen King’s review (mentioned by Trisha in an earlier post) he compared the storyline to Battle Royale and The Running Man, which is a fair assessment of the novel.  However, I found Collin’s writing and formulation of Panem as hypnotic and a plausible depiction of a post- apocalyptic North America. (Sort of reminded me of Westerfield’s The Uglies series, yet more violent.) The book will appeal to both teen girls and boys. There’s a romantic love triangle between the main characters with bloody barbaric brutality in the main arena. For me, it was a definite page turner and I finished it in a day!  I’m just hoping the action will be maintained or even better in the next book.

13 Comments leave one →
  1. December 9, 2008 7:04 am

    I got an ARC of Hunger Games and absolutely loved it – it’s a terrific story and I’m anxiously awaiting the sequels.

  2. December 9, 2008 7:55 am

    I LOVED this book. It was definitely in the top 10 I’ve read this year. I can’t wait for the sequel. And I can’t imagine what comes next.

  3. December 10, 2008 12:03 pm

    I loved The Hunger Games! Completely compelling. I’ll definitely read the sequel!

  4. December 11, 2008 3:49 pm

    Lovedlovedloved! Glad you guys agree 🙂

  5. Danielle permalink
    December 18, 2008 12:33 pm

    I loved the Hunger Games more than any other book i have read. I just got so into the book that i felt as if i was the character. It was amazing and i cannot wait for the sequel!!

  6. January 29, 2009 1:55 pm

    This book is on my top . i’m dying waiting for the sequal in september. does anyone know if any excerpts from Catching Fire have been let out yet?

  7. March 3, 2009 8:51 am

    I recently read this book and thought it was fantastic. Unfortunately, right on the heels of The Hunger Games I read Wake, which then made Wake seem not so great. 😦 That’s the problem with reading a great book and then something that’s not-so-great: it makes the not-so-great book pale in comparison.

  8. Sawyer permalink
    April 19, 2009 11:50 am

    I absolutly loved the Hunger Games! I can’t wait till Catching Fire comes out in September! Collins sold the film rights as well so I can’t wait till the movie!

    • Max permalink
      May 23, 2009 3:11 am

      I think you are stupid for wanting a movie!!!!
      It’ll will just ruin EVERYTHING magic about the book. GRRRRRRRRR. and it will be extremly bad
      Like the stupid Twilight series…. also it will be rated M atleast so meh YOU ARE WRONG

  9. mimi odel permalink
    May 6, 2009 2:38 am

    what about the second one!? you cant just end a fabulose book like that!


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