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Thursday, 28 April 2011

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

On the Back of the Book

Winning will make you famous.
Losing means certain death.

In a dark vision of the near future, a terrifying reality TV show is taking place. 12 boys and 12 girls are forced to appear in a live event called the Hunger Games. There's only one rule: kill or be killed.

When 16 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.

My Thoughts

I'm going to be honest, I found the book really easy to read but in a way I was forced through it against my will. I lost hours at a time but I didn't actually enjoy what was on the pages and I can't tell you anything about the writing style because I just can't remember.

I didn't find Katniss very likeable and I spent the majority of the book only tolerating her. I respect what she did for her sister but other than that, everything she did was a part of the games. Everything she did was to get her back to her sister, in a way that makes her selfish because she isn't thinking of anyone but herself.

I have to be admit, I don't have the slightest idea what to think of this one. It grabbed my attention - in a bad way. I remember the story - in a bad way. That's just it, everything about this book rubbed me the wrong way.

My Rating

In the end I gave it 3 stars. It doesn't deserve any less, it grabs you and it won't let go. It has it's good points, Peeta is a lovely boy. Although for me the bad outweighs the good, I am part of a minority and practically everyone else who reads it adores it but if I put that I thought it was the best thing since sliced bread I'd be lying and that would contradict my reasons for starting my blog.

A Final Note

One last thing: this book has some very violent scenes that gave me nightmares for a week. If you're sensitive to things like that then step away from the Hunger Games. Seriously read some Enid Blyton with me. There's nothing scary about her books.

  • Book summary from Goodreads

1 comment:

The Librarian said...

Katniss had to be selfish. You can't really be thinking about others while you're fighting to survive. Also she tried to help Rue and in the end she and Peeta escape. Maybe in the beginning you could say she was "selfish". I don't really see it tho..


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