Book Review: The Hunger Games by: Suzanne Collins

The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)
My Rating: 3 of 5 Ravens

Publisher: Scholastic

Publish Date: 31 October 2008

Series: The Hunger Games Trilogy: The Hunger Games (1)

Synopsis: In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives alone with her mother and younger sister, regards it as a death sentence when she steps forward to take her sister’s place in the Games. But Katniss has been close to dead before—and survival, for her, is second nature. Without really meaning to, she becomes a contender. But if she is to win, she will have to start making choices that will weigh survival against humanity and life against love.

Review: This is another book I read AWHILE ago that I am just now reviewing. I read this book right before the movie came out, I hate watching a movie that is a book before reading the book. It was a quick read.

I liked the intricacies of the world that Ms. Collins built. It reminded me of Harry Potter in the way that the world was so elaborate and so all immersive. I liked Katniss, she is a beautiful character both a lover and a fighter. I also don't understand why people called Peeta/Gale/Katniss a love triangle...maybe it's from a later book (that I have still yet to read).

I liked the world, even though dystopian fiction is not my favorite kind. I think that some of the imagery and scenes were brutal and a little too much for some young adults. The whole animal thing at the end creeped ME out and I am 25 years old. This was a quick easy read but I doubt I will continue on reading the series, the movies, maybe.

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