Book Review: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Title: The Hunger Games

Author: Suzanne Collins

Number of Pages: 374 pages

Genre: YA Dystopian

Overall Rating: 3.5/5 stars

Summary From Cover: 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.

Discussion: I enjoyed this more than I thought I would.

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I honestly thought I would hate this all over again, throw the book across the room, and never even start Catching Fire. But I did. Sure, it wasn’t amazing, and I only gave it 3.5 stars, but I’m reading the second book and liking it more. I still think Mockingjay will be horrifically horrid. Ah, well.

So, what did I like?

  • Katniss-I mean, just a bit more. Just a smidge.
  • The plot-Honestly, I forgot how good the plot is. Very entertaining.
  • The side characters-Prim, Cinna, Effie, the prep team–those people.
  • Gale-He is one of my favorite characters.
  • Rue-I just love her! So much.
  • The political part-You know, the part of it that talks about government and stuff that only certain people debate about.

And what did I dislike?

  • The writing-I really do not like Suzanne Collins’s writing. The sentences are short and clipped and I just don’t like it!
  • Peeta-I know, fangirls will murder me for this, but I find him to be an airhead.

I surprised myself while making these lists; I guess I do like it more than I know. But the writing doesn’t do it for me. Not enough.

Have you read The Hunger Games? What did you think? Tell me in the comments below.

Before we go: I’ve decided to push back the Weekly Wrap-Up to Saturday from now on.


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