The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Wednesday July 6, 2011 at 12:40 am |

 

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, who lives alone with her mother and younger sister, 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 will weigh survival against humanity and life against love.

 *****WARNING SPOILERS TO FOLLOW*****

I’m not going to review this book as it’s been reviewed a million times over and there probably isn’t much more I can say.  But I do want to take this time to rave about it.  Can I just say how much I LOVED this book!!  OMG, everybody was right and I’m glad I picked it up.  At this very moment I am anxious to read the rest of the series!

Now, first I have to say is WTH to the Capitol!  How inhumane and cruel is that to take children and make them fight to the death while filming it for the world’s amusement and entertainment?  How barbaric and despicable!  And to make people live in such poverty and despair, and for that to be the norm.  Uggghhh!  I couldn’t imagine living in Panem.  And even though it was supposed to be post NA, it reminded me of the time in history when Jews were being persecuted and slaves taken.  It just had that whole aura about it.  And it was heartbreaking.  I just wanted to gather all those kids in my arms and hug them til it all went away.

And Katniss….she is my new SHERO.  First to take on as much as she did at home and then to find herself in those games because she couldn’t escape the love she had for her sister.  Seriously, I would never want to be apart of ‘The Hunger Games’, but the Games were created so real and vividly I wanted to be there with Katniss, Rue, and Peeta to help and protect them.  She made me want to go camping and learn to live off the land.  And she damn sure made me want to find a bow and arrow and get some practice in.  I used to make kiddie bows and arrows as a kid.  But I’m sure none of them compared to the one’s Katniss had, and certainly not her skill.  When she shot the apple out the pig’s mouth…no no no…when she destroyed the Careers supplies!!  I was so pumping my fist in the air!

And Peeta, dear sweet Peeta.  Can I just say I adored him ever since the bread story.  Let me tell you something ladies, any man who will sacrifice for you, is a KEEPER.  And to have that quality as a CHILD….EPICALLY RARE!  Now as far as him being with Katniss and who I like for her better, I’ll reserve judgement until I read the rest of the series.  I feel at this very moment I don’t know enough about Gale to make a solid decision.  But I do love Peeta.  He’s not as assertive as I tend to like, but he’s a beautiful person and Katniss could do worse.  I think they balance each other out nicely.  He’s funny and light hearted where she’s serious and together.  I’m curious to see how the relationship develops.

Minors.  Loved Rue, Haymitch, and Cinna.  Rue was cute and I felt like she was my little sister.  I was literally shouting NOOOOO when she got killed.  She was so smart and brave, and honestly it infuriated me that they allowed a 12 yr old in there among all those older kids.  I mean it stinks period, that any of them have to do that, but with her I was like COME ON…are you serious?  And I liked Haymitch…I just knew there was something more to him, and I hope to find out more in the other books.  But I’m assuming the drinking is a result of his time in the games.  How could something like that NOT have lasting affects?  And Cinna was just cool.

And the ending!  Aauuggghhh, the ending.  Le Deep Sigh.  I was so excited when they outsmarted the capitol and I had a feeling they would try and trick those kids.  And when the other kids got made into animals…even more inhumanity.  I was incensed about that.  First you make them die for your amusement, then you take them and turn them into monsters?  CRAZY!  But I’m glad Katniss and Peeta made it out.  Though I had a sinking feeling in my stomach after they were plucked from the arena.  I was like oh no, they’re in for a world of trouble.  Honestly, at first I thought they were going to make them go another round as punishment.  I don’t know if I could have made it through with them again.  The first experience was so harrowing!

Anyways, I just REALLY REALLY liked this book and can’t wait to fall into Catching Fire and Mockingjay.  I have another series to count among my faves like HP.

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10 Responses to “The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins”

  1. Hey Jade. So glad to hear that you loved this book! I am a bit of a HG fanatic so I know exactly how you feel. It’s great to read other people’s thoughts on the books you love.

    Lan

  2. Missie says:

    Gale never makes as strong of an appearance as Peeta. I think that is one of the reasons why it is easier to love him. Katniss doesn’t exaggerate when she says Peeta is just one of those people that everyone loves. But I think it’s a good thing you are waiting to make your verdict.

    So happy you finally gave it a chance. I think book one is the best in the series.

  3. Lena says:

    Well, I loved this book. I did a review on it as well. I just finished the second book, Catching Fire, didn’t like it as much, would explain why, but I don’t want to ruin it for you since you want to read it in the future. But I love Katniss in Hunger Games, the girl has spunk and she’s intelligent and strong. Perfect lead. And Peeta is adorable, I loved him from the on start.

  4. I have seen this book on so many blogs and the rating have always been good. so darn it i might just give in and place it on my list. one day i shall get to it. right now for the summer months i cannot purchase any books, thats my catch up reading time. so with that said, DRUM ROLL: I am awarding you with the IRRESISTIBLY SWEETS BLOG AWARD. Your blog definitely satisfy my book taste bugs, lol. stop by my page at the tome under REVIEWS for details. CONGRATULATIONS!!!

  5. Yessss!!! Okay so when are you going to start Catching Fire. I actually got it today. I kind of got everyone in my office to read Hunger Games and now that people are done and hooked they are starting book two. I’m afraid they’ll accidentally spoil it for me so I’m going to go ahead and read it, but I’m so scared. I’m so attached to the characters and I don’t want more hardship to fall on them. It is driving me crazy. I think I’ll start it tomorrow after one of my scheduled reviews are done. So back to my original question…when are you starting?

  6. Jade Jade says:

    @ Lan, yes I loved it so much. I kinda want to read it again but it’s so emotionally exhausting!

    @ Missie, that was actually my fear. That we don’t get to knw Gale much more than whats presented in THG. But I’ll still hope to see if I can get a smidge more info on him.

    @ Lena, I’ve seen several people who said Catching Fire wasn’t as good, but who still love the series. While I’m looking forward to reading it I hope I’m not disappointed.

    @RRR, thanks for the nom I appreciate it! That’s incredibly sweet of you!

    @ Alexis…SQUEEEE! Such a good book. I haven’t gotten the next two yet. I prefer paperbacks, but ince I can’t find the PB versions, I’ll have to grab the e-books. I just got my nook color. And I have a B&N gift card being shipped to me. So when I get that, I’ll be purchasing Catching Fire and Mockingjay for my nook. And then I’ll dive in. Hopefully it won’t be more than a couple weeks. I’m trying not to read any reviews or posts about CF or MJ so as not to be spoiled, but I’m REALLY anxious to get back into that world. I agree, I adore the characters but was emotionally spent with them.

  7. Alison says:

    Great that you liked this so much! I love the whole series. I’m impressed that you already love Peeta. I liked him in HG but didn’t switch from the Team Gale track to Team Peeta until late in the second book.

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  9. Max says:

    For me “Catching Fire” is definitely not as good as the “Hunger Games”. I think anyone will agree with that. It was weird actually. Really long at parts where nothing is happening and then out of nowhere the plot goes 180 degree in different direction in 3 pages – thats pretty anoying to say the least. Probably a good idea would be to make the book longer (+200 pages?) and let the tension build up more before reaching the highest point. Still my interest was kept continusely. I could not put it down till all was finished… Loved this series. I wish there was more.

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