Title: The Hunger Games
Series: The Hunger Games (Book 1)
Genre: Middle Grade
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Release Date: July 2010
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.
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!!
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 have more backstory. I did not receive any compensation for this review. I purchased the book myself and watched the movie on TV. All opinions are my own.
I give The Hunger Games movie four out of five stars. It’s worthwhile viewing, but read the book first.