Minor spoilers ahead.
I know this one’s been out for a while, and my copy is extremely well-worn from the number of times I’ve read it, but I chose The Hunger Games for my H review because I figured it’d be easy to write about.
Title: The Hunger Games
Author: Suzanne Collins
Genres: Young Adult, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure
Buy from: Amazon
Blurb: Set 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 younger 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.
If I’d come across this book on my own, I probably wouldn’t have picked it up, but the title was intriguing and the premise sounded a lot different from the other YA novels I’d seen at the time, so this was an easy 4 stars.
I loved that The Hunger Games is told from Katniss’ POV and that it’s in the present tense. Personally, it makes the whole thing more interesting because you get to experience everything as Katniss does, and go through everything with her, which I don’t think would’ve happened if the perspective had been different or the tense.
I think it was Katniss’ sass which made me like her so much. She doesn’t sugar-coat things, or pretend her situation is any different from what it is.
Peeta didn’t really interest me until the Games got underway and Katniss learned what he’d been up to since the beginning, and I really felt sorry for him when he finds out that Katniss only thought he was working an angle to get supporters.
Right from the first page I was invested in Katniss’ story, though my favourite moment is when Katniss and Peeta are about to take the berries. It happens just after the Mutts attack and Katniss had run away before remembering she needed to help Peeta, so although her motives might have been a tiny bit selfish here (because if she let him die nobody in District 12 would talk to her again) it was a redeeming moment, because she stood up to the Capitol and defied them in the middle of their carefully constructed Games.
A bit of a cliff-hanger because Katniss has just told Peeta that she’d been pretending to be in love with him, and he’s already starting to pull away.
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I have not been paid to review these books.