Tuesday, December 13, 2011

The Hunger Games (#1) by Suzanne Collins

Title: The Hunger Games
Author: Suzanne Collins
Pages: 374
Publisher: Scholastic
Release Date: December 14, 2009

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
Set in the future, North America has been 

I started the series because I was really interested in the movie. I always read books before they release it in theaters. But I heard many great things about the series from all my blogger friends, so a few weeks ago I bought the entire box set.  The Hunger Games surprised me from the first few chapters. This world Collins has created was so creative that you can imagine this world of 13 districts.The writing was beautiful, it really got me into her novel and the world of the Districts. I couldn't put it down once the pace of the Capital came into view.

During the first part of the book, when they were picking the Tribunes, it was soo sad when out heroine Katniss sacrificed herself for her sister when Effie pulled out the name. This moment was presented perfectly and as the reader, it showed us how they were all chosen. 

The setting was mainly taking place between District 12 and also in the district Panem, Collins described this as the future of The United States. The weapons and creatures in the books were the main items in which the weapons were to help support the Tribune. After reading the whole Games scene you can see that this is no ordinary world of the future, it was a death sentence. 
I loved all of the characters in this book! Katniss Everdeen is one of the strongest characters I have ever read. She is stubborn, doesn't like following the rules, but she know how to survive in the wild. At the beginning you can really see that she is the provider in the family after her father passes away. Katniss hunts and uses the basic knowledge of survival to help her during the Games. Gale is her best friend at District 12, and he hunts with Katniss every Sunday. He is the other male character in her life. We dont get to know much about him in this book but I sense we shall see more of him soon!

Peeta Mellark..... how you are one sweet boy! He is the other Tribune to District 12. What I love about Peeta is his humor and how he interacts with with Katniss. He is the son of the baker, is not serious about the Games, but is willing to sacrifice his life to help save Katniss. He was one great character to read about. I was always looking forward to his parts in the book because you can see that he does harbor feelings so a special someone and he balances her and he does support her. 
My journey of The Hunger Games was fantastic! Everyone needs to read this series, and it must be because everyone is talking about this book and the upcoming movie, which looks awesome. If you haven't read this series, you must start it, its worth it. Fast paced love, action, battle and when this romance is discovered, you will want to read the next one. Be sure to have the next two books next to you after you read this AMAZING series. 



  1. YAY!!! I love this book and the entire series!! My favorite book out of the trilogy is Mockingjay!

  2. oh my goodness. I"m always so shocked when I see someone has just now read this.. Glad you loved it. This is hands down my fav series of books ever. maybe someday I'll be blown away by something better, but these book.. just wow. :p

    Bet your real excited for the movie now! :)

  3. Wow! You just read this one! Don't you wish that you didn't wait so long??? I can't wait to see what you think of Catching Fire and Mockingjay!!!

  4. Soooo I still have to read this! I started it but then got sidetracked....however I think Anthony got me the set for Christmas, we shall see! Great review, I can't wait to read them (and see the movie!)

  5. I've got this on request at my local library. There's been enough hype on the movie that my desire to read the book has hit an apex. Can't wait any longer.

    By the looks of this review, I'm in for a treat.

  6. i love hunger games..hunger games was my favorite in the trilogy..i can't wait for the movie.. :)

  7. I loved this book so so so much! My love for dystopian novels started with this book! I love the strength of Katniss as she experienced the cruelty of the Hunger Games. I also love Peeta who's so smitten with Katniss! I can't wait for the movie to come out!

  8. I think I must be one of the last people who have not read this series! I have heard great things about these books and have been wanting to read them.

  9. I so love The Hunger Games trilogy. I simply adore the Girl on Fire and the Boy with the Bread.
    And this book is my absolute favorite among the three books in the series.
    I, too, am absolutely looking forward to the movie.

  10. I like The Hunger Games and I'm on the third book, Mockingjay at the moment. It made for an interesting read, but I just felt that I could not connect with Katniss for some reason. I <3 Peeta! He's so sweet. *sigh* I'm looking forward to the movie! Great review!:)

  11. I consider The Hunger Games trilogy to be a great accomplishment for Collins and a true classic for both teen and adult readers of both sexes. I'm very pleased to give it a permanent place on my-favorite-books-of-all-time shelf where, coincidentally, it will sit right alongside The Underland Chronicles.

  12. So far, Hunger Games is my fave book of 2012! I saw the movie too and even though it was great I love the book even more. Absolutely in love with Peeta! :)


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