Monday, March 21, 2011

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

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 will weigh survival against humanity and life against love. 

I have nothing else to say about this book except for wow. This book was definitely one of the best books I've read. It was unique in every single way, and I think we can all say we've never read something like this before. When I first saw this book and read the summary, I wasn't that interested in reading it. But when I started reading it, it was a drug. It made me addicted to it. I was caught in Katniss's world, in the Hunger Games. This is one of those books that will keep you thinking and dreaming about it even long after you've finished it. What I also loved about this book was that it wasn't all roses and rainbows and daffodils, it was realistic and drastic. I liked the graphic way it described the games and everything every character did in order to survive. It shows that part all of us have but never take into account, our survival instinct. What we would be capable of doing just to survive. Katniss was an amazing leading character, it inspired strength and desire to be free. She showed that she could make the rules herself, Katniss was definitely not a damsel in distress, but rather a Robin Hood, a Joan of Arc. If we had to describe Katniss in just one word, it would be the word heroic. And Peeta, you fall in love with this guy since he first shows up. Some authors do a great job writing a lovable male character. But Suzanne Collins did a hell of a job. So, in concluison, this book is amazing, if you're thinking about reading it, do it!

How Many Stars?
5 stars 


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