After hearing several people go on about how great The Hunger Games book, by Suzanne Collins, was I had to steal my sons copy. I dove into and at first was worried I was going to be a little disappointed. It started off fairly slow, but if you can push through the first few chapters it is wonderful (at least to me).
It was so good I could not put it down and finished it that day. In fact it was such an ending that leaves you going “NOOOOOOOO!!!” from wondering what is going to happen next. My advice is to go ahead and pick up book 2 (and from what I hear 3 as well) so you can jump right in. I am lucky I have a best friend with a kindle so she was able to lend me the second one when I called her to tell her I am dying to know what happens next.
The Hunger Games is written through the eyes and thoughts of Katniss Everdeen, who we learn has not had the easiet of lives but makes due. It takes place in the future in a place called Panem, which located in what used to be North America. The Capitol is the one who controls all 12 districts, there used to be 13 but it was destroyed after rebelling against the capitol. As punishment for the rebellion, the Capitol put together “The Hunger Games”, which is a game in which the tributes (participants) must fight to the death leaving one victor.
Annually, one boy and one girl from each district are chosen to fight in the games. As her sister Prim’s name is pulled for this year, Katniss, can’t stand knowing her sister would likely not survive and volunteers herself. Along with her, the boy tribute Peeta, get ready to literally fight for their lives. They make allies, get injured, fight and do what they can to survive knowing in the end they will have to turn on one another because there can only be one victor….or can there. Unknowingly taking a stand against the leaders, Katniss’ battle may not be over just because the games are if she makes it out alive.
The Hunger Games has to be one of the best books I have read in quite some time. With heros, villians, humor, sadness, anger, love, and so much more this book is one that pulled me in (after the first few chapters). A story of a young woman who has to grow up too fast. Make decisions one should never have to make and do what she can to make sure herself and her family are safe. This is a book I highly recommend, though make sure you have the ones that follow on hand or you will be left hanging. I have now started the second in the series because I could not stand to wait. No worries, I’ll let you know how it is. If you can’t find me, I’ll be glued to my kindle!
On another note, this makes me ECSTATIC for the upcoming movie. I looked at a list of the characters and the actors they got to portray the characters in the book are such a great fit. I will definitely be seeing it as soon as I can! Have you read any of The Hunger Games books?