Title: The Hunger Games
Author: Suzanne Collins
Genre \ Theme: Adventure, Drama, Action, Dystopian, Science Fiction
Date Published: Sep. 14, 2008
Cover Rating: 4.5/5
Page Count: 374
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. Long ago the districts waged war on the Capitol and were defeated. As part of the surrender terms, each district agreed to send one boy and one girl to appear in an annual televised event called, “The 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 is forced to represent her district in the Games. The terrain, rules, and level of audience participation may change but one thing is constant: kill or be killed.
I had to wait a long time to read this book. I was so excited to finally start!
I found the beginning to be a little slow, and kind of hard to get into. Once we left District 12 and moved onto the Capitol it started to pick up and I found myself enjoying it more and more.
At first I found Katniss to be very closed off and suspicious of everyone, which I didn’t really like. As the story went on though, the reasons for her being so came out, and I felt like I really knew her personality, instead of just being told what she’s like.
As for the side characters – I really liked them. There wasn’t a single side character that didn’t have a purpose, which kept the story moving. The different personalities came across really well, and I hope to see more of that in the future. (I love Cinna!)
The setting was very clear to picture, which I think is essential for any dystopian\futuristic book. If you can’t see it, the reader may lose some of the enjoyment. The Capitol, District 12 – all very distinct. Great world building.
With a book like The Hunger Games, you’re going to expect a major death or two. I, unfortunetly, was spoiled for the biggest one (which I won’t say), and that ruined the moment for me. Much to my dismay, there was another death later that I didn’t see coming, and that caught me off guard, but I won’t go into too much detail on that.
All-in-all, The Hunger Games was everything that I expected, and more. I look forward to finishing the series and reading more of Suzanne Collins’ work. I plan to buy the Australian Luxury Edition.