Monday, February 28, 2011

Book Review: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Title: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Published: Scholastic Press, 2008
Source: Library (Bedford Branch BPL)
Paperback, 367 pages
Challenges: Dystopia Challenge, 100 Books Challenge, Hogwarts Challenge, 350 Page Book Challenge

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 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 weigh survival against humanity and life against love.

First sentence: “When I wake up, the other side of my bed is cold.”

I DID NOT WANT THIS BOOK TO END!! Lately, I’ve been reading longer novels. I started the year out at a full sprint to tackle the 100 books I promised myself this year but now that I’m ahead, I’m slowing down and savoring masterpieces like this one. I mean, what can I say about it that no one else has? The pacing is perfect. I did not feel like I was being rushed through the book at all and when there were slow moments, I savored them as they were opportunities to get to know Katniss’ back-story. The setting is believable. I didn’t feel loaded down with too many made up words and ideas that some authors of dystopian novels like to come up with.

The characters are perfect. I know who they all are, I know how they would react under any circumstance. Yet, Collins didn’t overload us with exposition and anecdotes that were just filler. Speaking of characters, omg Katniss. I freaking love this girl. Everything about her is so fierce. From the way she loves to the way she hates she is my freaking YA Dystopian Idol. I had a hard time picturing what exactly she’d look like at first but this was due to me seeing drawings of some of the characters before I really got into the book.

All in all, I give The Hunger Games One million stars out of 4 stars. Seriously this book is beyond…BEYOND awesome and now that you’re done reading this review, please do yourself a large favor and read this book if you haven’t already. I cannot wait to read the others.


  1. One million out of 4 stars... yep, that sounds about right... :)

  2. I agree 200% I recently finished reading this book and I can't believe it took me so long to get to it!! I can't wait to see what you have to say when you finish the whole series ... I'm going to be starting Mockingjay soon!

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  3. I agree wholeheartedly with your rating :)

  4. Yes! AGREED! So well said :)

  5. One million stars! Every person I know who's read this does agree with you, looking forward to what you think about the other books in the series :D

    Brush Up On Your Reading


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