Katniss is a 16-year-old girl living with her mother and younger sister in the poorest district of Panem, the remains of what used be the United States. Long ago the districts waged war on the Capitol and were defeated. As part of the surrender terms, each district agreed to send one boy and one girl to appear in an annual televised event called, “The Hunger Games.” The terrain, rules, and level of audience participation may change but one thing is constant: kill or be killed. When Kat’s sister is chosen by lottery, Kat steps up to go in her place.
Oh the irony, while everyone is reviewing Catching Fire, here I am reviewing The Hunger Games.
I picked up this book at the library out of curiousity after hearing many good things about it. It took me some time to get riled up but once I got pass the first three chapters BAM! I was sucked into the story. I returned the book to the library and bought my own copy. I had high expectations for Hunger Games and I would say most of them were met. The pace was steady and there is a build up of suspense. The storyline was extremely well crafted. Katniss is a strong, skillful and clever character which makes her a compelling narrator. She is concerned for the welfare of her loved ones and is a very sensible person. And of course there’s also a love triangle. Cute but I felt that I knew too little about Gale thus I had a hard time choosing between Peeta and Gale.
Readers are told about how dangerous the Hunger Games are, making them aware of how deadly the Games are. Reading this book made me feel as though I was right there, fighting to stay alive. Can you imagine how intense this book was?
At the end you cannot help but find yourself wanting to know what happens to Peeta, Katniss and Gale. There is no doubt about this book being a bestseller. The highly anticipated sequel Catching Fire is in stores now and Suzanne is working on the 3rd book for the trilogy. A truly remarkable read.
Mini rant: This has nothing to do with the book so ignore this if you want. The Hunger Games has been getting a lot of hype here but it concerned me that it was only boys reading it! I saw two different boys purchasing The Hunger Games at different times but it struck me that it was only boys that seem to be reading it. I’m speechless. I know teens in USA, both guys and girls alike, enjoyed the novel. But why is it so few girls know about this book? That frustrates me, a lot. But hopefully once The Hunger Games movie is out, everyone will start reading this fab book.
On top of a gold star, this book falls into a special new category “absolutely HAVE TO READ”. Yes, only the best books are listed here so books listed in this category are very highly recommended by me and absolute have to buy.