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The Hunger Games Review

Title: The Hunger Games

Author: Suzanne Collins

Published: December 2011, Scholastic

Source: RAK – Ann from Semisweet

Goodreads Description: 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.

My Thoughts: I’ll come right out with it, I feel like I should be disgusted with myself for enjoying this book – but I’m not. How can a book about children being forced to kill each other be so entertaining and enjoyable? I feel like a horrible person for loving it.

That’s the only reason why I only gave this book four stars. I was so unsettled about the fact that I enjoyed such a gruesome book that I couldn’t find it in me to give it five stars.

I do love that Katniss did do many things to rebel against the Games. Her character made it much easier to read the book and enjoy it. She really knows what it means to survive, and if she has to kill to live, she will. She hates what is happening, but she does what she has to because she has been put into that situation. It wasn’t her choice. Well, not really. It was either her or her sister, and she did what she had to in order to save Prim.

The almost-suicide had me captivated, too, as horrible as that sounds. I love that she and Peeta refused to kill each other, and were going to have the last word over the Gamemakers. I was so amazed by their courage.

There is something about Collins’ writing style that can making something as horrible as child murders into a good book. I can’t wait to get my hands on book two.

Rating: 4/5

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October 4, 2011 - Posted by | Reading

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