The Hunger Games – review (YA)

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Since the second Hunger Games movie is coming out, I figured it would be a good time to review The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins.

Here is the summary on the back:

Winning means fame and fortune. Losing means certain death. The Hunger Games have begun…

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 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 weigh survival against humanity and life against love.

I have to say, I was reluctant to read it at first. I usually am reluctant to read hyped up books. But, once I started reading I got hooked. It’s a face paced, action packed book, but it also describes scenes intriguingly well. I also have to admit, the present tense in first person took me a bit to get used to, but that’s really a personal preference and it faded to the background once I got into the story.

Katniss, though gruff at times, is a lovable character. I love her because she is a strong independent character, but I’ve always loved the strong heroine types. I find, though, that even her more subtle attributes and her flaws make her lovable. I quickly became involved in a lot of the characters, actually. I’m also not one for love triangles usually, It seems most books have them, though. But, I wouldn’t really call this a love triangle, or at least it didn’t get that far in my opinion.

This book, as well as the series, can get quite intense. I hadn’t read a book like it before. Not only is Katniss dealing with teenage things and family problems, but she is dealing with a brutal game to the death. It is amazing to follow her journey and read what decisions she makes.

On top of this brutal game she’s in and the brutal society that created it, there are undertones of so many different types of love. The love she has for her sister, for example, is one of the most profound connections in the book. It is beautiful.

There’s really something for everyone. There’s a little romance, a little drama, a lot of action, and a lot of depth. In my opinion it’s worth a read.

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Posted on September 30, 2013, in Fantasy and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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