“The Hunger Games”
Author: Suzanne Collins
Pages [hardcover]: 374
Opening Lines: When I wake up, the other side of the bed is cold. My fingers stretch out, seeking Prim’s warmth but finding only the rough canvas cover of the mattress. She must have had bad dreams and climbed in with our mother. Of course, she did. This is the day of the reaping.
Memorable Quote: “You’ve got about as much charm as a dead slug.”
Favorite Character: Rue & Peeta
This is the first book in a trilogy, the second of which is “Catching Fire”, available now, and the third, “Mockingjay”, comes out August 24th.
In a future North America, where the rulers of Panem maintain control through an annual televised survival competition pitting young people from each of the twelve districts against one another, sixteen-year-old Katniss’s skills are put to the test when she voluntarily takes her younger sister’s place.
[Summary taken from Goodreads]
That summary is short and sweet. It explains the book perfectly, but I’ll summarize it in further detail now. Katniss Everdeen [a nice, memorable name, as I’m usually scrambling to remember them even seconds after I finish] has lived all 16 years of her life in the Seam, the poorest section of District 12, the poorest district. Ever since the failed rebellion of the 13 Districts against the Capital, resulting in the complete eradication of Distract 13, the remaining 12 districts have been forced to compete in The Hunger Games. One boy and one girl, between the ages of 12 and 18, from each district is sent to the Capital to battle it to the death. One is victorious and brings prizes-and, most importantly, the reassurance of food, to their district.
District 12 hasn’t had a victor for over 30 years.
Katniss is a hunter, searching the woods with her partner Gale for prey. This offense is punishable by death, but a bullet to the head is nothing compared to the alternative of starving to death.
After years of struggling to keep her younger sister, Prim, alive, Katniss is devastated when her sister’s name is pulled to join The Hunger Games. So she volunteers to take her place.
Sent on a whirlwind journey to the Capital, accompanied by the boy from District 12, Peeta [who happened to save her life once before and now she’s being forced to battle to the death with him] and Haymish [her mentor, lifeline in the Games, and who is drunk nearly 24/7].
Let the Games begin.
Okay, I don’t know why, but for some reason I thought of this as a book geared toward children when I picked it up. I know, crazy. Because there is so much violence and action in this, it can’t be for anyone under the teenage years. Once that was established, I was more than happy to begin. I’ve been meaning to read it for a while and have heard nothing [NOTHING] bad about this book. I was not disappointed at all!
To start off, Katniss is a very likeable character, if a little harsh. But that’s to be expected, fending for your family after your father dies. She is very independent, doesn’t take no for an answer, and isn’t afriad to stand up for herself. I loved reading from her point of view.
There were several points of this book that could have turned very, very cliche. Because, I mean, Katniss is the main character. That means she can’t die-right? Well, you have to read to find out, because luckily Suzanne Collins saved the day by crafting interesting plot twists that took the book to new levels and leaving me hungry [haha] for more.
This book was addicting from the start. I started it Saturday night, and finished it today, Wednesday. If it wasn’t for school, this would have been finished much earlier. I’m already itching to read the next one, while “The Hunger Games” only ended for me mere hours ago! I need to get to a book store…
“The Hunger Games” gets 5/5 stars. It is excellent and should be read be anyone and everyone.