Pub. Date: 2008
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 will weigh survival against humanity and life against love.
This was the first time that I read a book with sky-high expectations and am not let down. When I heard about the exhilaration that this book brought to people, I knew I must read it. The storyline lured me in, I wanted to read about the epic battles between the kids in this alternative world. Not only does Collins balance action between fighting but it also creates a heart-wrenching feeling on the side. Everything I expected.
Don't debate why this book is on bestseller lists, why its one of the most notable books, or why this book receives so many praise! There's a wonderful reason for it all. Its original, heart-pounding, intense, and overwhelmingly glorious.
I found no faults in The Hunger Games. Everything was perfectly executed plot, characters, twists, etc. Dare I say it, it's now my most favorite book. Read it this book had a great effect on me and on countless others, that's why it's so popular. Millions of people can't be wrong. Do I have to scream it from a roof top, READ it or MISS out of something almost epic in the world of YA.
Rated PG-13 Young Adult
This book is appropriate for an older audience according the publisher. Although, The Hunger Games has a minimal amount of references to sex, profanity, drugs and alcohol, and violence etc.
Overall: 49/50 = 99% = A+
Cover: Never drew me to the book I found it too plain. Oddly enough, inside it held something so extraordinary.
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