Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Book Review- The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

The Hunger Games
The Hunger Games introduces us to the world of Panem. 13 Districts live under the control of The Capital. Each District has an industry that they work. District 12 mines for coal and this is where we meet Katniss Everdeen. A very strong and capable young girl who takes care of her mother and sister by risking her life hunting outside the fences that surround her District.

Every year The Capital holds The Hunger Games. Two tributes, kids from each District are chosen to compete to the death in an arena broadcast live to all of Panem. The games are a punishment for a past attempt to overthrow The Capital. When Katniss' sister, Prim is selected in the lottery, she volunteers to take her place and is sent to the arena with Peeta, the male tribute for District 12.

What Katniss and Peeta go through to get sponsers, to win the audience, and to survive within the games challenge them and destroy them at the same time. Nonstop action, suspense and hope that they make it through to the end kept me engaged and unable to put down the book until the very end. 

There is so much going on in this book that just dragged me in. The fight for survival, the strength of relationships and how they make us stronger, the scary reality of peoples' enjoyment of watching others' suffering. The story, the characters and the writing are superb. It has been quite awhile since I have read a book that had it all. 

Go and get a copy if you haven't read The Hunger Games yet. You won't be disappointed.


Source: purchased


  1. Nice review. This is a fabulous book/series. So looking forward to #3!

  2. I agreed - the book at everything going on yet did not get bogged down in the details. I always tell one of my friends who is a junior high English teacher that she is so lucky to have such a varied selection of incredibly good YA fiction to teach these days as opposed to when we were in school and the options were much more limited.

  3. Sounds like a really good one. My friend just read this and said it was GREAT! Nice review.


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