The Hunger Games Book and Movie Review

Title: The Hunger Games

hunger games book and movie reviewAuthor: Suzanne Collins

Series: The Hunger Games (Book 1)

Genre: Middle Grade

Publisher: Scholastic Press

Release Date: July 2010

Format: Paperback/Kindle

Pages: 384 pages

About the Book:

In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. Long ago the districts waged war on the Capitol and were defeated. As part of the surrender terms, each district agreed to send one boy and one girl to appear in an annual televised event called, “The 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. The terrain, rules, and level of audience participation may change but one thing is constant: kill or be killed.

AmazonMy Review:

Believe it or not, before a few weeks ago, I had never read any of the Hunger Games books or seen any of the movies.  I am big proponent of  the “read it before you watch it” philosophy of moviegoing, so I was determined to read the first book before I saw the first movie.  The only problem was my review schedule was so full that I never got around to doing it.

Finally I decided to cut back on my book reviews so I could have some time to catch up on my bucket list of books.  I’m so glad I did!!

I absolutely loved this book!!  The character of Katniss is so tough, but so unsure of herself at the same time.  The book is written in the first person, which is great because it really helps explain Katniss’ motivations throughout the story.  I loved the premise of the book, The Hunger Games, and how Katniss really thought to play to the audience, instead of just trying to survive.  The love triangle of Katniss, Peetah and Gale looks to shape up to a very interesting story in the second book.

I give The Hunger Games five stars.  A must read!!! (Although I’m sure you already have 😉  It’s a fantastic story for teenagers and adults alike!!

Movie Review:

I was pleasantly surprised by how close the movie was to the book.  Of course a few things were condensed for time and space, but overall the storylines followed very closely.  I don’t think I would have enjoyed the movie as much if I had seen it first, though.  Without the first person narration by Katniss it was hard to understand, sometimes, why she acted in a certain way.  I also would have liked for the movie to hI did not receive any compensation for this review.  I purchased the book myself and watched the movie on TV.  All opinions are my own.ave more backstory.

I give The Hunger Games movie four out of five stars.  It’s worthwhile viewing, but read the book first.


Gates Foundation Annual Letter 2015 – Are You a Global Citizen?

gates foundation annual letterEvery year, for the past fifteen years, Bill and Melinda Gates have released an annual letter, on behalf of their foundation, talking about improvements that can be made globally in health, education and reducing inequity.  In last year’s letter, they talked about many of the ways the world has improved over the past fifteen years.

In this year’s letter, they are making a bet for the next fifteen years: that the lives of people in poor countries will improve faster in the next 15 years than at any other time in history thanks to breakthroughs in health, farming, banking, and education.  At the end of the infographics you will find some tips on how you can help the Gates’ bet come true.

Child Deaths Will Go Down and More Diseases Will Be Wiped Out

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Gates Foundation Annual LetterAre You Ready to Be a Global Citizen?

Do you care about helping those in the world’s poorest places improve their lives?  Then you have what it takes to be a global citizen.

The Gates Foundation is recruiting tens of millions of global citizens.  Here’s the description from their letter:

Becoming a global citizen doesn’t mean you have to dedicate your life to helping the poor. It does mean you follow an issue of global importance—whether it’s one we wrote about in this letter, or another, like human rights or governance. You take a few minutes once in a while to learn about the lives of people who are worse off than you are. (In fact, if you’re still reading this far into our letter, you are probably a global citizen.) You’re willing to act on your compassion, whether it’s raising awareness, volunteering your time, or giving a little money.

If you want to be a global citizen, you can sign up at

You will be able to get updates on how you can help, share what you’re learning, and connect with other people and organizations who care about similar issues.

Are you a global citizen?  What do you think is the biggest issue affecting growth and improvement for all the world’s citizens?