Title The Hunger Games
Author: Suzanne Collins
Series: The Hunger Games
Previous Books in the Series:
0.5. The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes
Original Date Started: April 5, 2012
Original Date Finished: April 7, 2012
Format: Hardcover from local library
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 weight survival against humanity and life against love.
Oh, I’ve been waiting to review this book for a long time. As I’ve said before 2012 was the first year since 2009/2010 when I really got back into reading, and the first book that I read was The Hunger Games. I saw the preview for the movie and it looked interesting, and I was of the mind set that I wanted to read the book first before I saw the movie. My dad was at the grocery store and saw the paperback for like $7 and picked it up for me. I started reading it immediately, and I was kind of interested. It was a bit of a slow start. But once Katniss and Peeta go to the Capitol things picked up, and I will always remember reading the interview between Caesar and Peeta.
Why? Because that was the first time I actually ever threw a book in the air. It scared the crap out of my parents, it bent a dozen or so pages, plus the cover, and from that moment on I was hooked on this book and this series. And now that I’m reading it for the third time I don’t think I’ll ever forgive the screenwriters for not paying more attention to the mutts at the end of the Games. The fact that they resembled the dead Tributes just completely stunned me again, and is just another example of how the Gamemakers and the people of the Capitol were so twisted and cruel.
Final Rating: 5 out of 5 stars. This book is just as good as I remember it, and the differences between the movie and the book aren’t all that many, which is something, I think. The one thing I missed is Katniss’ inner monologue during the Games as she’s trying to figure out Peeta and how much of his ‘crush on her since he was a kid’ is an act or how much of it is real. This poor girl.
Bookshelf worthy? I’m half tempted to not sell my paperback copy just because the dent on the cover brings back so many memories… But it is nice to have all of them in hardcover.