Author: Suzanne Collins
Hardcover, 384 pages
Release Date: September 14, 2008
Description (Taken from Scholastic)
Twenty-four are forced to enter. Only the winner survives.
In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. Each year, the districts are forced by the Capitol to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the Hunger Games, a brutal and terrifying fight to the death – televised for all of Panem to see.
Survival is second nature for sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who struggles to feed her mother and younger sister by secretly hunting and gathering beyond the fences of District 12. When Katniss steps in to take the place of her sister in the Hunger Games, she knows it may be her death sentence. If she is to survive, she must weigh survival against humanity and life against love.
The Hunger Games is well-written, smart, and full of action. The overall image of this future society where the government controls everything is so striking. Everyone who doesn’t reside in the rich capital fights just to survive and that can obviously lead to hatred for the capital and the government. On top of that, children from the ages of 12-18 are then forced to be put into the running to be forced to fight to the death. These games themselves are torture and built for some sick sort of pleasure and I loved seeing Katniss fight the rules and become more than just a pawn for the capital to play with.
Suzanne Collins advanced the plot flawlessly and I was glued to the book the whole way through. I found myself rooting for Katniss, but not wanting to see anyone else harmed. I also found myself not liking Peeta when he’s first introduced, but he grew on me very quickly. He is such a genuine, selfless character and all his actions are for a reason. On the other hand, I found Katniss to be somewhat selfish at times and there were moments where her actions got me mad, but that was the point. She is a realistically flawed character and that makes the book so much better. I was on the edge of my seat the entire way through and the ending had me begging for the next one.
Overall, The Hunger Games was absolutely incredible. The plot as fantastic and it flowed perfectly. The entire premise of the novel was so unique and the imagery was so vivid. I loved the lead up to the games and the descriptions of the wardrobes. Everything about The Hunger Games was just phenomenal.*This review is my honest opinion and I received no monetary compensation from it.