Series: The Hunger Games #1
Published by Scholastic Inc. on 2008
Genres: Action & Adventure, General, Science Fiction, Survival Stories, Young Adult
Synopsis from Goodreads:
“Winning will make you famous.
Losing means certain death.
In a dark vision of the near future, a terrifying reality TV show is taking place. Twelve boys and twelve girls are forced to appear in a live event called the Hunger Games. There is only one rule: kill or be killed.
When sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen steps forward to take her sister’s place in the games, she sees it as a death sentence. But Katniss has been close to death before. For her, survival is second nature.”
What can I say about Hunger Games that hasn’t already been said? Well, probably not much. I can tell you that the first time that I tried to read it, I was appalled at the thought of reading about kids killing each other. I didn’t see how it could be enjoyable when in this day and age, I cry every time the news shows a story about a child being killed or something like Newton that shakes me to my core. It’s a parent’s biggest fear to lose their child and I couldn’t believe these killings were a “game.”
I gave into the hype and the pressure of my oldest son who said I had to give the book another try. If it’s one thing I try to teach my kids, it’s that they should try food, activities and the like twice before deciding. I guess that one came back to bite me as my son said I had to try and read it a second time before judging the book.
I admit, I’m glad I read it and it is one of my favorite reads of 2013. If you don’t already know, the book is about kids aged 12 to 18 that are forced into the Hunger Games once a year. They fight one another to the death until there is only one left standing. TV cameras are hidden throughout the arena so that each kill can be televised and fans can cheer on the person from their District. Katniss (a 16 year old girl) and Peeta (an 18 year old boy) are the participants from District 12, the poorest of the Districts.
Before the Games, Katniss has to fight for survival in her home district to hunt down food for herself, her mother and her sister. During the Games, she still struggles to survive against richer District athletes who are trained for these gruesome events. To add to the confusion, Peeta confesses during the Game that he’s had a crush on Katniss since he met her. Is it the truth or is he just playing the Game to get more fans and a better chance at a sponsor who sends them gifts to help them win? Katniss doesn’t know who to trust since she knows there can only be one victor who returns home to his or her family.
The story is very emotional, the bond between Katniss and her younger sister Prim who she saves from the Games is endearing and heart-breaking. The friendship that develops between Katniss and Peeta blurs the lines of love. They make a convincing couple on the TV screen for the fans but what are their true feelings?
It’s a book filled with suspense and surprises. I can’t wait to read the next installment. Hunger Games reminded me very much of Divergent which is the first YA book that I read and loved. I’m Team Peeta, I always fall for the nice guy, how about you?
“You don’t forget the face of the person who was your last hope.”
“Deep in the meadow, hidden far away
A cloak of leaves, a moonbeam ray
Forget your woes and let your troubles lay
And when it’s morning again, they’ll wash away
Here it’s safe, here it’s warm
Here the daisies guard you from every harm
Here your dreams are sweet and tomorrow brings them true
Here is the place where I love you.”
“Rue, who when you ask her what she loves most in the world, replies, of all things, “Music.”
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