Alysia’s Old Review: The Hunger Games

Posted January 9, 2017 by Alysia in Book Review / 0 Comments

Alysia’s Old Review: The Hunger GamesThe Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1) by Suzanne Collins
Published by Scholastic Press on September 14th 2008
Genres: Dystopian, Fiction, YA, Young Adult
Pages: 374
Format: Paperback
Source: Bought it
Goodreads four-stars

Winning will make you famous. Losing means certain death.
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.

My Thoughts on this Book

(Review posted originally on January 21, 2012 @My Little Pocketbooks)  After hearing so much hype about this book and having it on my TBR pile, I was grateful my book club selected this as the January Book of the Month. I don’t think I would have just gone out and bought it and read it without the book club selecting it. With that said, I really enjoyed this book. The first half of the book (up to Chapter 5) I was complete disturbed that a book about kids killing kids was written and marketed to kids. With all the parent groups going on and on about video game violence, I was not thrilled about the overall plot. I was reading with much hesitation and dread of the chapters to come.

After hearing so much hype about this book and having it on my TBR pile, I was grateful my book club selected this as the January Book of the Month. I don’t think I would have just gone out and bought it and read it without the book club selecting it. With that said, I really enjoyed this book. The first half of the book (up to Chapter 5) I was complete disturbed that a book about kids killing kids was written and marketed to kids. With all the parent groups going on and on about video game violence, I was not thrilled about the overall plot. I was reading with much hesitation and dread of the chapters to come.
Once I completed the first half of the book and the Hunger Games had begun I was shocked to find myself reading and reading with much anticipation and excitement.
The author did a good job of not making the killing violent and over the top for shock value. (Which I was concerned about.) The author did a wonderful job with making the readers understand the characters bonds, alliances as well as friendships.
This book is a classic man vs. man story that mixes the elements of Wizard of Oz and Red Dawn.
The overall experience of reading the book was good and I find myself thinking about purchasing the next two books in the series. The only reason I did not give this book my top rating is due to the disturbing story plot of children in this situation.

RECOMMENDED FOR:  I recommend this book to teenagers and over.

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About Suzanne Collins

Suzanne Collins is the author of the groundbreaking Hunger Games trilogy: The Hunger Games, Catching Fire, and Mockingjay.

She is also the author of picture book, Year of the Jungle, and the New York Times bestselling Underland Chronicles series for 7+ readers, which started with Gregor the Overlander. Suzanne lives with her family in Connecticut. You can find her online at suzannecollinsbooks.com.

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Alysia is book lover who not to long ago found out about the book blogging world. I love drinking tea, watching movies with a unique plot, video games (RPG only), traveling and hanging with friends and family. There are a ton of books on my ever-growing TBR list. I hope to tell you about a few of them here.

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