The Hunger Games

The Hunger Games
by: Suzanne Collins

Series: The Hunger Games Trilogy, Book 1

Published: 2008

# of pages: 374

I expected this book to be more young adult than it really was. I don't know why I thought this, but I figured a book about teens being forced to kill each other couldn't really be about teens killing each other. I was wrong and although it sounds horrible, I'm glad I was. The story is violent, but I still recommend it. It's thought provoking and reminds me of what our society could very well have turned into or could possibly turn into in the future.

The story is about two teens forced to take part in lethal "games" as punishment for a decades old uprising and for the entertainment of the wealthy in a future society that broadcasts the violence on TV. Katniss and Peeta are chosen to participate in the games out of all the other teenagers in their region. There can only be one winner of the Hunger Games so although Katniss and Peeta get along very well, Katniss is determined to remain as distant as possible because she knows very well she may have to kill - or be killed by - Peeta.

The entire story is fast paced and full of excitement. Collins does an amazing job with character development and the descriptions of the futuristic world she created. I enjoyed the character of Katniss because she isn't your typical female protagonist. She's aloof and tough, but has a soft and compassionate side as well. Her reactions to situations and the other characters are perfect for who she is supposed to be.

The sequel to the novel is being released in September - I'll definitely be reading it! I've also heard that this is going to be made into a movie which will be released in 2011. I recommend this to all young adults 15 & up (I think it's too violent for younger young adults) and all adults, especially if you enjoy books with a sci-fi twist. I was also pleased to see that this is a book that guys can enjoy just as much as girls will.

Other reviews:
Framed and Booked
Tripping Toward Lucidity
Escape in a Book

Have you reviewed this? Let me know and I'd be happy to post yours as well.


Nymeth said...

I'm starting to think I'll be the last person on the blogging world to read this :P I might as well wait until September now and also get the sequel, though.

Andrea said...

I somehow missed all of the reviews out about this book. My mom read it and gave it to me, after reading it I realized how popular it really is. I'd wait until September too, I wish I had, but my mom had a copy and our library has a huge waiting list for it, so I took it while I had the chance!

Lisa said...

I had this one from the library but it was due back before I got to it. I was about to comment that I was going to have to try to getit again soon, but now I'm thinking I need to just wait.

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