I have another book review for you from the lovely Louise today.
‘The Hunger Games’ – Suzanne Collins
The nation of Panem lies within the ruins of what we know as North America; Panem features a rich and glittering Capital surrounded by twelve poor, outlying districts. Each year, for 74 years and counting, the Capital forces each and every district to send one boy and one girl, between the ages of twelve and eighteen, to participate in the Hunger Games. These are a blood-curdling, brutal fight to the death, in which the ‘tributes’ are forced to kill their competitors to be the final one standing: the victor. And these are televised around the whole of Panem. For sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, survival is only natural: she has struggled keep her mother and little sister alive by secretly hunting and gathering in the woods beyond District 12. When Katniss steps in to take the place of her sister in the 74th Hunger Games, she doesn’t think that she’ll ever see the dirty faces of Prim, her mother, or Gale again. If she is to survive, she needs to put all of her fears behind her and run. A battle of wit, strength and emotion face Katniss as she tries to decide: life or love?
Wow. After almost a year of ignoring the nation’s praise for The Hunger Games, I decided: enough is enough. So I bit the bullet and bought the book, and never before had I felt so stupid; stupid for putting off reading one of the best books I have ever laid my eyes on. From the very first page, I could sense the honesty, the wisdom, the courage of Katniss, who is admirably brave and loveably noble; and impulsive. The characters were all so different, yet special and memorable in their own ways, and I loved how close I was made to feel to some, yet how distanced I was from others; when we were guided away from or made to hate certain characters through sometimes too vivid descriptions, I knew that they were either going to be killed soon, or kill soon. I am pretty sure that I have fallen in love with the hopelessly smitten yet indescribably strong Peeta, which leads me on to something else that enticed me into the novel: the presence of love and romance within the story made it seem more realistic and almost innocent, adding a softer touch to an otherwise heavy and action-packed plot. There was incredible tension and suspense in the novel, so much so that I finished it within 48 hours; I couldn’t put it down. There is something about the bursts of excitement, and how horribly disturbed and twisted the whole idea is, that made me think that anything was possible within that arena.
Overall, if I could give this book 100 out of 5, I would. In my opinion it is one of the best books I have ever read, and will probably ever read, and I can’t stop thinking about it either; there is something truly unforgettable about this novel. Perfection.
For a copy of Hunger Games find it here on Amazon.