Book Review – Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Title: Hunger Games
Author: Suzanne Collins
Format: Paperback
Written: 2008
Published: 2009

Almost anyone who is anyone has at least heard of the book Hunger Games, or rather the movie at least.  As I have never seen the movie I won’t touch anything to do with it, not to mention this is a book review site rather than a movie review site.  It was a combination of it coming out in movie form and the hype, both good and bad, that caused me to want to read the book.  I knew very little of the plot but the trailer looked good and I had a few friends who liked it, not to mention I wanted to finally understand the references I saw on the internet, so I went out and bought the book seeing as it was cheap at Wal-Mart, and I found that it was difficult to put down.

Hunger Games is a gripping story that pulls you in and gives you a vivid picture of the world (Panem) in which our heroin Katniss lives.  From the start you are given a lot of detail of Panem and Katniss’ life as she and her friend Gale face the Reaping, in which two children from the 12 districts of Panem are chosen to compete in what is known as the Hunger Games – a gruesome battle to survive against the environment and one another, something Katniss is not exactly a stranger to.  She has fought for survival against the environment her whole life, working hard to keep herself and her sister Prim alive.  This is why when her sister is chosen as tribute to participate in the Huger Games Katniss volunteers instead.  It is a rather touching moment and you happen to feel for and understand Katniss as she struggles with everything that is put before her.  She comes across as a very self-sacrificing individual.  One of the many problems with being in the Hunger Games is the boy tribute is a boy named Peeta who was the one person who has ever really been truly kind to her.  She tries to push those feelings of gratitude behind, and look at him as the enemy as she will more than likely need to kill him in the Hunger Games.

As Katniss prepares for the games, she is faced with the particular problem of Peeta claiming that he is in love with her.  This adds a whole other level of issues for Kantiss as she likes Peeta but not in that way, as love is something she has never really considered, not even with Gale her close friend.  Soon after the Games begin, a lot of interesting twists follow in the form of alliances to the rules of the game changing, to many other things, that serve well to keep a reader interested and following the story till the end.

Overall, I would say that the book was a good read and I rather enjoyed it.  Near the end I found it was impossible to put down as Suzanne Collins crafted a gripping story that will in some ways shock and surprise you.  Over all I would give the book a three page rating, it is a book I’d recommend to someone who is looking for something to read but I wouldn’t go so far as to say that it is a must read, as so many before me have said.

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