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Friday, April 1, 2011

Book Review, "Hunger Games" by Suzanne Collins

"The Hunger Games" by Suzanne Collins


Hunger Games is a dystopic young adult novel. The setting is Panem, the Capitol (the governing city of Panem) and its 12 districts. The protagonist, sixteen year old Katniss Everdeen, lives in the Ream in District 12. She hunts and gathers food in forbidden land along with her friend Gale, to prevent her family from starving to death. She is essentially the provider for her family. District 12 is known for mining coal and is one of the poorest districts. Its residents are starving from the lack of basic needs and food. Every year there is a Reaping, where 2 contestants (one boy, one girl) are chosen from each district to do battle at the Hunger Games. The Hunger Games is a battle to the death, where only one child out of the 24 contestants can survive. The winner will gain food and honor for their district. The contestants are children, between the ages of 12-18 and all must participate, unless there is a volunteer. On the day of the Reaping, Katniss's twelve year old sister Prim is chosen as the girl tribute from District 12. Katniss volunteers in her place. The other tribute from District 12 chosen to go is a baker's son named Peeta.


The novel takes the reader on a roller coaster journey of emotions. I was mad at Panem and its society for allowing this to take place. I was rooting for Katniss the moment she step foot in the Capitol when the Hunger Games began. What I enjoyed about the book was that Katniss often recognized her own mistakes, so when I thought she made a bone headed move, it would be revealed in the book that Katniss thought she did as well. I love characters that have flaws and it's even better when characters later recognize those flaws. Otherwise, readers can become apathetic towards the protagonist. But not with the character Katniss, I'd tell myself, "it's okay Katniss. Keep going, you have ass to kick." You will cheer for Katniss, a young girl struggling to survive, so she can get back to her home and continue to provide for her family by making sure they don't starve to death.

There are some underlying tones of political and social struggle. You see it in the way District 13 was annihilated from existence when it chose to fight back. But now the other poor districts are afraid to seek their own liberation. The residents, "allow" the dictators of Panem to kill off their children every year for what? They are still hungry and poor. It's an amazing quick paced read. I am thrilled that Suzanne Collins chose young adolescents as the protagonist. If it had been adults, I may have lost interest. Suzanne Collins also has a great way of using language to describe settings, surroundings, attire, the atmosphere and emotions. The author's use of dialogue come across as sincere, natural, funny, humorous and relevant. Her ability to craft powerful sentences with such intense imagery is remarkable.

I highly recommend this book. I give it:

 4 STARS ****

Excerpts, Memorable/Favorite Quotes

“Here’s some advice. Stay alive.”  ~Haymitch Abernathy

“Only I keep wishing I could think of a way to…to show the Capitol they don’t own me. That I’m more than just a piece in their Games” ~Peeta Mellark


  1. The Hunger Games is definitely on my "to read" list!! I've been hearing about it for a while.

  2. CUC, I went on ahead and bought the other two; Catching Fire and Mockingjay. This was a good read. You will enjoy it.

  3. Do you have any recommendations for some good non-fiction?

  4. I don't generally read a lot of non-fiction. But there is a blog that caters to that genre that you might like to visit sometime and may be of interest.

  5. one of the greatest books of all times =D

  6. I'm glad to have found your blog! I've been hearing about this book, wondering whether I should give the series a shot or not... And you've finally helped me to decide! I'll be adding this to my to-read list.

    Actually, I'll be following you. For further discoveries (laughs)

    Thanks for sharing!

  7. Glad you like it. I really liked Hunger Games. You will hopefully enjoy it as well. I just finished reading the sequel, "Catching Fire." Not my cup of tea, but win some, you lose some. :-)

    And I'm very happy you stopped by and joined my blog. Hope to stay connected on this blogging journey. Have a wonderful weekend.

  8. Ok....I'm following ur blog nd list of recommended books...I'm gld u gave it a good review...cause I really liked it!!

  9. Certainly sounds like you and your readers really enjoyed this. I had fun reading it, although I'm not sure I'd go as far as skittles and call it "one of the greatest books of all times". Decent, but I wanted more from it in terms of exploring the themes that were there to be considered.

    My review: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins


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