Great novel, probably the most unique book i've ever read
Every chapter is just amazing. There's nothing dull about the story, it's really well written and easily understood. I really like how every time a chapter ends, there's either a shocking surprise or a cliffhanger. Katniss is so inspiring even if sometimes when she's clueless or in shock. The story isn't just about the hunger games but from family, love, friends as well as surving with lost loved ones. The reason i gave 4/5 stars for characters and writing style is not because i don't like it but it's because sometimes the characters make decisions or say stuff that i just don't agree with. Sometimes i would be like 'no!! why are you doing this'. Overall this book has made me nearly in tears twice...maybe more but it touched me.
I didn't realize how much I loved this book until I reread it. I hate rereading books, mostly because I love the experience of reading a book for the first time, and rereading the book sort of takes away all the magic for me. This book is one of the only exceptions.
-The world is amazingly developed:
Panem is a continent separated into 12 Districts, and Katniss Everdeen lives in the 12th. Each District is known for its different duties to the continent, and District 12 specializes in mining, and is one of the overlooked Districts. Every year, there is a spectator/gladiator event that involves two "Tributes" from each of the Districts, and they must be children, rallying up 24 kids to participate. The event is called the Hunger Games, a piece of revenge by the Capitol of Panem on an earlier rebellion, where the Tributes fight to the death live on television.
-The setting is a character:
District 12, the Capitol, and the Arena all come alive in the story. The Arena's features differ each year for the Games, and Katniss battles in a very woodsy-type arena. The characters have to accomodate to the forest.
Katniss's character has always bugged me. I like Katniss Everdeen, but not the way she makes decisions, or the way she acts. Katniss is the real "mother" of her family, and hunts for food though the law doesn't allow it, and takes her sister Prim's place in the Hunger Games. But Katniss is a very rash and instinctual character. She thinks some things through, but she, in my opinion, gets sort of a big head, and takes advantage of all the attention that she earns. That isn't an entirely bad idea, but Katniss should spend her time focusing more on the task at hand rather than manipulating the Capitol and its viewers.
I don't know why I waited so long to read this book but when I finally read it, I absolutely loved it!
If your the type of person who likes to go with their own flow when it comes to books and you don't like to read what EVERYONE is reading I highly recommend you to atleast give this book a chance, because it is wonderful and of coarse one of my new ultime favorite books!
Considering it's one of the most-reviewed books on here, I will try to keep this short. Still, this is likely one of the few reviews that won't be singing its praises.
I read "The Hunger Games" because I was forced to, essentially. I was resisting it because I had fallen for the hype surrounding "Twilight" a few years ago, and the way I describe it, "'Twilight' and I had a very bad break-up." However, my dad kept bugging me to read it because Katniss is an archer and - what do you know? - so am I. Yes, I did it before Katniss made it cool. Plus, my dad was going to read it, and he normally doesn't read a lot of books. Therefore I felt obligated to read it as well. For the record, I did not go into "The Hunger Games" wanting to hate it. In fact, I was hoping that I would be proved wrong. And, coming out of it, I don't hate it, but all I have is a big 'eh'. Just 'eh'.
I think I would have liked it better if it were written in third person. I really wanted to know what was going on in the Capitol or with the other Tributes, and Katniss wasn't really a fantastic narrator. Her reaction to hearing Prim's name called was extremely anti-climactic (and on that note, I'd like to point out that, as a hunter, I know for a fact that people DIE regularly from falling out of ten-foot tree stands. I did not buy that Katniss was merely winded after that experience). Also, Collins used far too many fragmented sentences. I know, I sound like a Grammar Nazi, but I'm not anti-fragments. There's just a time and a place, and they were sprinkled haphazardly all over the place in Collins work. They lose their impact, then.
Although "Twilight" and I do not get along well now, I can say this: at least it had a decent love-triangle. The most obnoxious love-triangle in history, yes, but at least it did have three points and conflict. The 'love-triangle' in "The Hunger Games" was more like a love-90-degree-angle ... Gale was so inconsequential throughout most of the book and his relationship with Katniss so vague that I did not care. And I didn't care much about Peeta either, for that matter. Like I said, 'eh'. Same for all the other Tributes. It's supposed to be this huge deal that they all die, but besides Rue I never got to know any of them well enough to care at all. There's just so little character-development in this whole book that it left a very small impact on me. The thing that I can compliment Collins on is her action sequences. As I said in my points, it's clear she's a screenwriter. There was some good action stuff. I just wanted it to be BALANCED with characters that I cared about!
So, overall, not the best book I've ever read (but definitely not the worst). I guess there's one other good thing I can hand to the series, though, and this reluctantly: it's getting people to read in an age where reading is no longer cool. And for that, I tip my hat to you, Ms. Collins.
So much for keeping this short.
-It's clear that Collins is a screen-writer. Her action scenes were good.
-The book gets people to read.
I love The Hunger Games and wish the second two books were are good as this one. They're okay, but this one is really great. Katniss is pretty awesome, and so is Peeta. Pretty violent though, but I guess a lot of books are these days. Great story and full of action. I couldn't put this book down!
The Hunger Games is the story of Katniss, a young girl fighting to survive in the Capitol. It's a human eat human world out there-and the government is all too willing to show it. Every year, one guy and one girl are drawn out of the twelve districts. Then, the Hunger Games begin. The rules of the game are simple. Whoever comes out alive, wins. And, Katniss is a competitor.
Utterly captivating. From the moment you meet Katniss and Gale, you can tell they've lived a pretty rough life. Katniss isn't that likeable at first, but as soon as she mentions the Hunger Games you'll be interested enough to keep reading until she wins you over. Of course, the other characters help along with that. Some of my favourites included Peeta and the costume designer (whose name has slipped my mind-it started with a C?). The rules of the game are barbarous and the stakes are high-made even higher when you meet Peeta, the other competitor from Katniss's district. Unfortunately for Katniss, Peeta is a likeable guy. It complicates things for Katniss and for the reader-after all, we really don't want him to die.
Throughout the novel, the characters experience extremes of emotion and you're there experiencing it with them.
The book has a definite appeal. The suspense, the romance, the frightening plotline) and sympathetic characters will probably bring in a large-and well deserved audience. It's easily, easily one of the better books of the year.
This is one of the best novels I have read this year. The basic idea is very similar to Battle Royale. Put some kids in an arena of sorts for a fight to the death. In The Hunger Games, the kids are put in the arena as a way to make sure the twelve districts of Panem do not rebel against the Capitol. The story takes place in Panem, the ruins of North America, and the Capitol is their harsh form of government. The twelve districts each send two tributesa boy and a girl, and the games are televised each year for the citizens to see. Ah, dystopia!
Suzanne Collins made the novel a joy to read. It was thrilling, and I could not wait to find out what happened next. Pretty much every chapter ended on a cliffhanger. Even the final one. It almost felt that the novel should have ended earlier and that part of the end should have been saved for the second novel. For now, Ill just believe the author knows what shes doing. I also love how she developed friendships between the tributes. It seems unlikely given that only one tribute can survive, but Collins does it quite realistically with her protagonist, Katniss Everdeen. Shes everything I could have asked for in a protagonist. Incredibly likeable and extremely realistic. I dont ask for much, do I? ;) The minor characters are also very interesting. I cant really say lovely or nice with the viciousness of a few of them.
I absolutely could not put this book down. I ended up reading it in one sitting because it was that good! Its unique, heartwrenching and interestingly morbid. I was on the edge of my seat the entire time fearing for Katniss' life. I smiled and even cried reading this one. The Hunger Games is one of the most unique books I've ever read and I recommend it to anyone who doesn't mind a bit of gore and murder!
Katniss Everdeen is a hunter. With her bow and arrow, she can do nearly anything. This has been helpful, living in District Twelve of Panem, a new country where the United States of America once stood. Though it's illegal, Katniss hunts animals, collects plants, and sells it at the Hub to get money and food to support her family. But when she volunteers to participate in the Hunger Games in the place of someone she loves, she's off to fight 23 other tribunes to the death. The only one who can help her is the constantly drunk Haymitch who was the last person to win the games from District 12. Can she survive the Hunger Games?
The very first thing I thought when reading this book was, "Oh! It's like The Lottery and The Most Dangerous Game in one!" You know, the whole you get your name drawn and something bad happens to you plus man hunting man. (9th grade English...yeah, I payed attention.) Also, I saw a few similarities to Julius Ceaser, which I'm currently reading in school, like the fact that Flavius was a name in both and they both use the word tribune....okay, not really but look, I made a connection! And I also thought it was very Uglies by Scott Westerfeld with the whole futuristic world and evil government we have to conquer thing.
Truthfully, the majority of the reason I decided to read this book was based on the suggestion by Stephenie Meyer. I trust her opinion completely. And I was not disappointed. I even skipped practicing my Clarinet to finish reading it because I knew that if I didn't I wouldn't be able to thing of anything else.
Writing? Excellent. Characters? Amazing. Speaking of characters, the names are awesomely futuristic and unique. Glimmer? Cato? Yeah, I'm jealous. Especially Peeta. Oh, how I love his name. It's like Peter but with an abnormally enlarged coolness gland. Ah-may-zing. Plot? Freaking godly. I am forcing people to read this book.
I can not wait for the second book, which is called Chasing Fire. It comes out in September 2009. It will most likely be a trilogy.
I would recommend this book to anyone who has a pulse...and vampires...because it's the most amazing book I've ever read (well, along Twilight...).