Friday 23 March 2012

Review - The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Time taken to read - 1 day

Blurb 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.

My Review

This kind of reminded me of the old movie Running man with Arnold Swarchenegger but this time with younger people and a different edge to it. Whilst the hunger games serves as a tribute and price to be paid due to the uprising of the people years ago it also provides entertainment for the public almost like back in the Colosseum days.

This is the story of sixteen year old Katniss having to step up and face the horror, murder, brutality and trials of the hunger games, the prize - keeping her life. The story gives us a background on how the games came to be and an insight into Katniss's character very early on and her interactions with others before and during the game, giving us an insight into who she is.

It is a story that evokes and stirs up many emotions and is written so well you can picture and put yourself right into the story along with the characters. The survival side with what they have to eat made me a bit queezy and the ending was a bit sharp for me although it does ensure I will be getting the next book as I have to find out what happens so it is a 4/5 for me.

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  1. Sounds fantastic and perfect timing as the film just came out. I need to make time to read this one.

  2. I had to read all three of the Hunger Games series prior to the movie coming out and I did enjoy them! I hope to attend the movie this coming week? Are you going soon?

  3. It reminded me of The Running Man (which is actually based on a Stephen King novella) too. Was slightly annoying how Collins pretended she'd come up with the idea all by herself in the acknoweledgments, I'm pretty sure she was influenced by it. The film is much less brutal by the way ;)


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