Monday, January 31, 2011

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

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. But if she is to win, she will have to start making choices that will weigh survival against humanity and life against love.
 
 
First Look: ****I picked this up at the library when it first came out, but I saw something shiny (probably Artemis Fowl) and set it down. Now that it's hugely popular, I had to check it out.
Setting: *****  Awesome! When the synopsis begins with "In the ruins of a place once known as North America..." you know it's going to be good.

Characters: ***** Katniss is almost the ideal protagonist. Super-likable, but also very relateable and flawed just enough to be believable. She's a killer archer (literally, actually, though that wasn't how I intended it to sound), and yet very vulnerable. And then there's Peeta, who's just impossible to hate.

Plot: ***** Wow. This book is a roller coaster! It's incredibly past-paced, but it works with the story. This is the kind of book that you do everything possible to avoid putting it down because you really want to know what'll happen next.
Cliché-ness: *****  Very unique. It seemed like a combination of The Giver and The Quillan Games, minus the bizarre creepiness of Veego and LaBerge and the literariness of The Giver.

Writing: ***** Suzanne Collins knows how to tell a story, and tell it well. Usually present tense bothers me, but not this book.

Likes:  It kept reminding me of The Quillan Games, but in a good way. And...well, I liked pretty much everything about this.

Not-so-great:  It didn't have the whoa, this could happen to us! feeling to it that I like from a dystopia. That's about it. And the fact that a movie is coming out.
Total Score: *****  Recommend it? Here's an appropriate use for the word duh! I now see why this is so popular! *goes to request sequel from the library*

Reviews of other Hunger Games novels:
Catching Fire (The Hunger Games #2)
Mockingjay (The Hunger Games #3)

1 comment:

  1. Ahhh, The Hunger Games...I read it to see what the big deal was. I wasn't that impressed, I'd personally give it 3 or 4 stars. For all the hype it's gotten, I expected it to be more...epic. Especially the first hundred or so pages. It got interesting farther in, but I think it took TOO LONG to get epic...maybe it's just personal preference.

    Thanks for picking THE WISHING WELL! :) I appreciate the support!

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