Saturday, January 29, 2011

Review - The Hunger Games

This is the synopsis from Goodreads:

Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don't live to see the morning?

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 steps forward to take her sister's place in the Games. But Katniss has been close to dead before—and survival, for her, is second nature. Without really meaning to, she becomes a contender. But if she is to win, she will have to start making choices that will weigh survival against humanity and life against love.

My review: 5 stars

Plot: This book has it all. Intensity, plenty of action, and even love Although it is the overused love triangle, it still plays into the plot as a whole and causes the book to hold a reader's attention no matter the reason they enjoy the book.

Characters: I do feel that Katniss comes across as ignorant and stubborn at times, however it is a product of the society she grows up in. Her relationships with all if the characters grow in various ways and they all help her through her journey in one way or another.

Setting: The arena for the Hunger Games that most of the novel is set in is a constantly changing landscape. It's mind-boggling to realize that the gamemakers are the ones changing everything, from the wildlife to the weather. The small changes up the ante of the intensity of this story.

Overall: This book keeps your interest all the way to the end. You fall in love with the characters and even sympathize with them. The only drawback I saw was the frustrating ending! (Since this book is a series, the first book cuts off pretty abruptly.) I am in the process of getting my hands on Catching Fire to continue the series. Definitely a book to try out!

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