The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins

Most of you must be familiar with the name of this book by now, this being one of the most awaited movies of the year. I’ll be watching the movie soon but before that, here is my view on the book.

” The Hunger Games” is the first part of a young adult series written by Suzanne Collins. The story is set in the future in a place called Panem, what was once North America. After an unexplained war/rebellion the country is now in ruins and divided into districts, all under the control of The Capitol. As punishment for the rebellion, The Hunger Games are hosted every year where a boy and a girl from each district are chosen as ‘tributes’ to compete and to fight the other tributes. The last one alive is the winner.

The story is told from the perspective of 16 year old Katniss Everdeen. Katniss belongs to District 12, one of the poorer districts where the main occupation is coal mining. After her father, a coal miner, passes away she has to take on the responsibility of looking after her family. She makes sure that her family has food to eat by hunting outside the limits of the district with her best friend Gale. When her sister is selected as a tribute for the Hunger Games she volunteers to go in place of her sister. The other tribute from her district is a boy named Peeta Mellark. The rest of the story follows their days as part of the Hunger Games. The image that the novel creates of the future is very realistic. Instead of using high-tech gadgets,super cars or spaceships, the author has presented a more ‘normal’ view of our future but a dark one as a result of wars. I liked reading the part of the novel about the games. The author has presented it in a manner that is sure to make you keep reading to find out what happens next.

I would love to write more about the story but I don’t want to spoil it for those of you who haven’t read/watched it yet. Even though it’s a Young Adult novel, I’m sure fans of other book- categories will enjoy it. I really enjoyed reading this book and will be starting the next part of the series in the coming month.

 
If you have read the book or watched the movie, please leave your view as a comment. I’d love to hear what you think of it.

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28 thoughts on “The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins

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  2. LOVED the book. I had trouble putting it down. Got GF to read it, and she is completely into the series. She must have read all three in less than a week. We are super pumped for the movie. The book is so good that the movie can’t possibly disappoint.

  3. I found these books sooo addictive! Couldn’t put them down for fear of what might happen next. Looking forward to seeing the film but not sure of some of the casting choices.

  4. Loved it, can’t wait for the film!

  5. DatsMaStyle says:

    This is a great movie…great book…

  6. Annie says:

    These books are among my absolute favourites! Collins writing is brilliant, I could not stop turning the pages. The movie is great as well 🙂

  7. rumpydog says:

    I confess I hadn’t heard of the book until the movie hype began. But I am interested in reading it now.

  8. I agree that this is a good book. However, I just can’t seem to get into Catching Fire so I stopped reading it half way. THG is a really enjoyable read though.

  9. Chooksta says:

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  10. natasiarose says:

    I love the books! When I’m reading them I’m totally, 100% engrossed in Katniss and her world. That’s a really impressive skill for a writer to have. I’m also impressed with the diversity of the character’s ethnicity’s as 99% of sci-fi/post-apocalyptic books are predominately white.

    I’m older than the books intended audience, so it’s kind of embarrassing how much I love these books! I’m reading Catching Fire right now. :p

  11. GJ Scobie says:

    It’s on my list to read shortly. I haven’t seen the film but I have heard good things about it.

  12. You will love the second tow books, especially Catching Fire. Excellent Trilogy. And the movie is very good, very well adapted. I loved that there are parts of the movie that feel like you’re reading that part…

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