March 7, 2011

Book Review | The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

*The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Date Published: July 6, 2010 [on Paperback]
Pages: 374

Chapters: 26
Original Language: English
Source:Borrowed [Thanks Mia!]


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 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 weigh survival against humanity and life against love.

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I have checked this book at Goodreads and obviously most or I should probably say all of the people provided a review about this one really loved it. All of it gave it a 5 star. So I am not surprised because now I am one of them. lol!

If it weren't for my friend who happens to won this book and she let me borrows it, maybe today, I am totally clueless on how amazing this book is. Let's get started shall we?

The Plot. To be honest, I don't get it at first on why on earth it is called The Hunger Games. Only one thing to find out, right? I am not too surprised when I finally knew what it means. It became very common to me but in a different situation. What do I mean? Well, I have watched a movie something alike. Do you know the Japanese movie, Battle Royale? It is a very controversial novel published on 1999 called Batoru Rowaiaru written by Koushun Takami. I wanted you to see guys how slightly similar this book to the other. [see its movie trailer here] 

Let's get back to The Hunger Games. The storyline was different, of course. Though the words rings into me similarly. "Kill to survive". I loved it! Though I was expecting more violence and gore here. It has a minimal gore on my opinion though I like how this book is written.

It amazes me on how the book really drives me wide-eyed. It was simply downright brilliant! It applies only an amount of violence in action. Still, there is violence. The fact that I truly adore reading and watching those kind of things. It makes my blood rush in excitement.

There are not much of surprises here but I don't bother to regard it because this book is all about killing and surviving. It really helps you on how to survive in the wild. Its awesome!

The Characters. Katniss. I was a very uncommon name. Very original. I really liked her when she is completely blind on what really Peeta feels about her. I would gladly slap her head on how stupid she is. lol! And I am impressed on how her life in the forest was, when the Games started. Its unlike some characters in a movie or in another book, this one really suffers intensely bad injuries. I feel bad about her though she suppressed the pain and go on. I admire her courage and strength. Collins made her vulnerable but with strong will and spirit.

Peeta. Ohhh... He is interesting. I really liked him for Katniss instead of Gale. Obviously, he is the male MC here. I really thought Gale would be in the focus but it's not. Maybe he will take part on the next two books. I don't know and I wanted to find out. *laughs*

Effie, Haymitch and Cinna are awesome too! I love them taking part on the book. They really bring out some of the amazing things out here.

Tiny Flaw. I hate to admit but there is for me. I was not satisfied on the very ending. Literally, I was not. I paused for awhile and confused when I finished reading it. However, there is still an after-shock of amazement and brilliance on the book. It helped it go back to the top. 

I really highly recommend this book to the people who loves some intense violence action. I do suggest, to take a precaution to our very young readers out there. I am definitely going to read the next two book and hopefully get one of my copies! A big salute for Ms. Suzanne Collins for creating such an amazing book! :]

*The book will be in movies now and I, myself was very excited to see if how will it turns out. You can see in Wikipedia its Film Adaptation. And I found a blogger included a post related to the movie, you can check it out here.




Book Sniper said...

Great post and nice blog. Im going to definitely add you to my blogroll.

Now about hunger games... I'm glad you enjoyed it. This is one of my favorite books so far. It totally surprized me because I didnt think I would fall for all the hype around this book. But as you now know, the book is great.

But you must not STOP here, you have to finish the Trilogy. The other books will make this book complete. :)

If you ever get a chance feel free to pass by my blog and read the review I did on it. Very similar to yours.

Twitter: @book_sniper

Alexis @ Reflections of a Bookaholic said...

Thanks for a great review. I've been hesitant to give it a try, because I was afraid of being disappointed after all the rave reviews. But now I'm just starting to feel left out.

Book Sniper said...

I know how you feel Alexix, I couldnt walk into a Walmart without running into Hunger Games, Catching Fire, or Mockingjay...

Im glad I read them now though :)

Amateur Voice said...

I bought this book on the biases that everyone I know who had read it gave it a five star rating, too. lol

I haven't read it yet, so I skipped some stuff in your review, but it was an awesome teaser for me. ;)


Lisa said...

I loved this book, I was amazed at the violence, but the story drew me in. Thanks

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