Suzanne Collins – The Hunger Games
The blurb:Winning will make you famous.
Losing means certain death.

In a dark vision of the near future, twelve boys and twelve girls are forced to appear in a live TV show called the Hunger Games. There is only one rule: kill or be killed.

When sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen steps forward to take her sister’s place in the games, she sees it as a death sentence. But Katniss has been close to death before. For her, survival is second nature.

May the odds be ever in your favour.

My rating: 4/5
Tagged: young adult, dystopia, science fiction, fantasy
Date I started this book: 11/02/16
Date I finished this book: 14/02/16

What did I think? This book is written in first perspective, from the heroine’s aspect. Her name is Katniss Everdeen. She starts off in her home, a simple, poor area of the land. She is the provider for her mother and sister with her hunting skills. To protect her younger sister, she is sent to the capitol, along with local boy Peeta, to ‘participate’ in the annual Hunger Games.

These ‘games’ are fights to the death, aired and shown to the capitol and all 12 districts under its control, in a survival arena of sorts. The book shows, throughout the story, a somewhat futuristic dystopia society. The tributes (Katniss, Peeta and others in the game) are given basic weapons (bows, spears, clubs) and the district where Katniss is from uses herbs and eats basic foods (squirrel, wild turkey, etc) but the capitol has voice command room service, automatic hair dryers, and a camera/screen set that tracks and shows the tributes (no matter where they go) to the viewers. It is an interesting combination.

There is a ‘romantic’ setting as well. Katniss and Peeta are to appear as a united team to the people. Peeta even admits to liking her during his interview. So a setting for ‘star-crossed lovers’ is created. However, Katniss has various feelings toward Peeta throughout the book and its very realistic and understandable, especially when there is possibly another guy back home.

Yet while there are time I can relate to her, at the same time several of her thoughts want to make my roll my eyes or drop my head onto a desk. While she is survival smart, she is not people smart. She can’t socialize and cannot read people worth a darn. While it is annoying at times, it is also endearing and has created a unique character.

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4 responses

  1. Michelle says:

    I love The Hunger Games up until Mockingjay. The ending was so…rushed…but otherwise good series!~ ^^

  2. Tara says:

    I love The Hunger Games and Catching Fire. Mockingjay was a big disappointment. I need to re-read the first two one of these days. Your review is making me want to re-read them, haha 😀

  3. Kya says:

    Thanks for sharing your review and thoughts on the book. I thought it was a very good concept and had an interesting plot towards the dystopian real of society. I can understand what you mean about eyerolling haha. Part of me kind of wishes that the romantic element wasn’t there, but I am sure a lot of people liked that. xD

    • Megs says:

      I always have to keep reminding myself that Katniss is a teenager, that she’s been pretty sheltered in a way and so no, her actions aren’t always going to be… as logical as they could be! 🙂