Page Count: 374 pages
Series: The Hunger Games #1
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.
What I Thought:
For all y'all out there who haven't read this book: WHAT THE HECK MAN! It's the 2011/2012 thing to do. Out of all three of them, this is probably my most favorite book in the series.
Hunger Games is a super fast read—and I mean super fast. You’ll grow to really care about the characters. Plus, it’s actually kind of genius how Suzanne Collins takes everyday things, like reality TV and amps them up to 1000. So the reader is able to relate to this, even though this is a horrifying, cruel, and basically wrong. Suzanne doesn’t tone down the violence (literally one of my favorite characters died and its just... no I can't even) that’s the center of the novel. If she did, her message probably would have lost most of its power because it's on of those "you really have to think about your government and life right now under its control" books.
Go read The Hunger Games or reread it, not because it’s the next big thing, but because it’s worth reading. Seriously! I read it 8 times already and I still enjoy it! The Hunger Games made me start reading again. Before this I would read 3 books a year!!