Monday, March 14, 2011

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins Review

Title: The Hunger Games
Author: Suzanne Collins
Genre: Young Adult, Dystopian
Page Count: 374 (Hardcover), 384 (Kindle)
Book Type: Hardcover and Kindle
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
ISBN: 9780439023481

Picture from Amazon

From Goodreads: 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 is forced to represent her district 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 weigh survival against humanity and life against love. 

Acclaimed writer Suzanne Collins, author of the New York Times bestselling The Underland Chronicles, delivers equal parts suspense and philosophy, adventure and romance, in this searing novel set in a future with unsettling parallels to our present.

My Review: This series has some of my favorite covers that I have ever seen. They are so symbolic and they all fit well together. 
I will start off by saying, if you have not read this series, WHY NOT? I adore how fearless Suzanne Collins is in her writing and she takes these books to places I never thought they would go. I believe Katniss is a really positive role model for our youth and genuinely a real character. She is opinionated, stubborn, a survivor and confused. These characteristics just add to the ability to view her as a tangible, real person.
I would classify The Hunger Games (and the whole series) as a must read for lovers of Young Adult or dystopian novels. You do not have to be a teenager to fall in love with this book. 
I am absolutely 100% looking forward to the movie. I am nervous about it, but mainly excited. My suggestion would be (if you’re one of the 10 people who haven’t read this) to read this before, but not too close, to the movie. Re-reading this made me really want to check out Battle Royale by Koushun Takami for the first time. I have heard nothing but good things about it and the stories are fairly similar. 
Tell me, what are your thoughts on The Hunger Games? Also, does anyone else have trouble composing reviews for books that you absolutely love? Those seem to be the hardest for me.


  1. I am one of the 10 people that hasn't yet read this series. I know. I am deeply ashamed. I have to read this soon.

    Writing reviews for books I am blown away by is impossible. I can't find the words to say something better than what I said for books I loved. I can't do them justice. I get completely stumped for awhile.

    When I don't like it quite as much then it's easier to think things other than, "Holy wow" or "Sooooo amazing." I'm seriously thinking of doing 2 reviews - 1. Just almost blank saying "Read. This. Book....NOW!" and 2. One actually discussing it. When I've calmed down. :)

    Great job with the review and not spoiling it for the less than 1% of the population that hasn't read it :)

  2. @Fiktshun

    I'm sure you'll love it when you read it! Warning though: You'll want to have a block of time in order to be able to read all of them in a row. They (the second one especially) ends with a cliffhanger. I'm eager to see what you think of them.

    I agree with you--I think books that you don't like quite as much are much easier to review. It is so easy to just point out the aspects of the story you didn't care for and also make the suggestion of what readers might enjoy the book.

    Thanks for stopping by!


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