Monday, 27 May 2013

Series Spotlight: The Hunger Games #1


Title: The Hunger Games

Author: Suzanne Collins

Publisher: Scholastic

Publication date: Sep 2008

Format: Paperback | 454 pages

Genre: YA | Dystopian


Winning will make you famous. Losing means certain death.

In a dark vision of the near future, a terrifying reality TV show is taking place. Twelve boys and twelve girls are forced to appear in a live event called the Hunger Games. There is only one rule: kill or be killed.

When sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen steps forward to take her sister's place in the games, she sees it as a death sentence. But Katniss has been close to death before. For her, survival is second nature. 

My thoughts:

What can I say about this book that hasn't been said already? It's fantastic.

I have read this one before but since I haven't gotten to the second book in the series I thought I would do a series spotlight on it. I'm a little glad that I've waited so long to start reading the series again - I feel like I've gotten past the hype of the books coming out and the film enough for me to concentrate on how I feel about the story itself and not how it will live up to my expectations. 

This book though, is honestly one of the brilliant ones that can be put on your shelf forever and only be taken down to be read over and over again. The writing sucks you in straight away with the build up of suspense from the beginning of the book. First it's a build up to the reaping, then to the actual games, and then to the after the games where you realise that was only the introduction the series.

I did feel like I didn't have enough time to get to know most of the characters aside from Katniss and Peeta. Gale, for example, wasn't mentioned that much but I think that will change in the next book. What I did get from the characters though was great. I loved the fight in Katniss and her stubborn desire to make the best of things and keep her family going. Peeta was just a sweetheart…end of. Loved him.

The plot was definitely what stood out most. It really does have the shock factor - you don't know what to expect when you're reading and I still have no idea what to expect from the next two books.  It's also incredibly original. There's no worrying about whether you'll be disappointed with something you've seen over and over in a YA book. 


Overall this is definitely one of my favourite books and I seriously can't wait to find out what happens next. Plus, if you haven't seen the film already, go see it.


My rating: 10/10



Suzanne Collins:

Goodreads | Website 


The Hunger Games:

  1. The Hunger Games
  2. Catching Fire
  3. Mockingjay


The Readdicts said...

Like you mentioned, Suzzane Collins' writing truly sucks you in! I loved The Hunger Games series and I'm glad you love this one too. Well, I'm not going to spoil anything for you, but be prepared for some major action. Peeta really is a sweetheart and Katniss is kickass! Gale... Hmmm, he's a good bloke. Awesome review! Enjoy the rest of the series! And yes, loved the movie!

Sarika @ The Readdicts

Bookworm1858 said...

Glad you're having the chance to consider this book on its own, aside from the hype and the movie. It's one of my favorite series and a big reason for my love of YA!