Tuesday, December 27, 2011

The Hunger Games: A Review

I read this book series last week and I just had to share my review with you!

Title: The Hunger Games - Catching Fire - Mockingjay
Author: Suzanne Collins
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Publication Date: 2008

Genre: Young Adult - Science Fiction, Fantasy

Plot: First, here is the summary of "The Hunger Games" from Amazon - In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. 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," a fight to the death on live TV. Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives alone with her mother and younger sister, regards it as a death sentence when she is forced to represent her district in the Games. The terrain, rules, and level of audience participation may change but one thing is constant: kill or be killed.

Wow... what a great premise!   Such a new and exciting story!  It was a little slow in the beginning and I almost gave up on the story, but once the actually training for the games began and Katniss and Peeta arrived in the Capital, I was hooked on the story.  I finished the book as quickly as possible and moved onto Catching Fire and Mockingjay.  The whole series was read in three days; it would have been less if I hadn't needed to go to work and sleep.  Suzanne Collins did an amazing job of taking something like the idea of twenty-four children killing each other with one surviving and being entertainment and turned it into a book that will open up your eyes to the horror that this could happen someday.  The third book was not as quick as the first two, but I did enjoy it.  I wanted a little more for the ending, but that's okay. 

Romantic Element:  Katniss and Peeta, Katniss and Gale... which one is right?  Collins did a fantastic job of leaving the reader guessing who was the correct person for Katniss.  The romance element of the story was captivating and it was a love, grown from fear and actually love, but Katniss could never understand it.  She's afraid of love.  Katniss is a unique character, full of different quirks and a fresh outlook on life.  Both guys, Gale and Peeta really grew on me too.  I won't spoil it and tell you what happens between the three. 

Overall:   Even though the beginning of the first book was a little slow, and the ending of one and two were terrible because they just dropped off, The Hunger Games is an amazing trilogy and you won't be able to put it down!  I most definitely recommend this book series to anyone of all ages.  It's thrilling and page turning!  Seriously, if you are looking for something to read - definitely read The Hunger Games!

I am very much anticipating this movie, which comes out in March of 2012!


  1. I loved the trilogy too. You're right about the romantic element. I had no idea where it would go and I liked it!

  2. I love these books too! I was a fan from book 1 so I had to wait forever for Mockingjay. To ease the time I read her Middle-grade serious Gregor the Overlander and the ending to that was even more of a cliffhanger if you can believe it. You spend seven books getting invested in a world the MC may never go back to, ugh. So I was actually quite pleased with how Mockingjay turned out.

  3. I've read the Hunger Games (I heart Cinna) but not the other two. Will have to get them read before I see the movie next year.

    Great review.

  4. I can't wait for the movie, either! I loved the books. I loved her Gregor the Overlander series, too. I read tons of MG books to my kids, and the Gregor series is their favorite by far!

  5. The Hunger Games series is some kind of amazing. Nice review set up btw lol

  6. @Christine Rains - I think that was the best part of the romantic element because you didn't know who she would end up with it! It wasn't clique because the reader had no idea. Wonderful plot device!

    @Jen - I am glad that I didn't have to wait long before I could read the next one in the series. I will have to check out her other series. Thanks!

    @Angela - You definitely have to read the new two! They are totally worth it.

    @Peggy - I am so excited for the movie! March better come quickly! I haven't read her other series yet.

    @Kelley - It is some kind of amazing! A fellow blogger actually uses this template to review books and I think it is very helpful!