The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, book 1) by Suzanne Collins
Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone 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.
The Hunger Games has probably been the most popular series since Twilight and Harry Potter. It’s hard not to hear what people are saying about them at this point. A lot of people think their just an excuse to write about kids killing kids. A chance to spin a love triangle for another “silly YA romance.” In all honesty the reason I’ve put off reading them is simply because popular books usually tend to let me down. Well I can definitely say this book is an exception.
The world that The Hunger Games takes place is a futuristic look where the USA no longer exists, the land is different now, Panem is the new power. The Capital runs the country and the people of the 12 districts are ruthlessly controlled. Starvation is a common thing to die from and people rarely make it to old age. Once a year two children of each sex is drawn to participate in The Hunger Games, where they will fight to the death. The Capitals reminder that rebellion against them is futile and that the people should be grateful to have such a government.
HG is a shocking look into the type of government system that every human fears. Where one wrong word or action could be taken as rebellion against the government, when it was only an act of survival. It’s amazing hearing the indifference of the Capital population about the slaughter of innocents, kids between the ages 12-18. The world is well thought out and a cold slap. One that I thick every reader should experience.
Even though Collins first entry into the series is small and her writing style simple, everything is felt. Every time Katniss avoided death I was their experiencing it, I could believe in her no nonsense character. Each character comes across exactly as the author painted them, caring, frivolous, loving, scary, deadly, and sad. What’s more is the love triangle in her is phenomenal. Katniss is girl who doesn’t want love or the consequences of bringing a child into such a horrible world. Love is nothing she’s pondered about, she has more important things to worry about such as keeping her family alive and fed. This causes the love story to become enchanting as it creeps up on Katniss.
The Hunger Games is well worth all the buzz. It’s raw and haunting, leaving readers to ponder the story long after they’ve read that last page. The romance is beautiful and subtle—and I can count on one hand how many love triangles I’ve read that I can actually say felt real, and I wanted to continue. The first book sparks a fire within to see the Capital fall and the people freed—rebellion. This book played so well with my emotions I know that I’ll follow this series to whatever end.
Sexual Content: Some kissing and stuff. There’s a lot of human cruelty in here.
4/5- Great! Really enjoyed it.
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