“In the ruins of a place once known as
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 weigh survival against humanity and life against love.
Acclaimed writer Suzanne Collins, author of The
I was fortunate enough to receive this book for my sixteenth birthday from my boyfriend. I was so excited!
Suzanne Collins lays out a story set in future
Katniss was a hard character to get used to. She’s one of those rare main characters that I didn’t really like. She’s so serious, although I know where that comes from—living in a district with serious problems that don’t allow as much spontaneity and silliness as we’re used to.
I really admired Katniss’ mastery of the bow and arrow. So jealous…
Peeta was such a sweetheart. He truly cared about Katniss, which I really liked. It was a stark difference with the rest of the book and it was very welcome. Unexpected parts of his personality came out in the Games, but then that’s not surprising as you keep reading. The Games bring out the worst in everyone.
Another cool thing about The Hunger Games were the descriptions. The elegant clothes that everyone wore for the opening ceremony of the Hunger Games, the sumptuous menus wherever they were… the descriptions really showed you how rationed and lacking the people in districts like Katniss’ were.
Overall, the story was very well-written. The plot twists were surprising and well-executed.
I highly recommend this book, if you haven’t read it already.