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The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Title: The Hunger Games
Author: Suzanne Collins
Published: 5th January 2009
Format: Finished Paperback
Pages: 464
RRP: £6.99
Rating: 12/13+

Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen regards it as a death sentence when she is forced to represent her district in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV. But Katniss has been close to death before—and survival, for her, is second nature. The Hunger Games is a searing novel set in a future with unsettling parallels to our present. Welcome to the deadliest reality TV show ever…

Yes, okay, I am incredibly tardy to the party with this, but in all honesty, I was very sceptical about The Hunger Games, and I was recommended it thoroughly for a very long time by a friend, and decided to give in (even though I have a huge list of TBR books! Ack! D:). I was indeed fantastically surprised, and have read the first two in the series. (I will review them separately though).

I thought the depth of the novel, with the intricacy of the main characters and Panem’s/Capitol’s past creating a wonderful read, full of action. The main character is Katniss, a fierce teen who fights to stay alive every day in District 12, hunting for food for her family. However she really only cares about her little sister, Prim, and not so much her mother who fell into depression when Katniss’ father died in a mining incident (before the book). They manage to struggle by on tesserae (the name given when an eligible entrant for the games enters themselves more than once, every time they do that they receive a set amount of grain and oil) and Katniss’ hunting ‘trophies’, and this feeling of poverty makes you really feel for their and every other family in District 12.

Gale is Katniss’ best friend, it seems, and they are hunting partners, whilst also sharing their hunting secrets with each other. I really liked Gale, he was described as a really friendly yet mysterious person, and even though he wasn’t present a lot in the actual book, I thought of him a lot and what he could have been thinking, with the Games on and all the events that would definitely seem strange to him.

I think Peeta was not as interesting as Gale, and personally I am Team Gale but I feel that it is probably going to be the losing side (after reading the second book) but I won’t know until I read Mockingjay. Although, Peeta’s background was intriguing, and he is such a lovely person, loveable and so kind to everyone.

I am sure I have mentioned before in another dystopian review, but dystopians are my absolutely favourite genre of all time. I think this was a brilliantly written book, I loved imagining this world, so strange yet very easy to relate to in the sense of the Capitol “hiding” things. I can’t wait for the film to be released, and at the moment I am so excited with the suspense of the release of the cast list! I am glad I read the books before the film, so I can compare them.

I would definitely recommend this book to anyone looking for a suspenseful read, but with a really good mix of romance, and a touch of comedy (I laughed at Effie Trinket and the lives of the Capitol’s citizens, very much like the materialistic lives of ourselves in the developed world). It’s a fantastic dystopian, so vivid and rich, full of description. The characters and the world they are in and developed so well, and the overall effect is awesome!

Rating
Plot: 10/10
This is the driving force behind the book, and is magnificent!
Writing Quality: 9/10
Amazing, so amazing.
Originality: 9/10
There has been talk of it being copied from another book, I think, but I have, personally, never read a dystopian like that, and the horror of the Hunger Games is so realistically original!
Characters: 9/10
Wow, I think I am a bit too attached to Gale and Prim!
Descriptions: 10/10
If it weren’t for the descriptions I would not have enjoyed the book so much, dystopians live on descriptions, and this one devours them.

47/50 = 94%

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Thank you to a concerned friend who was shocked that I hadn’t read it!

Aside

Hey everyone! Yes, yes, I know. I’ve been terrible at posting. It’s generally been the exams and how I’ve not been reading as many books I’d like to read. Once the exams are over (27th May is the last one, … Continue reading