Friday, September 3, 2010

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins


The Hunger Games by Suzanna Collins

Author's Site:Suzanne Collins

Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with every one out to make sure you don't live to see the morning? 

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.
Admittedly I thought the hype around this book was ridiculous. There are so many reviews ranting and raving about how great it was and something about a love triangle and something else about how unfair it was. Until I finally read it, I had no idea. Until I read it I thought everyone was going insane like everyone did over Twilight. Now I know why!! I originally saw this book back in 2008 and never picked it up and boy am I sorry that I didn't. I am glad I have picked it up now, but boy did I miss out for the past two years. I just got the book last weekend and I began reading it on Sunday as part of the September book challenge that I am doing and I finished it on Tuesday night, Mind you I take college courses and work a full-time job. This book took up every moment I could get my hands on!! 

I cried, I laughed, I smiled, I got angry. This book is so full of emotions and Suzanne does a wonderful job bringing those emotions out of her audience. The entire situation that the tributes are in is absolutely horrifying and thought provoking. I have been thinking of our society and how close we are to becoming just like the society portayed in the book. I can't imagine but can imagine it happening at the same time. I can't imagine it because it's such a terrible thing and it's an idea that just isn't right. I can imagine it happening because of how we are so enthralled on reality TV shows. Our society loves drama and action. We could actually already be considered to be a part of a less severe version of The Hunger Games. We all seek to be successful so that we can at least feed our families and survive which is not easy as is. We buy lottery tickets, audition for American Idol, Survivor, The Real World, and many other reality TV shows in hopes of gaining fame and fortune. Even though our society does not have literal shows of killing the other players, don't the reality TV stars do everything and stop at nothing short of killing to win? And we sit and root for certain players and hope others lose and even can vote on who wins! The Hunger Games is not entirely impossible which makes the read even more terrifying and sad, down right sad.

Katniss for some may seem self-centered. I have read other reviews and yes, some of them say she is, but I find her to be a survivor. She does what she has to do to survive. In fact, not once does she kill just to participate in the games. She only kills in defense of her or Peeta's life. If I were in that situation I would hope that I would have the courage to do the same thing instead of going on a wild rampage like everyone did at the beginning of the games. A lot of people pick Team Peeta or Team Gale and at this point I can't say which side I am on. I have only read the first book so I will save that choice until I have read Catching Fire and then Mockingjay. Oh how I can't wait to read both of them!! 

I could go on and on about this book, but I don't want to write a novel review, so I'm going to finish by saying the story is brilliant, Suzanna's writing shows us the world and the life just like it were real and the action is AMAZING. I was never bored, in fact, I forgot I was reading for 90% of the book. Which, by the way, is the most amazing feeling that one can get while reading in my opinion. I felt like I was watching a movie or that I was going through these situations with Katniss. Ahhhh, so refreshing!

I give this book FIVE out of FIVE book geeks. It is a must read 100% hands down. Don't be turned off by the hype like I was at first.

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