Title: The Hunger Games
Series: The Hunger Games Book 1
Author: Suzanne Collins
Published: September 14, 2008 by Scholastic Press
Blurb: Could you survive on your own in the wild, with every one 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 weight survival against humanity and life against love.
Review: I’ve read this trilogy before, of course I have, not many people haven’t, but this is the first time that I’m actually reviewing it. Which, I wrote this review back in 2018. That tells me how long this reading slump has been going on and that makes me very sad. No where to go but up!
The movies tend to focus more on the romance, of course they do, just like the Capitol, but the books don’t…focus on it as much. I won’t say very little, even though that’s what I wrote down because I wrote this so long ago however, I did just finish re-reading it. True, Katniss thinks about it, in fact she’s the one that seems to think about it the most when it comes to Gale, but it’s kind of downplayed due to everything else going on.
Looking over my review from 2018, I…have grown in my review style since then so, I’m just going to go off what I thought while I was re-reading.
The bits of romance thinking seemed a little forced, like ‘hey! Remember, this is also in the works! This little drama bit!’ when the author could have nixed that bit and it would have been even more interesting. She’s worried about surviving, she doesn’t need a relationship drama moment.
The writing is decent enough to keep you going, has just enough emotion to make you a little teary if your emotions are that close to the surface. The cover is, of course, plain and not really that eye-catching, so if you don’t know about one of the most popular dystopian books, I doubt the cover will snag a brand new reader.
This series is one of those that will be a classic and stayed with a generation, so it’ll always be a staple of reading. Thankfully, it’s a pretty good read anyway. I do recommend it to the appropriate age group and up.
Thank you for reading my review!
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