Winning will make you famous.
Losing means certain death.
The nation of Panem, formed from a post-apocalyptic North America, is a country that consists of a wealthy Capitol region surrounded by 12 poorer districts. Early in its history, a rebellion led by a 13th district against the Capitol resulted in its destruction and the creation of an annual televised event known as the Hunger Games. In punishment, and as a reminder of the power and grace of the Capitol, each district must yield one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 through a lottery system to participate in the games. The ‘tributes’ are chosen during the annual Reaping and are forced to fight to the death, leaving only one survivor to claim victory.
When 16-year-old Katniss’s young sister, Prim, is selected as District 12’s female representative, Katniss volunteers to take her place. She and her male counterpart Peeta, are pitted against bigger, stronger representatives, some of whom have trained for this their whole lives, she sees it as a death sentence. But Katniss has been close to death before. For her, survival is second nature.
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I missed the hype of “The Hunger Games” when the movies were being released. I was aware of it, but it’s only now that I’ve finally investigated what it’s all about. And I wanted the books to be my starting point, so I am reviewing this from a viewpoint which is currently oblivious to the film representation. 😉
I read this in the space of 12 hours. I went about my day in between, but I was continually drawn back into the story! I am amazed by how vivid and real this world has become to me. I’m almost hesitant to see the movie because it might not be how I visualize it. 😂 Suddenly I’m seeing new places I’ve never seen before, but I easily feel as though I have. It was made real with few words. It was a pleasure to read, and I’m sure it takes a lot of skill to write like that!
The story line is both riveting and ingenious, though a hard topic to touch on. The world that these characters are now living in is so broken, and I think that the brokenness inside its citizens was represented well. Whilst the actual Hunger Games event is pretty touchy, the emotional and mental trauma that comes with it was not overlooked. I thought that the acknowledgement of this pain of injustice made it easier to bear.
The characters are well-rounded. Since the story’s written from Katniss’ point of view, we get to experience these characters the way she sees them which is interesting and entertaining. 😄
Aside from the depth of story and everything, I found it to be extremely exciting, plain and simple. There’s such a feeling of suspense and adventure which kept me hooked.
It would have been a fantastic book had it ended here and the story been fully resolved. However, although the story is partly resolved, there is still much to come, leaving it with quite the cliffhanger. I can’t wait to see if its sequel lives up to this one!
1) Did this book inspire me?
Yes, I think so.
2) Is this book humorous?
3) Did this book make me cry?
Yes! It’s a pretty emotional story.
4) Would I reread this book?
5) Would I recommend this book to a friend?
My rating: 5 out of 5
Have you read this series? If so did you see the movies first or read the books first?