The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
YOU’RE ALL EXCITED…ECSTATIC…UNCONTROLLABLY FALLING OFF YOUR CHAIRS as I review your favorite book.
Although there is a pinch of sarcasm in that sentence, I really did enjoy this very fast-paced and easy-read novel.
The story is narrated by Katniss Everdeen, a teenage girl from Panem (the future North America) who along with another boy from ‘District 12’ named Peeta, are both forced to compete in The Hunger Games. With 12 pairs of boys and girls from other Districts (12 in total), the Hunger Games is a brutal battle where everyone fights for their own lives and only one victor can come out alive. While thoughts of life and death race through Katniss’ head, Suzanne creates an intriguing heroine who is extremely poor and at the same time very bold. When she isn’t hunting for food, concerned for her mother, or worried about being picked for the next Hunger Games, Katniss is able to enjoy life outside of the District’s walls with her best friend Gale.
Putting my critical comments aside, I enjoyed being inside of Katniss’ thoughts during the Hunger Games, especially when she relies on her memories of life in District 12 to comfort her fears and remind her why she has to do her best to win.
Collins is creative and wrote a very good book to begin her trilogy. I haven’t read the others and haven’t decided whether I want to continue reading them. I suggest it to everyone, even if you think it’s juvenile or annoyed that all your friends are talking about THE HUNGER GAMES.
Personal rating : A-
Things I didn’t like:
-how naive Katniss is about Peeta’s feelings and how Collins forces us to buy book #2 (that there my friends, is where her creativity makes her a great writer) to find out if lover boy is getting friend zoned—á la Jacob Black (guilty of seeing the films).
-the relationship between Katniss and Rue; while their friendship was only 20 pages long, I didn’t feel the emotional distress when she died. My initial thought was: “Well, somebody has to die. Bye Rue. Katniss—WAIT, why are you picking flowers? Start running!
-the lack of descriptions and backgrounds. How I don’t know much about Gale or other other D. 12 citizens for that matter.
Things I thoroughly enjoyed:
-reading each chapter while doing short tasks and wanting to skip through pages
-the love story (it sucked me in)
-the idea behind the story; children who are surrounded by the importance of war and how it’s outcome is supposed to instill fear from treachery and respect for those making the rules.
What do you think about the parts I enjoyed and didn’t enjoy?