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Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Posted by Irish in Uncategorized4 Comments

Publisher: Scholastic Press
Publication Year: 2008
ISBN: 0439023483
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 384
Suzanne Collins

Place(s) Traveled to: Panem

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Sometime in the distant future what we know as America is no more. In its place is a country called Panem which is made up of The Capital surrounded by 12 Districts. Each district is kept separate from each other. This is because 74 years ago the Districts rose up against the Capital….they lost and the Capital hasn’t let them ever forget. As a constant reminder of the power of the Capital each district must send 2 children, one boy and one girl, to participate in an event known as the Hunger Games. The Hunger Games is a televised event and is a fight to the death, one only child can survive….but that one survivor is then set for life never having to want for food or money again. Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins is told from the point of view of 16 year old Katniss Everdeen. She is to be the female tribute from District 12 along with the bakers son, Peeta.

I had heard a lot about The Hunger Games before I actually picked it up and so had mized feelings about it. I hate when books get a ton of hype as they so rarely live up to that expecation. So I was very happy to learn that Hunger Games didn’t just live up to the hype it exceeded it. This isn’t a new story, people trapped in a closed environment for the entertainment of others has been told before….but I think that this is the first time in which children have been used as the players and that just adds a whole new level of intensity to the story. But despite its premise this isn’t a sad novel. There is a lot of hope buried in these pages and I found that once I started it I couldn’t put it down. This is one of those must read novels its a message that everyone needs to read about. Its also a book that I could gush about all day but there isn’t much more that I can add to all the great things that have already been said. One thing I might suggest is that you wait until its sequel Catching Fire is out in September because you won’t want this story to end.

4 Responses to “Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins”

  1. Tiffany Schmidt

    This was a book YOU ‘bullied’ me into reading and I’m so glad you did. There is some Lord of the Flies flavor to the book, but there’s much more to it too. I’d heard so much hype and the premise didn’t seem very ‘me.’ So glad you suggested it… I’ve been VERY busy book-bullying everyone I know into buying their own copy! How long until book 3? Too long!

  2. bermudaonion

    I’m beginning to think I’m going to be the last person in the world to read this book. I bought it a few weeks ago, but haven’t read it yet.

  3. Irish

    Tiffany – so glad that you liked it. =) And it is far far far too long until the 3rd book!

    bermudaonion – If you’ve waited this long I’d suggest waiting just a little longer so you can grab CATCHING FIRE and read them back to back. Because you won’t want to let this story end so quickly.

  4. Laura Hartness

    Agree with your assessment of Hunger Games. I hoped it would live up to the hype, and it went beyond. I nearly DIED at the cliffhanger, so those of you reading this– do as she says and get Catching Fire ready before you start this one. I had to wait a month to read CF and it was torture! At the same time, it’s so nice to have a book series like this. I’d rather be tortured to have Book 2 than to just not care.

    Laura Hartness
    The Calico Critic