Monday, February 27, 2012

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (Revisited)

E-Book, 267 pages
Published October 1, 2008
Scholastic Inc.
The Hunger Games #1
Source: Nook Lended from a a friend
For fans of: Post apocalyptic, Fantasy, Romance

     In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shinging 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 Primrose, 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 start making choices that will weigh survival against humanity and life against love.

*MY THOUGHTS*
     PSA: The reason this says Revisited, is because I tried reading this once before, but I just couldn't get into it. I think it was because I was going into it thinking I wouldn't like it, becasue normally the post apocolyptic genre just isn't for me. I felt like it wasn't really believable, but then I sat back and thought.... How much of what I read actually really IS real or believable? Nothing really lol So I finally caved when a friend told me to give it another try. 
     So, here we go... In the beginning we meet Katniss, her family, and her best friend Gale. During this time there is a lot of info to process. It was one of those stories where it certain parts had to be read twice to be sure you didn't miss anything. But the unique premise, the convincing of other bloggers, and the final push from my friend Shenell saying "Just make it to the Games," I decided what the heck. I let go of everything and actually tried to enjoy the story. When they got to the part about naming the tributes, I was finally intrigued enough to keep going. Soon afterward I found myself not wanting to put it down. The very first night of reading it, I found myself dreaming that I was District 12's tribute. One thing I could tell early on, was that Suzanne Collins could really write and that her imagination was HUGE, seeing as how she created this world of Panem and the Capitol and the Games and makes the story seem one of a kind. As I read, I see the story unfolding more and more. I could tell from the beginning, Katniss was no ordinary heroine. She was clearly, a heroine of all heroines... And I realized this just in Part I! 
     Finally I got to "The Games" as promised to my friend. By then I was hooked. I loved everything about all the different Districts and the Capitol. It was all so different, I just enjoyed being in that world. But then the Games began and it got real.... Or so I thought. I'm not sure if its just me, but Katniss didn't seem to be doing anything for the first part. I understand why she wasn't it, but at the same time, I thought it would focus on the others doing it to each other too. Especially since it was so hyped up by EVERYONE. I mean, I expected her to have her bow and arrow blazing in glory..... Anyways, things finally picked up again at the tracker-jacker scene and I admit, I panicked a little lol Then I started furiously reading trying to make sure she didn't get hurt or anything. Then as the Games ended, I was getting surprise, after Surprise, after SURPRISE
     Then as the story was ending, it seemed to play more on the romance and the unfinished items of the story. I knew I was hooked if I even couldn't put the book down after the climatic part. It was really an amazing story. Katniss took me on an incredible journey. I loved learning everything about her, because her history made her who she was currently and I wanted to know everything. 
     I wouldn't say I'm obsessed now, but I WILL say I'll be at the midnight showing of the movie lol 
Overall, I give this ***** (5 out of 5) 

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Have you read this? What do you think of it? What do you think about my review?

3 comments:

  1. haha I love, love loved The Hunger Games series. So happy that it sucked you in as well! The first part was full of twists and turns and I remember loving every minute as well. Especially with all the *spoiler alert* rule changes in the last part :O I can't wait for the movie as well! Great review :)

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    1. My heart just like dropped then! Omg I woke up my boyfriend because I like shot up in the bed like "WHAT?!" lol

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  2. Lol yay! I got a shout out!!! "Just make it to The Games" gosh that's a good quote lol

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