Name: The Hunger Games (Hunger Games #1)
Author: Suzanne Collins
Number of Pages: 374
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Date Published: September 14th 2008
The nation of Panem, formed from a post-apocalyptic North America, is a country that consists of a wealthy Capitol region surrounded by 12 poorer districts. Early in its history, a rebellion led by a 13th district against the Capitol resulted in its destruction and the creation of an annual televised event known as the Hunger Games. In punishment, and as a reminder of the power and grace of the Capitol, each district must yield one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 through a lottery system to participate in the games. The 'tributes' are chosen during the annual Reaping and are forced to fight to the death, leaving only one survivor to claim victory.
When 16-year-old Katniss's young sister, Prim, is selected as District 12's female representative, Katniss volunteers to take her place. She and her male counterpart Peeta, are pitted against bigger, stronger representatives, some of whom have trained for this their whole lives. , she sees it as a death sentence. But Katniss has been close to death before. For her, survival is second nature
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In light of the third book Mocking Jay becoming a movie...AS I PART ONE COMING OUT THIS FRIDAY!! So fricken excited for that movie, (I will be posting my reaction of the movie here and at my booktube channel I will leave a link to both) I decided it was time to review these books, hopefully I will get them all out in time. So quick story, I actually never wanted to read this series, my mom had bought them for herself and she kept recommending them to me! What avid bookreader does not want to read the Hunger Games, good lord might as well retire from book reviewing!! Just kidding never would do that!
So in this world of Panem, a post-apocalyptic United states, children are to fight to the death until one comes out on top. There can be only one winner, and that winner gets many rewards for their amazing deed. Who gets chosen? Well the children do two children, a boy and a girl, are chosen and they are sent to the capital to train. These kids are from districts, which are like the states, except there are only 13 districts...district 13 was blown off the map...just saying.
Katniss is our female protaganist; she is strong, willing, and very determined to keep her family safe, no matter the cost. So when her little sister, Prim, is chosen on the day of choosing. She gives up her life for her sister...which is never heard of. No one volunteers themselves for the games. I will admit that I am not really fond of Katniss, and I have no idea why. I loved that she was defying and strong willed, yet I also felt she made her decisions on whim, not thinking of the consequences that will come about. Nor the people that she would be hurting.
There were two male's in this book: one I liked, one not so much. Gale and Peeta. So let's talk about Gale, since he is the one I am not so fond of. Even though Gale did not play a huge role in Hunger Games, he did enough to erk me. I believe he is the sole reason for many of Katniss's decisions, he hates the government and the evil President Snow. He was not afraid to say his hatred out loud.
Peeta was the opposite of Gale: quiet, well reserved, clean, and a baker boy. Never having fought in his life, Peeta is the boy tribute of District 12. If you believe that Peeta played no part in Katniss's life,well wrong! Because he actually did, and I believe it affects her life every day. I love Peeta, he thinks things through and knows how to the play the role of the star, which was necessary for survival. You need to be a good actor to get supporters!
There was two more characters that I would like to talk about: Haymitch and Effie (did I spell her name right). I love these two characters both are full of whit and charm. Effie was just to cute to bare and boy her clothing styles: yikes!
I loved the Hunger Games. The plot was well formed and Collins knew exactly what she wanted to achieve. Each character had more than just a background story, the felt real. I could picture each and everyone of them in my head, like they were standing right in front of me. I never lacked boredom, and the decisions these characters make, including the author, always kept me on my toes. This book is definitely a page turner.
Read on my Tributes!!
Can NOT WAIT for the Movie!
xx Kat xx