Sunday, January 08, 2012

Review: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Title: The Hunger Games
Author: Suzanne Collins
Publisher: Scholastic
Year of Release: 2008
ISBN: 9781407109084
Source: Purchased
Number of Pages: 454
Winning will make you famous. Losing means certain death. 
In a dark vision of the near future, a terrifying reality TV show is taking place. Twelve boys and twelve girls are forced to appear in a live event called the Hunger Games. There is only one rule: kill or be killed. When sixteen year old Katniss Everdeen steps forward to take her sister's place in the games, she sees it as a death sentence. But Katniss has been close to death before. For her, survival is a second nature.
I. Love. The. Hunger. Games. I might even make myself a t-shirt that reads ' THE HUNGER GAMES FOREVER.' As soon as I finished this book, I mentally hit myself for not finding it earlier. I literally read the entire book in one day. I could not put it down. The suspense was constant and during the minuscule amounts of time where my nose was not stuck in this book, I was thinking about it. I kept getting that bubbly, excited feeling you always get when you read a book that is so truly amazing it makes your heart stop. The Hunger Games is definitely a book to read from cover to cover in one sitting because you won't be able to stay away from it.
Filled with plenty of action, suspense and unexpectedly, romance, this is one book that will have you hooked from the very first page. My heart was racing so fast while I was reading, I'm surprised it didn't explode! There is absolutely nothing to criticize this book on. Nothing. Suzanne Collins is an absolute genius, how she managed to write a book so perfect is beyond me. The plot and the characters felt so alive, I had to keep reminding myself that it was just a story.  To my utter excitement, I feel very reassured that the tale will go on as there are still another two books in the series. The Hunger Games trilogy. Has a ring to it, don't you think? I am now counting down the days until the film hits the cinemas and am beside myself with the fact that the release date falls two days before my birthday. What a nice gift it would be to see The Hunger Games as a birthday present. I hope my parents are reading this.
Even Stephanie Meyer loves this book. "The story kept me up for several nights in a row, because even after I was finished, I just lay in bed wide awake thinking about it... The Hunger Games is amazing." You have to trust the judgement of the woman who created Twilight and the entire vampire/werewolf phenomena. The main character, Katniss, is just beautiful. She's courageous, determined, persevere, intimidating, noble... the list goes on. This book managed to get a few laughs and even a few tears out of me near the end, which I was in no way prepared for. I felt like I was living the story and it is very rare that I find a book that does that to me.
I highly recommend this book. I recommend it so highly, you can't even reach it. :)
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Let the Games begin.


  1. Hi! Are you excited about the movie? I started -not too long ago - a blog about movies and books so I'm always curious how people feel about the casting process. Do you think Jennifer Lawrence is right for the part?
    Also, how about the song by Taylor Swift? I think it's kind of saccharine but also kind of haunting.
    Sim at Chapter1-Take1

  2. Hi Sim,
    I have never been so excited about a movie before in my whole life. I can't wait! I think Jennifer Lawrence will make a great Katniss. She certainly looked fantastic in the Hunger Games trailer. Are you referring to the song Safe and Sound by Taylor Swift? I do actually like that song, it definitely relates. Her voice sounds lovely, so in tune. Could you send me a link to your blog? I would love to check it out. Thanks.