The Hunger Games
By Suzanne Collins
I had heard a lot of good things about this book, but avoided reading any particulars about the plot. It had been on my TBR list for a very long time but somehow I never got around to reading it. I’m so glad that I finally read it!
Here is a summary from the Kobo website:
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 is forced to represent her district 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 weigh survival against humanity and life against love.
This book was so good! Once I started reading it, I couldn’t put it down. I even got up early to read it before work. I was hooked within the first few pages, which is always a good sign. I liked reading about Katniss’s life in her District and how the Games work. Once the Games began, things were so suspenseful that I couldn’t do anything but read this book!
The characters were great. Katniss was a really likable character. She was strong and independent, and I thought her cynicism was understandable, given the tough life she’d had so far. I also liked Peeta, the boy representing her district in the Games. Her relationship with Peeta becomes more complicated as the story progresses and I really wanted to see where things went.
I was really rooting for Katniss to survive the Games, and even though I was certain that somehow she would, I was still worried for her as conditions during the Games worsened and survival became more and more difficult.
I don’t want to give away any plot details, because the story is really good, so if you like YA novels and/or post-apocalyptic books, I strongly recommend this. On second thought, even if you don’t like those kind of books, read this anyway. It’s that good! And now on to the sequel, Catching Fire.