Jan 13, 2011

Review: The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games #1) by Suzanne Collins

Title: The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games #1)
Author: Suzanne Collins
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Date Published: Oct. 1 2008
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction
My Rating:

Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don't live to see the morning? 

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.

This had been a draft review for the longest time. I just couldn't seem to put my thoughts into words. This book was seriously amazing. The concept and characters were great. This story was really engaging and it was really hard to put down. Some ideas and names can be recognized from Greek mythology stories which I didn't know until someone pointed it out to me.

The setting is in an unspecified future after North America was destroyed by its own humanity and what was left of it was divided into 13 districts. One of those districts didn't last long, after they tried to rebel against the Capital, which is the government in charge of all districts. Because of that rebellion and the hopes that the event would not repeat, the Capital creates an annual event where people will be reminded that it isn't a very good idea to even think about trying to overthrow the Capital. Two kids from each district, a boy and a girl, all come together to fight on live television, only one being able to survive. This is where Katniss comes in to the story. Katniss is a 16-year-old girl who lives with her mother and little sister. Katniss becomes involved in the games along with another boy and from there many things begin to occur.

This book is seriously one of my favorites. I even got my mom a Spanish version of The Hunger Games so she could get into reading. My mom was never interested in reading and she said she never would be, until my brother and I made her read this book and I was really surprised when she couldn't put it down! The only bad part is that she keeps bugging me about getting her the second part Catching Fire.

I don't think anyone can hate this book, yes there is a lot of violence but I don't consider it a bad thing because it all meant something. What I loved the most after its symbolism and all the meanings, were all the twists and turns! There was a surprise in every corner, I recommend this book to everyone. Like I said, there isn't anything negative I can say about this book... neither can my mom.


  1. I love this series too. I am your newest follower I found you from chat linkie
    Brandi from Blkosiner’s Book Blog

  2. hey thanks! now i'm following you too :D

  3. Ahh.. I think you already know how much I love this book. ;) Plus, I think it's definitely my favorite of the three.

    Great review Steph! :)


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