March 24, 2012

REVIEW: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

1. The Hunger Games

2. Catching Fire

3. Mockingjay

Whether you're 50, 15 or in between, reader or not, you are guaranteed to be smitten with The Hunger Games. If you're a fan of dystopian, futuristic or action/ adventure novels, than your cravings will be cured with this trilogy.
P.S. this series has a lot of violence and is at times quite confronting. I wouldn't recommend this to anyone under 13 or who is sensitive to violence.

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.

THE HUNGER GAMES is one of my favourite books of all time. I got it for my birthday one year and that night, I read the whole book, I could not put it down. I have recommended this book for teenagers who loved it and have read the trilogy many times, to adults who have also not been able to put it down; and have been able to convert many non-readers with this trilogy.

Collins' writing is sophisticated and descriptive, engaging and action packed. It easily keeps you waiting with bated breath, for the next instalment. You find yourself able to imagine the setting even before she has described it.

The Gale-Peeta situation is so cleverly crafted that each have their merits, making you feel indecisive and aligned with Katniss. My favourite character was Haymitch  - probably just because I thought he was hilarious; but that was just me?

All that I can say at the moment is that you have to read it. You must. You absolutely must. Right now. Go to the bookstore/ library (I don't discriminate.). Get a copy. Right. Now. Read.


Anonymous said...

Looking forward to seeing the movie,I have heard such great things. Shelley

Lyra Sullyvan said...

I like Haymitch too, is hilarious, yes, but also quite touching when you think about it!

Cute cowboy boots said...

Really descriptive review and I agree with everything you have said about the Hunger Games- It's a brilliant novel and glad you enjoyed it.

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