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Friday, July 1, 2011

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

I don't normally read dystopian novels, but my son gave me a copy of The Hunger Games and said it was a must read. Suzanne Collins creates a restrictive world governed by a capitol city which controls surrounding districts. In a macabre form of entertainment The Hunger Games is a yearly event in which two people from each district are chosen to compete to the death. But this book isn't just about the games, it's about relationships, the will to live and the art of survival. Suzanne Collins doesn't just hook you at the end of each chapter, she inserts twists and turns to the story in each paragraph and keeps the tension tight even at the end. This is the first book of the series and my son was right - it's a must read.

From the cover:
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 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 weigh survival against humanity and life against love.





29 comments:

TheBookGirl said...

I haven't read this one -- like you, I don't really read dystopian fiction. I am really impressed that your son made the recommendation; my daughter used to love to read when she was younger, but somewhere along the way in high school she stopped reading "for fun." I keep hoping she'll pick up the habit again, she's in college, now, but I'm not holding my breath :)

Marg said...

Like you, I would think twice before reading this book but your review does make it sound good. I might have to give it a try. Thanks for this review.

Helen Ginger said...

The book sounds intense and rather scary. I haven't read it, but I wouldn't be surprised to find that my son has. He reads everything.

K9friend said...

Not usually my kind of book, but I'll check into it on your recommendation.

Pat

Deb Nance at Readerbuzz said...

I don't know why I keep reading a book. It's not the story. It's not the characters. I really don't know!

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Vickie said...

I listened to this one in the car for my long commute for work. I found myself sitting in the parking lot or the driveway to listen to 'just a little bit more' and had to make myself turn it off or I'd be late for work.

I can listen to or read dystopian novels every once in a while, then I need a palate cleanser. I don't like to think that the future is going to be so dismal and grubby, but I know it could happen.

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BookQuoter said...

Love these books. The first one is my favorite.

Evie said...

Thanks for visiting my blog! :)
I am glad to hear you liked Hunger Games, hopefully you'll enjoy the movie, too!

Joanne said...

Holy Cow - I'm ready to post a new blog and it's on the Hunger Games. I really liked this book, and am ready for the movie. Nathan was correct in having you read it. Good call.

Marie said...

everyone loves this- maybe someday, LOL :-)

A Canadian Girl said...

I avoided this one because I wasn't sure it would live up to the hype. I was wrong! I loved it and now need to read Books 2 and 3 in the series.

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Jenny Q said...

Love these books. I think they're fantastic! Glad you enjoyed Hunger Games!

christa @ mental foodie said...

I am glad you liked it! It took me by surprise (in a good way) too. I won the book for a year, put in on the shelf and forgot about it... then I wonder why I waited so long! Are you going to read the rest of the series? I like 2 but not 3. Though with #3 people seem to either love it or don't. Here's my review of The Hunger Games: http://mentalfoodie.blogspot.com/2010/04/book-review-hunger-games-by-suzanne.html

Misha said...

The only reason I read the series was out of curiosity and all the hype. Once I read the first book, I was hooked! I am glad you enjoyed it too.

Nic @ Irresistible Reads said...

I agree The Hunger Games is a must read.

Liz @ Cleverly Inked said...

I loved this one, the next 2 are not as good but a great series over all.

Shirley said...

I'm glad to read that you enjoyed this book! I'm sure now you'll have to read the other two in the series! These are on my must-read list!!

Laura Fabiani said...

I couldn't put it down either and read the whole trilogy.

Jen the bibliophile said...

I love this series. I've read the first 2 in the series a couple of times. I really liked book 3 as well, but I was sad to see the series end. I'm glad you enjoyed it!

Jen
In the Closet With a Bibliophile

Alexis @ Reflections of a Bookaholic said...

I read this one recently and I agree with you about the themes outside the games. I haven't read the rest of the series but I plan to.

Thanks for stopping by today.

Sonia said...

I have bought this book for a while. And I plan to read this in the coming summer. I guess I will like it.

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Whitney said...

Dystopian novels have never appealed to me either, but this one seems rather popular and interesting. I think they have it at my library so will check it out on my next visit.

Deb Nance at Readerbuzz said...

My doesn't-read-anything nephew loved this book. I am proud to say that I recommended it to him.

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Blodeuedd said...

The book was so good! :D I loved the horrid world she created.

Lesa said...

Did you think about it for days after finishing it?

I've always liked reading dystopians and loved this book. I liked the whole series but the 1st one is my fave.