The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins


Format: Paperback




In a dark vision of the near future, twelve boys and twelve girls are forced to appear in a live TV show 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.

This is actually the second time that I have read this but I wasn’t blogging when I first read it.

I first read it as Becky wanted me to go see the film with her and so I read it and loved it.

And I’m glad to say that I still love it.

I don’t think I was a gripped by it as I was the first time but that is because I have already read it and I was slightly distracted by uni work and such like.

We follow Katniss all the way through the book. How on the morning of the reaping she goes hunting with Gale and she tells her sister, Prim that she has nothing to worry about, her name is only in there once.

But, of course, because Katniss told her sister that there’s no way she would be picked she is selected to go and be the girl tribute for District 12. Katniss immediately volunteers to go in her place, which hasn’t happened in District 12 for a long time, if ever.

Peeta is then selected as the boy tribute and we go with them as they journey to the Capitol, meet their drunken mentor, Haymitch, and have to put up with Effie Trinket’s, District 12’s representative, little nuisances.

Katniss and Peeta din’t really know each other very well but they have a little shared history. And they become friends as they train for the games and receive a little mentoring from Haymitch.

Just before they enter the arena for the games Peeta declares his love for Katniss on live TV.

During the games Katniss ends up teaming up with a small girl named Rue who reminds Katniss of her little sister Prim.

There is, obviously, more to the plot of the book but I wouldn’t want to ruin it for anyone who hasn’t read it although I have said quite a few things already.

The idea of having an annual event in which teenagers have to kill others to survive is a little disturbing but it is definitely an original storyline.

The plot is amazing, thinking up the arena and the way in which the Gamemakers can completely control what’s happening.

I also think it’s interesting how different the Districts are and how the Capitol gets a free pass from having to be a part of the games but if you’ve grown up having to live in the Districts you don’t know any different.

I also loved all the characters. Katniss is a fierce and independent girl who we can all aspire to be like. She has strength that she has had to gain from the death of her father but she is also shy and doesn’t know how to act sometimes.

Prim is innocent and heartbreaking when she says goodbye to Katniss before she is taken to the Capitol.

Gale is the one that Katniss can let her guard down with. He has been there for her and she knows that he will look after her mother and sister while she isn’t there.

Peeta is a surprise as you don’t think there’s much of him to begin with but as things progress his personality is revealed to be more than you initially think.

Cinna, Katniss’s stylist, is the first person we meet in the Capitol that seems the most normal. And he just has this aura about him that makes him instantly likeable and he helps Katniss when she is struggling even though he is only her stylist.

There are other characters that are in the book but these are the people that make the most difference.

The variety of characters in the book are brilliant and, coupled with the plot of the book, make an excellent story.

I liked reading about the struggles Katniss goes through and how her and Rue team together. Even though I had already read this book, parts of it still made me cry and others made me smile. Just like it was the first time I was reading it.

I think this is a great book which I will keep on returning to.

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