Title: The Hunger Games.
Author: Suzanne Collins.
Published: October 31st 2008 (first published September 14th 2008)
Publisher: Scholastic Inc.
ISBN: 0439023483 (ISBN13: 9780439023481)
Sort: part one of ‘The Hunger Games.’
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 is forced to represent her district in the Games. But Katniss has been close to dead before-and survival.
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.
What I really liked about this book are the characters and their development. Katniss is a tough girl, but she has a soft side and that gave her a real personality. Peeta was not my favorite, but that’s also because he was a whiny boy in the movie. I think that I like Gale more. I don’t know why, but I liked Haymitch from the beginning. I felt a certain sympathy for him. Imagine his role in The Hunger Games. Coaching a girl and a boy and seeing them die every year.
The strength of this book is the reflection to our lives. It’s true: everybody wants to see more blood and action. Look at the programs on television, where people do these crazy things for money. Nothing is silly enough. We always try to cross the line. Just push the limits a bit further. How many years before we host our own Hunger Games? Thinking about it makes me sick, but I don’t think that something like that is off limits.. When we always want more, where will we end someday? Watching people butcher each other for money and excitement? I’m frightened for the future sometimes.
I still wonder why this book is SUCH a hype. It’s fantastic indeed, but why is this particular book so popular? At least I’m happy that it’s about a very good book, instead of some other hypes we have had. And I know that you know what I’m talking about ;)