Publication Date: October 1, 2008
Page Count: 374
Synopsis: 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 Primrose, 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.
Review: It's been two years since I last read this book. It's incredible (and embarrassing) how much I can forget in two years. It was almost like reading this book again for the first time, because most of the time, I would be like, "What? Gale has black hair?" or, "Is that how this tribute died?" Yep. Pretty shameful on my part.
The Hunger Games is the book that opened me up to YA literature. After reading it two years ago, I quickly read another YA novel, and soon enough, I was in love with the genre. It's easy to remember why I loved this book. It's a truly remarkable book.
The world building is brilliant. I can imagine District 12 and the arena in which the tributes compete. I can feel the angst, the sorrow, the fear of the tributes. I can truly grasp the concept. This book keeps readers on the edge of their seats. This book seriously glues itself to your hands. This book is definitely one of a kind.
As mentioned before, I could really feel the emotions of all the characters, except for one. Unfortunately, that one character was the most important one--Katniss Everdeen. I felt like the prose was too dry and emotionless. Don't get me wrong; the writing was good. Katniss herself wasn't. I wanted a deeper connection with her. I wanted to truly feel what she felt. It didn't happen for me.
The first time I read this book, I liked Gale. I had a grudge against Peeta--a really huge, strong grudge. After rereading this book, I can say that I love Peeta. He's sweet and caring. Adorable and charismatic. I liked the romance aspect in this book and how Katniss doesn't even have a clue as to what love can possibly be. Nowadays, girls in YA are willing to die for their true loves. Katniss hasn't even realized that she loves anyone yet--except Prim, of course.
The Hunger Games is breath-taking and thrilling with the pages flipping themselves. I love this book so much. I don't think I can ever get tired of it. I'm so excited for the movie!
P.S. This review counts for Presenting Lenore's Dystopian February!