The Hunger Games (Hunger Games #1) by Suzanne Collins
YA Fantasy Dystopia
Rating: 5 Stars
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 Primrose, 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.
First Thoughts: For years this book has been on my radar but I just never could get it. Many of my blog friends have read it and it was just there but I never got to. With the movie coming out and how excited I am for that I finally just bought a box set and got down to business. I have been hearing a million good things about this book so I really expect it to be that good. The thing I love about this is the simple cover. It's simple but it is everything for the book. I love it when the covers actually make sense.
Writing Style: I have literally no complaints on the writing by Suzanne. I immediately fell into the story and connected and sympathized with the novel. Suzanne has created this world that I can't even believe could exist with the life we live now. She is so good at making it real you realize how lucky we actually are.
Characters: Katniss is a very cool character. The only thing I dislike about her is the fact she can play people very easily. I think she thinks she's playing them when she's really not. She may claim she doesn't love Peeta, but I know she does. The only reason she is confused about it is because she also loves Gale. Gale is a reminder of the old life, the one where things were normal and she would never come across Peeta. But things aren't normal anymore so I don't know where that is all going to go.
Final Thoughts: Freaking amazing! I have not felt the way towards a book like this since the first time I started reading Harry Potter. It's been a very long time. In no way is this like Harry Potter but to me it is by the feelings this book gives me, the anticipation I feel when I finish to just move on to the next one. The good thing is that this series is already over so I don't have to wait for the next one, I just have to walk over to my bookcase. I was already excited for the movie but now I am even more excited since I read the book and know what's going on. Sixteen days seems too far away.