The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins

I bought this book about ten seconds after I finished reading Semicolon’s review for it, and I’m really glad I did, as I think this is my favourite book of the year so far.

The Hunger Games is an annual televised event in which twenty-four children fight-to-the-death. Two children from each of the twelve regions of Panem, a new land created from the ruins of post-apocalyptic North America, are randomly selected to take part.

This sounds like a scary, violent book, and if I’d have thought about it too much I may not have bought it. I admit that when I was reading the first chapter I was worried about the kind of book I’d started, and wondered how on earth it could be suitable for eleven-year-olds (the age suggested on the back cover). I didn’t have to worry, although the children do fight to the death, it isn’t graphic, and in a strange way you are hoping that each of them die, so that the narrator, Katniss, can survive.

Many important issues are raised in the book, including poverty, war, the misuse of power and the evolution of reality television – for this reason I think it would be great for reading groups.

The book is perfectly paced; the plot drives the book on so well that I didn’t want to put it down, but at no point was it going so fast that I was skimming sections. The characters are well thought out, and although survival is a large part of the book, I think the main theme is love. Katniss’s confusion over who she truly loves is very touching. I enjoyed this book so much that I have already pre-ordered the second book in the trilogy, which is released in September.

I can’t fault it. Highly recommended.

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  1. Simon S says:

    Hmmmm sounds interesting this, I havent heard of it but may think about reading it after your rav review. The only thing is the TBR is soooo big maybe once have read a few more first. I am trying an unhealthy book buying ban!

    1. selena says:

      im 13 yo. i have read this book and it is one of the most awesome book ever
      i highly recommend it to everyone so is ( catching fire ) part 2 of the hunger games

  2. Beth F says:

    Somehow I missed Semicolon’s review, but I’m glad I caught yours. Sounds interesting — and it’s not a book I would have picked up on my own. Now that I’ve read your review, I may well give it a shot.

  3. Sandy says:

    No, not one I’d have picked up either. I will keep it mind, for myself and my daughter, who is always looking for interesting reads (once she gets through the Cornelia Funke series).

  4. Margot says:

    Wow, pretty high praise. Interesting premise – children fighting to the death.

    Thanks for your help on my blog today. I had a problem I wasn’t even aware of. It’s fixed now.

  5. Lexi says:

    I did read this, but didn’t enjoy it as much as you!
    I felt like it seemed very much like Surviving Antarctica: Reality TV 2083, by Andrea White (which felt very much like Survivor, or the Running Man). I just can’t get that excited about the idea. I did like Katniss, but it just felt a little predictable to me.

  6. Carrie K. says:

    All of the great reviews on this book have pushed me over the edge – I’ve added it to my never-ending to-read list. Great review!

  7. Jackie says:

    Lexi – thanks for your comments, I haven’t read either of the other books you mention, so this was a reasonably oringinal concept for me. Perhaps, if I’d already read several books on the subject then I wouldn’t be a keen on it as I am.

  8. Deanna says:

    This book is on my list for a future read. After reading your review, I need to bump this book up to read in March. I am now even more intrigued.

  9. Joy says:

    I thoroughly enjoyed this and can’t wait for the 2nd book!

  10. Lenore says:

    I wish there were more books as amazing as this one! Glad you liked it too.

  11. Debbie Deskin says:

    This was a great book. Debbie

  12. Anonymous says:

    this book is awsome
    the book is good but the first 2 pages were slow


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