Published: Scholastic Press, 2008
Source: Library (Bedford Branch BPL)
Paperback, 367 pages
Challenges: Dystopia Challenge, 100 Books Challenge, Hogwarts Challenge, 350 Page Book Challenge
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.