Thursday, July 15, 2010

Book Review - The Hunger Games

I have read many books, but never one quite like, The Hunger Games by, Suzanne Collins!

This young adult novel will take you to a place you have never been, with edge of your seat, hard to put it down consequences. Complete with controversy and gruesome "I can't believe that just happened in a young adult novel" realities.

Our story takes place sometime in the future in what we presently call North America. It's new title, Panem. Our heroin is 16-year-old Katniss Everdeen from District 12.

Panem is divided into 12 Districts. It is controlled by the evil domineering leadership of, the Capitol. For entertainment this fun-loving Capitol host's, The Hunger Games. An annual event in which a boy and girl from each district is selected through a lottery. With 24 young people chosen in all, these kids are forced to contend in "the games" where they fight each other to the death. The last one living is the victor and receives the prize of a life of financial independence and provisions for their district. A place where most of the residence are very familiar with hunger and starvation due to the constricting and supreme control of the Capitol.

This novel is very well written, and it was hard to stop listening to the audiobook. The narrator, Carolyn McCormick was excellent.

Would I recommend this book? Not to young adults. However, if you enjoy suspense, unique and intriguing story-lines, don't mind blood, and can stomach teens being murdered, then this is the book for you. I confess I thought this a great read. Great because of the brilliant writing of the author, great because of it's originality and draw to find out what happens next, but I DID find much of the content very disturbing. Still, I have yet to read a novel as unique as, The Hunger Games.

Disclaimer- I have no financial gain by reviewing this book. I'm just a gal who loves to read and talk about what I read.


  1. Boy, that's the truth. I wouldn't put it in the hands of a YA, but I know tons of them are reading it because of the 27 holds at the library for the sequel! (Yes, there are two more books. Are you going to read them, Christine?)

    I agree with Randy Ingermanson that it's one of the best written books available. It's just incredibly intense.

  2. Oh, forgot to mention it was the first of a trilogy. Thank you Beth. Yes, I will read them. I cannot help it, she is such a brilliant writer. Have you heard anything about then in comparison with the first?

    Also, remember at our critique meeting we were talking of books written in present tense? I cannot remember for sure about the beginning but this one was at least mostly written in present tense. Incredible.

  3. Thanks for stopping by my blog, Christine. It's always nice to touch base with other writers. Have a blessed weekend. (It's almost here, right?)

    A prisoner of hope,

  4. Thank you Megan. I enjoy your blog.