Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don’t live to see the morning? In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual 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 steps forward to take her sister’s place in the Games. 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 will weigh survival against humanity and life against love.
It feels like I’m the last person to read The Hunger Games – everyone else having read it eons ago. It’s not that it hasn’t sounded appealing, it just always happened that other books fell into my hands before I could get to it. I’ve literally had it on my nook for a couple years now, waiting for me. I finally got to it and I’m still trying to piece together my thoughts.
First off, I was “naughty” in that I watched the movie before I read the book. Totally out of the norm for me! So I pretty much knew what to expect from the book before I read it. I was just keen on reading The Hunger Games to glean a few more details that I was sure the movie must have missed (as they always do.) I’m going to try my best to make sure this doesn’t turn into a book vs movie comparison.
I really liked Katniss. I have a penchant for loving strong female main characters – and she is definitely kick ass. I also liked she had her soft side towards her sister, and trying to take care of others. Also a complex relationship with her mother, which I understood better after I read the book.
Peeta. Oh, Peeta. He’s such a sweetheart and selfless, yet he has that same fire in him that Katniss does, it’s just not shown the same way. I’m agonizing for Peeta about how he feels for Katniss; I’m really curious how everything will turn out for them in the end.
I found the Capitol so intriguing. Their different customs, interesting way of dressing and odd ways of talking. Yet entirely believable as how a ruling class could end up in the future. I really loved that Collins didn’t make everyone in the Capitol some evil person. Just like in the Districts there are all sorts of people. We are who we choose to be to some extent, regardless of where we live and what we’re given, although those things can play a part – they don’t have to determine if we’re going to do good or bad. Effie and Cinna are great examples, they aren’t evil at all, just a little high brow because of where they’ve lived.
Cinna is one of my favorite supporting characters of the entire book. He totally has District 12′s interests at heart and does his very best at whatever he’s doing. He’s also very friendly towards Katniss, which I was glad she had somewhat of a friend in the Capitol besides Peeta.
All in all, I’m very glad I read the book. I don’t think it’s my favorite dystopian novel, but it definitely had me riveted and I couldn’t stop turning the pages to see what would happen – even though I pretty much knew from the movie. I loved the myriad of characters and I had to move on to Catching Fire as soon as I finished The Hunger Games.
The Hunger Games
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