Saturday, December 19, 2009

The Hunger Games Review

Title: The Hunger Games  
Series: Hunger Games Book 1
Author: Suzanne Collins
Pages: 384
 Publisher: Scholastic Press 
Publication Date: September 14, 2008 
My Edition: Hardback 
Reading Level: Young Adult 
Borrowed From: the Library 

Summary from Suzanne's website:
Katniss is a 16-year-old girl living with her mother and younger sister in the poorest district of Panem, the remains of what used be the United States. Long ago the districts waged war on the Capitol and were defeated. As part of the surrender terms, each district agreed to send one boy and one girl to appear in an annual televised event called, "The Hunger Games." The terrain, rules, and level of audience participation may change but one thing is constant: kill or be killed. When her sister is chosen by lottery, Katniss steps up to go in her place. 

Review (*minor spoilers*):
Whoa, what a truly amazing book! Where should I even begin ... I really loved The Hunger Games and basically read the entire book in a sitting. (I couldn't go anywhere because there's more than 16 inches of snow on the ground!) It had a very unique story and very shocking twists. It's sci-fish but not over the top because it's set in a time not so far away. Also, there was the right amount of action and suspense even romance, but thankfully it doesn't go into much gruesome details about the competitor's death matches. I have never read anything like it and just love their unique names: Peeta, Katniss, Gale, Prim, and many others. The storyline is so original and intriguing, and who knows it could possibly happen someday. 

I love that the main character is a strong female who is tough and smart but yet she can't believe someone may not be acting; Peeta is really in love with her, but she can't see it's really true and not just an act. I really liked that the author added a little romance because it lightened up the mood of the book, and I now love Peeta. The Hunger Games is truly a page turner that will make you not want to stop reading. If you are one of the few people that haven't read it yet, go out and get it now because you will not be disappointed! I can't wait to go the library and read the sequel Catching Fire, to see what will happen next to the Hunger Game champions Katniss and Peeta. 



  1. I totally agree with this review!! I love this book so much that my 7th graders and I decided to make it our in-class study in the Spring. None of them have read it yet. Fun times! When you read Catching Fire, you won't want to put it down, either. I will say that I screamed out loud two times in the reading of that book... one at the very end. Can't wait to hear what you think! :)

    Enjoy all that snow!

  2. I also agree with this review. It's summer holidays here in Australia and I have to wait until late January to tell my students about it! I can't wait to get their reactions when they read it.

    I'm putting off buying Catching Fire until closer to Christmas - I want something good to read over the holiday, and I don't think I'll be able to resist until then!


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