Tuesday, 19 July 2011

Thoughts: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

"Happy happy Hunger Games! May the odds be ever in your favor!"

What a ride! I could never actually put down this book. I lost myself in the world of Katniss Everdeen, a slender sixteen year old girl, with good hunting skills, who is chosen to be the Hunger Game's girl tribute of her district. That means she has to fight to death, her own or the death of all other 23 tributes, one boy and one girl, from every district in Panem. Peeta, the baker's son is going as boy tribute with her to the capitol to be prepared for the Hunger Games.

The chances for Katniss to come out alive of the arena are small, or aren't they? She is a good hunter and knows how to survive with as little food as there is. And she is smart, strong with bow and arrows. Also she has promised her little sister Prim to fight as hard as she can, when she stepped in for her, as Prim was actually chosen to be the district 12 tribute.

The book was very suspenseful. I felt my heart beating whenever Katniss got into a seriously dangerous situation. I admired her for her courage and her will to survive. I lived through the emotional turmoil she must have felt, when Peeta began working with the Career tributes (the ones who were trained their whole life to fight in the arena) only to find out later that he was on her side all the time.

I have to get my hands on the second book as soon as possible.

★ ★ ★ ★ ★


  1. I so loved this story that I lamented how badly written it was from time to time. I think that if the writing were elevated just a tad it would have a permanent place in the pantheon of children's literature. As it is, i think it's a great book to put in kids' hands. (And adults, too!)

  2. Well, the writing at least was gripping. Although I consent that it was not as great as Rowling's pen.

  3. I really loved this whole series, but I think the first is the best. I couldn't put it down for one second!

  4. If I had not committed myself to reading certain books in a certain time I would go and pull the second book from the shelf this minute.

  5. This is exactly how I felt when I read them last year! Enjoy!

  6. I liked this too, but didn't want to read the second. I only liked the actual Games part and the second sounded like it was going to be all revolution ...