Suzanne CollinsSummary: Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone 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.
If she is to win, she will have to start making choices that will weigh survival against humanity and life against love.
Genre: YA, Dystopian, Romance
Published: October 31, 2008
Similar Books: Arena One by Morgan Rice, I Am Alive by Cameron Jace
Rating: 5 stars! (Six, if that were possible!)
WOOSH! Did you hear that! that was the sound of my mind being blow. Let's just say this book set the bar for awesomeness. I got this for Easter and I couldn't help myself--Even though I wasn't supposed to read it yet, I took a little 'peek' that ended up lasting for 12 pages. Hunger Games hooked me from the start.
The things I liked--no, LOVED about this book were:
1.) the action. I've never read a book that had so much action and yet wasn't some cheesy crap that reminded me of a bad 'guy flick'. It was well written and kept me wanting to read more.
2.) The romance; one of my friends put it like this; ' I wish I had someone like that.' So, all my guy friends who read this were really into the action scenes, and all my girl friends were crying over loving kisses in a cave. (Read and it'll make sense.)
3.) the whole book. There was really nothing bad to say about it. Even though there was a certain scene where I was sobbing and mentally yelling "WHY!", I actually DID understand why Suzanne Collins had to put it in there. It was for the best. And she succeeded in making this particular scene even more beautiful in the end, which made me need to get even MORE Kleenex. So I really can't complain.
So. I am done with my rant on how this book was the equivalent of a hot fudge cookie sundae with a cherry on top. Or, an all-expense paid trip to the Caribbean. Or becoming best friends with the superstar you idolize. Or--well, you get my point.
Now, you must go out to the library, or the bookstore, or a friend who owns it, or wherever you get your books, and READ IT. No matter if you're a guy or a girl, or someone who hates reading. You'll LOVE the Hunger Games. I promise!