Title: The Hunger Games
Author: Suzanne Collins
Book #: 1 in the “Hunger Games” trilogy
Genres: Young Adult, Dystopian
Publication: December 2011, by Scholastic
“May the odds be ever in your favor”
Yep. I did it. I finally read the hunger games. For the first time! After all the hype and everyone telling me I have t read this series, I finally gave in and decided to read it. And I’m happy to say, I really liked it!
So we have Katniss. A 16-year-old who lives in the worst part of the world possible, District twelve. This is the poorest of all districts and on top of that every year one boy and one girl have to be selected to join the hunger games along with a boy and a girl from the other eleven districts. These hunger games is basically a fight to the death in a made-up arena/world and each year only one person comes out alive. As you may have guessed, Katniss is joining the hunger games this year!
The book is written from Katniss’ point of view, which I really enjoyed. She is a really strong female character, providing for her family ever since her father died and taking care of her mother and her little sister. It’s obvious how much she loves her sister when she decides to take her place in the hunger games, which also shows a lot about her character and how selfless she is.
And then we have Peeta and Gale. Gale is Katniss’ hunting partner and her best friend who might even be a little more than that. And Peeta is the guy who joins Katniss in the hunger games. Now, I know that Peeta has many fans, but I really can’t see why. I mean he is real sweet and all, but there isn’t anything special about him. Katniss doesn’t seem to pay that much attention to him and even towards the end *Highlight text to view spoiler* I don’t get the feeling that she’s into him. Even when she saves him at the very end it feels more like an act of rebellion and maybe friendship than an act of romance. So I don’t really get what the fuss is all about. I actually think I prefer Gale, even though we don’t see a lot of him in this book.
I really liked the more minor characters of the book. Haymitch, Rue, Effie Trinket, they make the book a lot more interesting. Even though *Highlight text to view spoiler* I didn’t trust Rue at first, I was quite sad when she died. At first I thought she was just pretending to be young and innocent so that Katniss would protect her, but was completely wrong there. As for Haymitch and Effie they were quite funny characters in my opinion and added an extra something to the story.
As for the story, I really did like that. It’s again the typical story of a dystopian society, where the evil government is in control and everyone else pretty much suffers, but I think the whole “hunger games” idea is what makes it so special. I enjoyed the second half of the book a lot more than the first one, as we were during the game. The preparations for the game were also quite interesting, but I truly loved the second half!
In conclusion, I liked this book. I think if I had read this when it first came out, I would like it a lot more! But after having read quite a few dystopians I still really, really like it, but I don’t think it’s anything THAT special. I can see why everyone loves it, though.
When I wake up, the other side of the bed is cold.
Really enjoyed it!
I think if I read it when it first came out, I would find it a lot more special
A really good dystopian with a great story and characters.
Recommend it for…
- Fans of Dystopians
- Fans of the Divergent trilogy