Tuesday, August 19, 2008

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

North America, is ruined and in it’s place rises Panem, “...a shining Capitol ringed by thirteen districts, which brought peace and prosperity to its citizen.” (19) But the peace and prosperity is diminishes when there is an uprising of the thirteen districts against the Capitol (this period of time is known as theDark Days). Twelve districts were defeated and the thirteenth destroyed. To ensure this never happens the Treat of Treasons is created with new laws that guarantee peace and as a reminder of the Dark Days the yearly Hunger Games are born.

Each of the twelve districts must provide two tributes, one boy and one girl, to participate in the Hunger Games. In total there will be twenty-four tributes (between the ages of twelve and eighteen) who will be imprisoned in an outdoor arena that could be anything from a burning desert to a frozen wasteland. Competitors fight to the death until there is only one tribute alive. The game is broadcasted all over on live T.V.

This year sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen is forced to compete in this brutal battle when she volunteers to take the place of her beloved younger sister Prim. The boy tribute is Peeta, the boy who showed her kindness and risked his well being, when he gave her loaf of bread and hope when Katniss and her family was starving. This further complicates her feeling once she is in the battle and it’s a matter of saving only herself. The arena is infested with unimaginable creatures that can kill any human within minutes. Danger lurks in every dark corner. How will Katniss survive? What sacrifices will she have to make?

This was so original and amazing! The whole concept of the games and the history of Panem was intriguing. That definitely made the book stand out, as well as it being told from Katniss’ perspective because it allows to you to experience the pain, sadness, and the hunger she’s feeling. Peeta and Katinss relationship was interesting because of their contrasting personalities.

Hunger Games is filled with action that will get your adrenaline pumping. The enthralling adventures of the girl from District 12 are memorable and you'll be hungry for more!

Hunger Games is the first book of the new series by Suzanne Collins (author of the Underland Chronicles). I highly recommend getting this book. Translation: READ IT! READ IT! READ IT! You can bet my friends will be getting a copy of this book from me whenever an occasion calls for me to get them a gift. lol

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  1. I'm reading this book soon and am really excited for it. It looks good! Nice review! Oh, and I've added you to my blog list. :)


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    Pretty different from this book, but excellent all the same!

  3. Long time no post!

    They're names are really original, let alone the plot. Great review May. :)

  4. I loved this book!

  5. I WANT THIS BOOK SO BADLY! >.< So jealous of you having a copy! I've only heard great things. *sighs*


  6. Wow, I love your blog. You manage to find books that I've never heard of (and I make a point to know about asmany as I can) and they are so interesting. I can't wait to read this book, you've convinced me. Also, your reviews are wonderfully written, I really enjoy reading them. I am definitely an avid follower of your blog now (I'm also from book divas). Keep it up, I'm loving it.

  7. Hi! Thanks for visiting my blog a while back.

    Yes, Louise Renninson is somewhat similar to Meg Cabot. Not exactly in writing though. I think that if you like Meg Cabot, you would like Louise Rennison. She's absolutely hilarious. She has her own sort of language in her books too. All of them make me laugh!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog!


  8. This sounds like an interesting one - it reminds me of Battle Royale and The Long Walk, in an odd way.

  9. When does this book come out? (or is it out already?). And thank you for commenting on my blog, it was very sweet.

  10. Thank you Liv, Lenore, Vanessa, towerofbooks, Steph, Laura, and Liviana for your comments!

    Heather:The book has not come out yet. There are conflicting dates as to when The Hunger Games will come out. But it will between the beginning of September or October from what I can gather. (And your welcome about the comment, your post was really good.)

  11. Ooh...sounds like a good book. :)

  12. I just read this. Holy crap it is so good. It reminded me of The Giver (crossed with The Gladiator). I couldn't put it down! I would have read through the night if I hadn't had to work the next day.

    Cool blog. Wish I could have done something like this when I was in school. I added you to my reader. I'm looking forward to seeing what you read this year. :) Good luck this semester!

  13. Whatcha talking about, this is an awesome review!

    And... you got to read this in August? (ARC, I'm guessing?) Lucky!

    The concepts behind it were so awesome; it was deep, but not like "eww schoolwork deep"; kind of crept up on you. 'Twas nice.

    Ha, does this mean you're in the running for an ARC of Catching Fire as well then?