Monday, April 18, 2011

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

The Hunger Games is epic! I absolutely loved this book. The story is so intense you feel as if you are part of it all. I don’t think there was a time where I wanted to put it down!

The Hunger Games introduces us to a family who lives in the famished District 12 that lies in the nation of Panem. The main character, Katniss Everdeen (a hunter and gatherer), is an self-sufficient girl who has taken the task of caring for her family.

Katniss, I feel, was the perfect character. I loved that she was independent, but not hard, as she cares deeply for her family and her best friend Gale. She is a faultless example of what it’s like to be strong and have the will to survive.

Each district has a reaping in which names are picked at random. Those called are hauled off to be one of the contestants for the Capitol’s Hunger Games, a national TV show, (Reminiscent of the Running Man movie) in which each contestant fights to the death to be the last one standing! When Katniss’ younger sister Prim is called at the reaping, Katniss acts upon impulse to protect her sister and take her place in the games

Alongside Katniss fights Peeta Mallark, the boy who had helped her once before. Although they are not friends, there is an association, but all seems lost when the Hunger Games begin.

Peeta is a nice guy and quite likable. I liked him from the beginning, where we learn about Katniss’ first encounter with him. The way Collins describes him doesn’t make him this amazing, out of this world kind superhero. Peeta is an ordinary boy, who just likes Katniss, regards the games as a death sentence, but also has the will power to survive.

I had hope for both characters throughout this book and I couldn’t fathom what would happen next! That is why The Hunger Games kept me on edge at all times and it was just fantastic I recommend everyone read this book.

5 Stars !!


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