Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Book Review: The Hunger Games

Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with every one 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.

--From Goodreads

Cover Inspection:
I've loved this cover ever since I first saw it. It's so simple, yet so striking!

First Thoughts:
A dystopian society with a battle to the death set for children? This is going to be quite the ride.


My Review:
From the moment I opened the pages, I read this book voraciously, wanting to see what would happen next! Suzanne Collins weaves a world that is similar to ours, yet different enough that you feel slightly disconnected. Her characters jump off the page, and it was so easy for me to feel invested in them. There wasn't a moment in this book where I felt like putting it down!

Katniss is such a spunky protagonist. I loved every minute of her narratives and was rooting for her throughout the story. Following her through her pain, her suffering, her love, was heart wrenching and yet wonderful. This book really looks deeply into the inner self. It reminds us all what we can turn into when it comes down to survival. Her relationships with the sweet Peeta and the self-sufficient Gale were a nice addition to the overall plot. I kept wondering if the choices that Katniss was making were her own, or those of the people around her. I still am wondering who she will end up with.

As an educator, despite the brutality of this book, I would fully recommend it to any of my students!

Thank you Suzanne Collins, and I cannot wait to dive into the next installment.

Book Details
Title: The Hunger Games
Author: Suzanne Collins
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Pages: Hardcover; 374
Source: Borrowed from library

Final Rating: 5 Keys to My Heart

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