Honestly, I didn't think I would like this book at first. I mean, come on, putting a bunch of kids in an arena to fight to the death? It just sounded so horribly wrong and gruesome, but man was it full of such suspense. The writing was so good that I felt like I was Katniss herself, the main character in the book. I literally could not put the book down. I was even late to work a few times (I like to read when I wake up) because I couldn't wait to see what would happen next. The chapters are like cliffhangers that beg you to keep reading.
Vivid details and descriptions made for awesome imagery.
The Hunger Games is about a girl named Katniss who takes her sister, Prim’s place as a tribute in the hunger games.The main character, Katniss, lives in District 12, in a poor mining community called the Seam with her mother and sister.Two children in each district are chosen randomly to compete with each other to the death in an arena. The event is televised for everyone in the Capitol to see. The winning tribute is given food for themselves and their families.Along with Katniss is a boy named Peeta Malark, who is also drawn to fight in the Games.Peeta Malark is the baker’s son that Katniss knows through school.
Suspenseful to the point that you don't want to put it down
I read the Hunger Games trilogy a year ago, and I was absolutely amazed. Loved the characters and point of view. I admire how strong and confident Katniss was as a female lead. It was refreshing. Great detail and the plot is unique. Reading it all over again in preparation for the movie.
I admit, with the hype surrounding THE HUNGER GAMES, I was nervous to open the book. How could it possibly live up to all the amazing things people were saying?
Collins has a strong, compelling writing style, and this book grabs you from the beginning. When Katniss volunteers to go to the Hunger Games in her sister's place, I got chills. With that one selfless act, Katniss changed from a hard, not incredibly lovable character to someone sympathetic and worth cheering for.
The worldbuilding is fantastic and terrifying. I loved learning about the districts and the Capitol, and getting a peek at the crazy fashions and voyeuristic nature of the elite before we're thrown into the Games, which are terrifying and nightmare-inducing.
While I wanted more from Katniss -- for her to make changes and decisions -- this book was still a winner for me.
This is amazing book, you really can't stop reading it once you've started. I started out buying the first one only not expecting much from it, but i ended up going to the bookstore, buying the second and third and reading them non stop. This is amazing!
I heard about this book series and was told if I read the first chapter and put it down, then it wasn't my type of book.
That seemed like a fair proposal.
Well I couldn't put it down. I started the first book on a Saturday morning, and continued reading the 2nd and 3rd books through the nite and into the wee hours of the morning.
It's just that good.
If you understand (not like or hate) American Idol, reality TV shows, then you'll get Hunger Games.
It's the type of book where you HAVE to know what's going to happen to the characters. You really end up caring about them.
I guess they're making a movie of this. My advice is to read these books so that you have the story the right way, then go watch the movie in a few months or whenever it comes out.
If you're wondering if these books are girly, they're not. The girl is totally kickbutt and the guys in the story aren't doe eyed pale faced wannabe vampires. They hunt, they fight, and they survive by any means necessary. People get shot, eaten, attacked, electrocuted, brainwashed, it's intense!
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.
Far into the future, the North American continent, after being ravaged by war and famine and who knows what else, has become the nation of Panem. Panem consists of a beautiful, modernistic Capitol somewhere in the Rocky Mountains, surrounded by 13 districts, each one poorer and more pathetic than the last.
74 years ago, the districts, tired of the Capitol's oppressive ways, led a short-lived rebellion, but the Capitol's forces defeated them quickly and even annihilated District 13 completely. To punish the remaining 12 districts for their actions during these Dark Days, the Capitol set up an annual event called the Hunger Games, where each district is required to send two teenage tributes - a boy and a girl - to be shut into a massive arena and forced to fight to the death for food and other supplies, with the last one standing being declared the winner and winning their home district bragging rights for a year. Oh and did we mention the whole travesty is televised live to all of Panem?
This year, in District 12, the coal-mining district where everyone is either at or below the poverty line, sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen steps up to compete in the Games in the place of her sister Prim, four years younger. Her fellow tribute is Peeta Mellark, son of a baker, who has had a crush on her for years. (Incidentally, Katniss has her own love interest, named Gale Hawthorne, who often joins her on illegal hunting expeditions beyond the fence encircling the town that comprises all of District 12.) Together with their mentor, the eternally drunk Haymitch Abernathy, and their Capitol representative, Effie Trinket, Katniss and Peeta travel up to the Capitol and enter the Games.
The Games aren't exactly fair, of course. In Districts 1, 2 and 4, the tributes are trained beforehand (Katniss and others call them, derisively, Career Tributes), completely against the rules. The Games planners repeatedly throw in increased dangers, such as deliberate fires and/or tracker jackers (a created species of wasp with hallucinogenic venom and all the ferocity of a pack of rabid pitbulls) just to make more tributes die and thus make the Games more "interesting." And as for Katniss and Peeta, they are especially popular, partly due to the costumes created by their bright young designer, Cinna, and partly because they are pretending to be a couple...which sets them up for, shall we say, special treatment.
This book is one of those that should be on a list of "10 Action Stories You Must Read Before You Die." It is ragingly good and seriously insane. My only problem is the fact that so many guys in the novel have such female-sounding names (Peeta, Gale and Cinna come to mind here).
Can't wait for the movie either...March 23, 2012! The pics of Jen Lawrence as Katniss are amazing, hope the rest of the actors look just as good. And when the heck will they cast Cinna? He's indispensable, but the producers are making no sign of choosing anyone to play him...WHY?!?!?!?
This book O My GoSH!!!! it was absolutely amazing!!! It is a little think but totally worth it!!! Katniss, Peta, Gale, Prim, there all amazing!! I just love the book. If you are into adventerous romance, amazing books. Read Hungeer Games!!!! just its astonishing and made me freaking happy because it was that amazing!!!!!!!
Actually i have so much to say about this amazing novel and the rest of the series that i will have to try very hard to sum up its perfection without giving away too much. Even if you are not a fan of young adult novels, or even if you dont like to read at all, i dont see how you could not get completely engrossed in this story. Katniss Everdeen, the protagonist, is one of the most well developed characters in any book i have ever read. She is so believeable and relateable and when you have finished the book you feel like you actually know this girl and have known her your whole life. Another great thing about this book is that there are so many characters to fall in love with. There are way to many main characters inthis novel to count and each one of them is described so well. Even characters who are only present for a short time are described in such detail that you feel as if you were there to meet them and know them yourself. The way Collins writes is breathtaking and suspenseful and keeps you glued to the book until you have read the last word in the last sentence of the last page. i read the entire series in three days because i could not put them down. My family thought i was crazy. Now, i am obsessive over reading everything i can about the books and the movie that is coming out next year. i cannot explain how much you NEED to read this if you have not.