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Wednesday, January 5, 2011

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Book One of Three
Author: Suzanne Collins
Source: Purchased

Reading level: Young Adult
Hardcover: 384 pages
Publisher: Scholastic Press; 1st edition (September 14, 2008)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0439023483
ISBN-13: 978-0439023481


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.


If you are a regular reader of books, you know about The Hunger Games Trilogy. I knew about the books, knew everyone was raving about them, but I just couldn't bring myself to read them.  At first, the book didn't seem to appeal to me.  The summary seemed to TV Survivor for me and the hype that was going around with the books made me cringe that they wouldn't live up to my expectations.  Yet, I created a poll letting you--my blog readers--decide if I should read it as my first series of the year to review.  I admit that I complained to my family that The Hunger Games was in the lead.  I just knew that if this series was the winner of the poll, I would have to suffer through 3 books of reading that I would despise.  After the poll closed, and The Hunger Games was the clear winner, I dug out my copies of the books and started to read.  

Can I just say one thing? What the heck was I thinking???

I can't believe I waited and dragged my feet about reading this book! By the end of the first chapter, I was so engrossed in this story that I could not put it down.  I barely set it down long enough to go on Twitter and tell everyone I was so stupid for not reading it!  The adventure, the suspense, the writing--all of it was amazing!  Each chapter seemed to end with a bigger climatic finish than the last.  I cried, cheered and my heart broke into a million pieces several times over in this book.  I absolutely fell in love with Peeta from the moment his eyes teared up on the train.  I loved Katniss from the moment she opened her mouth in the first chapter.  When it comes to Rue, my heart broke for her and I wanted to pick flowers for her as well.  

What more can I say about this book to convince you that you have to read it?  I was once a reader who kept saying that I would never read this series. If this is you, then I will tell you to read it! I was one of those people who didn't believe it would live up to the hype and thought it sounded boring.  Now I am a fellow hard core fan of this series and I still have two more books to go.  It is still early on in the series, but I will say that I am Team Peeta!  What team are you on?


Outstanding Book That Will Stay On My Bookshelf
For Rereading! 5 STARS



Blogger TannyP said...

YAY! I can't believe it took you this long to read it. I LOVED this series! I'm soooo Team Peeta, too =)
I can't wait to hear what you think of the others. Waiting for the third was a killer and now I want to go back and reread them all since reading your comments!

January 5, 2011 at 9:26 AM  
Blogger Cindy said...

This is such a great book and I am glad you loved it! I still need to read the rest of the series, but I will get to it soon. Great review :)

January 5, 2011 at 9:33 AM  
Blogger barmybex said...

Glad you finally got round to reading them, and even happier that you loved them.
As for Rue i cried so hard!!!
I think i'm team Peeta too but it's a tough call, now what are you waiting for read the rest :D

January 5, 2011 at 9:38 AM  
Blogger Rowena said...

You remind me of me when I finally read these books, my constant thought while reading was, "What was I thinking?" and "Why did I wait so long to read these?" but you know what? None of that matters now because you did read it and you loved it. Welcome to the club! =) Such a great series!

January 5, 2011 at 9:47 AM  
Blogger Amy L. Campbell said...

I'm Team Buttercup. More girls should grow up to become happy self-contained cat ladies!

Although in the end I approve of Katniss's decision and her reasoning behind it.

January 5, 2011 at 9:59 AM  
Blogger Julie@My5monkeys said...

its a great series and glad that you are reading it. Welcome to the Hunger Games club.

January 5, 2011 at 10:29 AM  
Blogger Alex Bennett from Electrifying Reviews said...


January 5, 2011 at 1:39 PM  
Blogger Anna said...

Glad you finally started the series. I had the same thoughts. Thinking this book is not for me, but boy I was dead wrong.

January 5, 2011 at 2:37 PM  
Blogger Amber Skye said...

This book is AMAZING. I love the second book even more, if that's possible. I'm so glad that you decided to give it a try :) I waited until this past year to read it, and I was kicking myself for waiting so long.

January 5, 2011 at 3:53 PM  
Blogger KristinCanRead said...

Hello. New blog follower here!

I couldn't put the book down either. Wait until you read Catching Fire. It's almost better! If you check out my blog, be careful, I wrote about them, so I don't want to spoil anything for you!

Great Blog!

January 5, 2011 at 4:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

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January 5, 2011 at 5:06 PM  
Blogger Smash Attack Ash said...

Pretty amazing, right? I have a really snazzy non-spoiler series synopsis on my blog, if you wanna check it out. I'm so excited for you to continue the series! Woot!

January 5, 2011 at 6:41 PM  
Blogger Hannah Marie said...

Well, since you enjoyed them.... I will finally pick up my copy and read it. I am in the same boat you were, and have been dreading reading them for the couple of weeks I've had it. Thanks for the encouragement to read them. :) and great review.

January 6, 2011 at 1:55 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

hehe better late than ever huh? Great review! =D

January 6, 2011 at 3:36 AM  
Blogger Mare/TommyGirl said...

I'm glad you loved it! It's such the perfect book!

January 6, 2011 at 10:03 AM  
Blogger Lisa_sps said...

I've heard only reat things about this one. I really want to read it!

January 6, 2011 at 11:02 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I heard about these books because my college was requiring Freshmen to read it, my sister just started up her college career, so pretty soon my sister, Mom and Dad had all the books read. I have still not picked it up...I think it's my rebelous, non-conforming side or something. LOL. They are all downloaded on my kindel and it looks like I need to get around to reading them sooner than later!

January 7, 2011 at 4:21 PM  

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