09 June 2010 @ 02:25 pm
Book Review: "The Hunger Games" by Suzanne Collins  
Reading level: Young Adult
Hardcover: 384 pages
Publisher: Scholastic Press; First Edition edition (September 14, 2008)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0439023483
ISBN-13: 978-0439023481

Book Summary:
Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with every one out to make sure you don't live to see morning? 

In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capital surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capital 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, who lives alone with her mother and younger sister, 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.

My Review:
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins is a book that is nearly impossible to put down. Katniss is a determined heroine who steps forward to protect her sister from dying in the hunger games. The narration style keeps you in Katniss' shoes at every turn and keeps you wondering how she'll manage to survive. The Games may give readers a new light on reality TV shows and wonder if Panem is indeed the future of North America since it is so believable. It makes one wonder though what has happened to the other countries. Could they still be out there or is Panem the only country left? The trilogy gives little premise that it will answer this question, but it does still give a very intriguing story that is addicting.

Collins cliffhanger ending will no doubt leave readers desperate to pick up Catching Fire to see what dangers Katniss has to face next.

Rating: 5/5 stars for engaging plot, captivating characters, and page-turning action.
( Post a new comment )
[identity profile] katelily.livejournal.com on June 9th, 2010 08:42 pm (UTC)
Great timing! I've been looking for YA to read during the summer and was on the fence about this one. I think the shades of Battle Royale in the premise pushed me over to the "YES!" side. :)
amusingthemuse[personal profile] amusingthemuse on June 9th, 2010 08:45 pm (UTC)
I really enjoyed it. I finished it in one day and had to place a hold on the sequel at the library because I wanted to see how it ended. Now, I'm bummed because I have to wait until August!

Is Battle Royale a book?
[identity profile] katelily.livejournal.com on June 9th, 2010 11:33 pm (UTC)
Battle Royale is a Japanese film from 2000. Basically every year a class from a Japanese high school is taken to an isolated island and forced to kill each other, the last survivor winning their freedom. It's pretty over-the-top gruesome while making a whole bunch of pretty smart remarks about the pain and fear of growing up.