Monday, January 31, 2011

Book Review | The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
The movie excitement surrounding The Hunger Games has put the series back on the brain. I thought I would share my thoughts on this trilogy starting with the first book.

The plot of the book is a pretty twisted idea:
In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlaying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one girl and one boy between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV...
I'll admit to liking my books a little on the sick side, but the sheer volume of people who have read and loved this book is a testament to Suzanne Collins's talent. She puts kids in an arena, has them fight to the death, and people can't get enough.

I can't get enough.

The story follows Katniss Everdean, a courageous teen who will represent the twelfth district in the annual games. Katniss has to out wit, out last, and out play... OK, I was trying to see if you were paying attention. The games really are a perverse reality show, but it's not your typical Wednesday night entertainment. Suzanne Collins has created a captivating dystopian world lead by a capitol who uses these games to keep the districts in fear and in line. It also keeps the readers reading!

This book truly defines "page turner". I believe Entertainment Weekly said it takes the average person 17 minutes to read this book. It's a little bit of an exaggeration, but you get the point.

I'm not the type of reader who can easily read an entire series back to back. I like to take breaks between books to read other things. It helps prevent reader burn out for me. This series was a big exception to that rule. Thankfully the entire trilogy was out before I read The Hunger Games.

If you haven't checked out this series yet, I highly recommend it.

4/5 Stars

If you have checked it out, let me know your thoughts!

Additional topics of interest:
Movie News: The Hunger Games
Dystopian Book Reviews


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  1. I LOVED the Hunger Games. I still have to read the 3rd book. It's on my tbr pile.

    Have you read I Am Number Four? It's a bit different..more sci/fi, but definitely fun! The movie of that will be out soon.


  2. I have not read that one. I just looked it up - sounds good! Thanks for the recommendation. The title reminds me of The Passage.


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