Book Review 1: Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Posted August 25, 2009 by Lisa Mandina in Review / 2 Comments

Book Review 1:  Hunger Games by Suzanne CollinsThe Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Series: The Hunger Games #1
Published by Scholastic Press on October 14, 2008
Genres: YA Dystopia
Pages: 374
Source: Bookstore Employee Checkout
Format: Hardcover
My Rating: five-stars

Could you survive on your own in the wild, with every one 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 weight survival against humanity and life against love.

So, I finished the first book I chose from the Truman list in 2 days, which is about the time I have to read each book in order to get it done in time to meet the deadline. The book was Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. The main character is named Katniss. They live in a futuristic world where there had been some kind of rebellion, and now many people live in districts that are controlled by the Capitols. Once a year each district must choose 2 kids to compete in the Hunger Games. There will be only one survivor, the rest either die or get killed by the others. Katniss goes when her 12 year old sister’s name is called and she volunteers to take her place. She goes with another boy, one that it seems may have had a crush on her for a long time. But she must fight her way to live and get back to her family, which means she will have to kill her fellow District 12 participant along with 10 other kids. They’re thrown out in to the wilderness, in kind of a killer survivor type situation. They must fight for the things they need and hide and hunt. Katniss has a bit of an edge with hunting because she’s had to do that to take care of her own family since her father died in a mine explosion. I really, really liked this book. And I was shocked when it ended, but glad to see it said “end of book one” so that means I will get to find out what happens next! In fact, I actually sold the book to a customer tonight and it is possible I may make it my next staff rec at work. I turned it back in and checked out The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman for my next read. I also plan to go by Mid Continent tomorrow after my doctor’s appointment so that I can get the ones they’ve got on hold for me. I have to finish this one by Wednesday night. Hope I can do it, things are getting really busy.

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