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 all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV. Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives alone with her mother and younger sister, regards it as a death sentence when she is forced to represent her district in the Games. But Katniss has been close to dead before-and survival.
This book has swept over the blogging community and I'm sure most of you already have read about it on several blogs, still I have to write a few words about The Hunger Games. Some of you might find the synopsis slightly boring, but I promise you that this book is no way near boring. I must admit that I might never have given this book a change if it weren't for a blog review stating that I would miss out on something if I didn't read this book. Well I couldn't let that happen, could I?
The Hunger Games fitted perfectly as a part of my 2009 Young Adult Challenge, so I decided to give it a chance. I was a bit worried that this book would be horrible, 24 kids killing each other off sounds a bit horrible to me. Maybe especially since I am a mother myself, and every normal parents would want to protect their children from any harm. In this book the parents can only watch their children being chosen to participate in this collective punishment, as to remind everyone of who's in charge of Panem. I pray that reality-tv never ever goes this far!
Suzanne Collins has manged to create a great fictional story that not only contains crulty but is a story about familyties, love, kindness and friendship. What an amazing read this was! The suspense in this book is neverending, a real page turner. The best book I have read so far this year. I'm really looking forward to read book two in this trilogy, Catching Fire, it'll be released in September. Catching Fire can be preordred at Amazon.
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Oh, I nearly forgot but this book is on the planning stage for filmadaption and the release date will be sometime in 2011!
If you have reviewed this book let me know and I'll post a link to your review below.
Want another opinion on this book? Check out these reviews below:
- Booking Mama - Review: The Hunger Games
- NotNessie - Review: The Hunger Games
- Carol(ina) - The Hunger Games
Suzanne Collins lives in Connecticut with her family.
Her career began in 1991 as a writer for children's television shows, she worked on several shows on Nickelodeon.
Collins met an author of children's books which inspired her to write children's books herself. She wrote a series for children called The Underland Chronicles, inspiration for the series she got from the fairytale Alice in Wonderland.
Read more about Suzanne Collins and her books on her homepage.