The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Released Date: October 1, 2008
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Genre: YA, Dystopia
Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone 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.
So, this is the feeling after reading The Hunger Games? It kind of lingers in me, I want to go back in my couch and start reading it all over again just because I can’t get enough of it! I am constantly thinking about this book.
I actually won this book, and back then I didn’t know if I’m going to enjoy it but I knew that I should give it a try since the premise was too incredible to resist and yes, because I’ve heard GREAT things about it.
I love every single detail of this book. Suzanne created such a strong, fantastically written and irrefutably drawing plot. The characters have such solid and diverse dispositions and there is no way you won’t like them. Speaking of characters, Katniss, in my opinion, is the most awesome heroine ever. She definitely topped my “most favorite heroine of all-time list”. I love the chemistry between Katniss and Peeta, as well, they’re so cute together and they definitely complement each other. The pacing was also perfect and the world building was very vivid.
The Hunger Games is definitely a wild roller coaster ride of emotions. It’s filled with gripping suspense and action that will keep you on the edge of your seat. It was atrocious and tear-jerking and with a charming romance all at the same time. Seriously, I think these words are probably not enough to describe how this book consumed me.
But if I were to describe this book in one word: EPIC. It is no doubt, one of the best books I’ve ever read and I know I’m going to miss half of my life if I didn’t. I recommend this book to all age groups. I can’t wait to read the second book, Catching Fire!