The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

The Hunger Games
Suzanne Collins
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Release Date: October 1st, 2008
Pages: 374

Rating: 3 stars

Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with every one out to make sure you don’t live to see the morning? 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, 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 will weigh survival against humanity and life against love.

I think I’m about the last person on the planet earth to read this book, and also about the first person not to absolutely adore these books. I had been told to read them for ages, particularly from Gail. The last 100 pages or so is really what redeemed it for me.

My big issue with this book was the writing. It seriously almost made me put it down, but every time I was about to do that, the book would redeem itself slightly. The first third to half of the book was awfully slow. It was slow reading, but at the same time intriguing. I didn’t really understand all of what was going on, so I wanted to know everything.

I loved the characters. Most of them all had such depth and were wonderful. Rue was absolutely my favorite character of the book. I adored her. Peeta was a character I liked right off the bat. Katniss was an interesting character, but I found her a bit annoying. I just didn’t like her thoughts. I found her flat and I didn’t like her at all.

Another thing about The Hunger Games I really did like was the world. I thought it was simply fascinating and I loved how Collins set it up.

This was overall a good read, but it just didn’t live up to what I thought it would be. I have heard nothing but glowing things for it, and while I loved all the character (minus Katniss some of the time) and thouht the plot was original and intriguing, the plot was slower and I really wasn’t a fan of the writing. The ending though, was ace, and has me extremely excited for Catching Fire.

16 thoughts on “The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

  1. I was one who didn't absolutely love it. I thought it was okay. But I agree with the above commenters that Catching Fire is much better!!! I just recently reviewed that one.

  2. *jumps up and down*

    Oooh! Me! Me! I'm the last person to read the series I think and always will be since I do not want to read it at all! ;)

    You're not alone, sweet darling Erica! Although you have read it now and I guess I'm now alone. I probably should have a bunny to snuggle to make me feel better.

  3. You found Katniss flat?! I thought she was one of the best female protagonists that I've ever read. She's got to deal with taking care of her family, and is then faced with almost certain death.

    Ah well, not everyone can love it. :)

  4. I don't love this series either (we're in minority here!) I think it's good and unique but I can live without reading the last book!
    One of my problems with this book is the names haha. I mean Katniss? What kind of name is that? ;)

  5. Aaargh. I haven't read this yet! I heard so much about this, and I'm concerned that's clogging my judgment but you've express yourself well in this review! Fab, thankies! :)

  6. I'm with the majority, I did love the each both but book two was very surprising and even more intense if that's possible, I'm hoping the 3rd and final book really takes the cake, hope you enjoy and continue with the series!

  7. You are not the last person on earth to not having read this series. I haven't read it either, but I guess I should do it soon :)

  8. I was afraid that I wouldn't enjoy it because of the hype, so I put off reading it for a while – I thought it was excellent, but I think my hate of survivalist-y plots combined with this one being interesting/unique – well, bonus points, or something. Will see how I like #2! Enjoy if you haven't started already.

  9. I was shocked to read your opinion. I loved the book from the moment i picked it up. I don't think the book was at all slow, and the plot just plain outstanding. I agree with everyone who has said that these books are amazing, and I had no idea what I got myself into the moment i read the first page.

  10. I loved this book. After reading the trilogy I have gone on to read many other dystopian books. I love the world-building and what-if scenarios that authors can explore with this genre. I had never read books of this genre before the Hunger Games books, so I'm so glad I decided to try reading something different from my normal reading tastes.

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