The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

 

From Goodreads: “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 Primrose, 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.”

I adored this book. Enough said.

Everyone around me seemed to be talking only about this book. They raved and they recommended it. After hitting my maximum level of annoyance, I decided to see what all of the hype was about. What hype? All of the glowing reviews were well deserved! This book was fantastic!

Reading the blurb on the back cover didn’t really hold my interest at first. It seemed like an odd premises to write about; two kids from each district are taken to the Capitol to battle to the death. This was broadcasted on tv for the entertainment of the viewers. Kind of morbid, don’t you think? I did. I gave it a go anyways and I am so glad I did. The story follows Katniss, a sixteen-year-old girl, who volunteers to go to the Hunger Games in order to spare her younger sister. Along with her other district companion, her mentors and the skewed portrayal of young love, Katniss must try to stay alive in the brutal battlegrounds. The scenes of death were somewhat graphic, but somehow captivating. Suzanne Collins is a brilliant writer, who could turn a downright ugly story in to a beautiful addictive novel. I could not put this book down. My attention was spoken for as I waited the outcome of Katniss’ life!

I highly recommend this book! All the hype you’ve been hearing is correct. This book is amazing!

Rating – 5/5

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