Saturday, March 31, 2012
Book Review: The Hunger Games
Author: Suzanne Collins
Summary: 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 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...But Katniss has been close to dead before- and survival, for her, is second nature..... if she is to win, she will have to start making choices that weigh survival against humanity and life against love. (I took the summary from the back of the book, I did leave some parts out)
Where to start with this book? I liked it so much it is difficult to know where to begin! The book is shocking, tragic, dark,and at some moments happy. One thing that I know worries people is if it is gruesome. It is not, the story of the book is violent, and when being told what is happening it is a more mater-of fact way than a gory way, more this is what is happening.
I very much identified with how much Katniss wanted to protect her younger sister. I understood her feelings. I really was able to identify with her character in many ways. There was a wide range of characters, from nice to mean, eccentric to moderate. I could go on and on about different characters, but I don't want to put in any spoilers. :) I will probably do a post where I talk about different characters.
One thing that I found interesting about the characters names in the Capitol was that some were Roman. I found a lot of the parallels in the book very interesting. The book is set in the future, and I think will make you think about where we are heading. It really made me wonder about where we were heading, especially with all the parallels to our society.
One thing that really impresses me as far a writing went, was how well the author used cliffhangers. Some authors try to use them, but really are not very good. Suzanne Collins knew how to use them and did. Although they did drive me crazy it was in a good way, it made me want to read the book more.
It is heart breaking and tragic. There are moment that are good, and the moment that make you want to cry. The story brings to life all kinds of issues I think few people would be willing to talk about much less write a book about.
Overall I feel that this book tells a good story. It shows things in our society that are not good. Though a shocking and horrific story it is one that is meant to shock and horrify the readers to make them think. Overall this book has made me think about life, it has given my family a lot of good discussions. This is a book I would really really like to own someday to be able to read again and again. I will be adding it to my list of things I want get. :)
I really could go on and on about this book, but I won't. :)
May the Odds ever be in your favor.