*Review* The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins

 The Hunger Games

Suzanne Collins

374 pages

ISBN: 9780439023481

Read 3-31-12

Source: Own

Format: Paperback

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 is forced to represent her district in the Games. But Katniss has been close to dead before-and survival.

     I loved this book!  It was really good and my heart hurt for the world Katniss lives in.  It is such a horrible place if you live in the districts.  The districts are dingy, starving, and so life-draining for the most part, where as the Capitol is shiny and colorful.  Because of the rebellion from 74 years ago, the children of these districts are the ones having to pay the price for an ongoing punishment by the Capitol.  The Hunger Games are nightmarish and grueling.  This story is intense and there is few places in it that lack interest, if any.
Katniss was a great character, and you could feel her fear, but her bravery also at the different places in the book.  She is definitely a survivor!  Peeta is a very likeable character also and has a charming personality.  I loved Cinna and his calmness.  Between the movie and the book, Cinna is my favorite character transported to the screen.  Lenny Kravitz made an excellent Cinna, so cool and collected.
There is so much I can’t wait to see what happens for the next installment of this series, and also the next movie won’t get here fast enough!  The author’s writing is very straight and to the point, and the descriptions were great, especially at the hallucinations when she thought green pus was oozing everywhere (which still may or may not have happened).  This part may be weird, but did they not used the restroom the whole time they were in the arena?  I know it isn’t necessary to do a whole potty-scene, but there wasn’t even a mention of it.  If I didn’t have so many other books I needed to read this instant, Catching Fire would be the next one in my hand.

Action-packed, un-put-downable, great characters, great descriptions

The book is so full of action, and I probably would have been a lot more anxious if I hadn’t seen the movie first.  Now I am going to talk a little about the book to the big screen.

***Spoiler Alert***     If you haven’t seen the movie or read the book, there are going to be spoilers here!!

I was pleased to notice there weren’t many HUGE differences.  They cut a couple characters, but luckily they were minor for this part of the story.  The thing I wanted to see the most though from the book to the movie that they didn’t have was the creatures at the end that were trying to get them and how they had been genetically altered from the tributes.  That gave me the shivers to know how far the Capitol goes and how very horrible they can be.  Not only do they make kids kills each other, but then they mess with their genes for creating creatures.
I did enjoy how they had the view point from in the arena and outside the arena during the games.  We got to see the reactions of the other districts, such as when Rue died (I gave myself a headache trying not to cry in the movie theater) and Gale’s expression when Katniss kisses Peeta.  Like I said previously, I loved Lenny Kravitz as Cinna!  The costumes in the capitol were amazing and WOW for the flaming costumes for the chariot ride.  Loved it and I can’t wait for the next one!!

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Filed under 4.5 Stars, Action, Dystopian, Fiction, Science Fiction, Young Adult

One response to “*Review* The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins

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