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Tuesday, August 10, 2010

"The Hunger Games" (Book#1)

by Suzanne Collins, 2008, 374p, rating=4.5

I wanted to see what lead up to all this hype for the around-the-corner release of Mockingjay (book #3) so I got my hands on this book, The Hunger Games, the first book of the series.  I was pleasantly impressed!  The title is clever ... silly me, I initially thought it was the hunTer games.  Anyway, it was an easy and smooth read. 

Certain TV shows ("Survivor", the Olympic Games, "Miss America" pageants, soap operas) and movies ("The Truman Show" and "Gladiator") came to mind while reading this book.  Crazy mix but it actually worked.  It had crude adventures, pageantry, and drama.  Throw in a contemptible government, dystopia, bows and arrows, food, and you got yourself a seducing book!  Quite a cliffhanger in the end, henceforth, I'm looking forward to more character developments ahead in the next books.

This annual Hunger Games is televised for all of the nation of Panem (once known as North America) to see.  An event that the Capitol (government) holds annually to keep the twelve districts (states) in line.  What better way than to select children, a boy and girl from each district, to fight to the death.  Absolutely barbaric!!  That's why Katniss volunteered to take over her sister's spot as one of the tributes (players).  "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 weigh survival against humanity and life against love." (book's synopsis).

My quote-ables:
"My best hope is to not disgrace myself and ... I want to die as myself ...I don't want them to change me in there.  Turn me into some kind of monster that I'm not."  Peeta, pg 141.


  1. Now you're hooked!!! I actually am jealous, you can get to the second book and the third book without waiting!!!!

  2. I plan on reading this book this week before the new book comes out.I hope its as good as everyone says it is.

  3. I'm glad you got on the Hunger Game train! They are great books!

  4. I'm glad you liked this book! Your review was great! When I reviewed it, it took me ages, because I loved it so much, and I didn't know how to review it in all it's glory.

    OMG - those are the shows/books that came to mind too. You can't say much about its originality, but it IS a great mix. Have you read book 2 yet? I can't wait...

    And Peeta is adorable. He was so sweet,a dn he was the only one who didn't actually kill anyone with his own hands. Or at least, i don't think so. Did he kill that girl in the beginning?

    Thanks for the review (I loved it~!)and happy reading!
    ●▬▬▬๑۩Tina @ Book Couture۩๑▬▬▬▬●


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