Tuesday, 18 October 2011

Book Review: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Hey everyone,
I just lately read The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, and now I wanted to tell you what I think about it.
I'm sorry already now, but I think I can't write this review without spoilers, so if you don't want to hear them, please click away ;)
The story plays in the future, in a country called Panem, which is where now the United States of America are. It's parted into 12 districs, and they are all ruled by the rich people in the so-called Capitol. Every year in the country The Hunger Games take part, a kind of game the Capitol invented to remind all of the districts that they can't ever defeat the Capitol. That's the way this game works: out of every district a boy and a girl aged between 12 and 18 has to come to a certain arena, and there fight for their life. Only one of the teenagers can win, and that way only one can survive.
That's the main background information you need to have.
Now, the story: The main character, a girl named Katniss, lives in District 12 and has to feed her family because they have no money. When the tributes for the annual games are being chosen, Katniss's little sister is selected, and because she loves her, Katniss goes instead of her. With her, a boy named Peeta is chosen, and he seems to have feelings for Katniss.
I'm not gonna give you more details, and this way basically just what they say on the back of the book.
The book is also parted into 3 parts of story, btw. And there are often jumps in it, like something happens, and the next paragraph is like 3 hours later or so.
Now, more of my thoughts: One thing I really liked was that even thought this plays in the future, they're all poor and have to go hunting for their food, like in the past. That contrast is a really interesting thing.
Then, the idea of The Hunger Games itself is really cruel. When I first heard about it, I was like "What The Fuck? How cruel!" But it does make an interesting book, you have to admit that.
Everything was described really detailed, especially in the beginning when they prepare for the games. It was always thrilling and all book long I had no idea how it was gonna end. That way I enjoyed every page of it, also because it's a page turner and you always want to know how it goes on.
In the very end it felt a bit like rushing to me, I didn't like that. But it was still good!
Now, the love story. This does have a love story part to it, but it's pretty small actually. I thought it would make a bigger part of the story, but in the beginning I couldn't even tell which of it was true. To those of you who read it this might make sense ;)
So after all, I really liked this book! It was thrilling, exciting, and really good. It's not only something for people who like love stories, since that part is not that big. But if you are very very sensitive, it might be just a tad too cruel for you.
As soon as I finish the second book in this series, I'll review that one, too :)
Did anyone of you read it?
I'll see you soon!
xoxo, Misch


  1. I think it is too fantastic for me. I am reading now a very good one from John Verdon. I will post a review soon :-)

  2. @Salander: I'm looking forward to your review :)


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