Thursday, November 17, 2011

Review #89: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Greetings my friends! A hearty, happy, almost weekend to all! Hope y'all like this review :)

The Hunger Games is the best-selling first book in the best-selling Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins. The real synopsis of the book says it all so here it is:

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 weigh survival against humanity and life against love.

This is actually a re-read for it, and man, I'm so glad I put it on this list. Re-reading the Hunger Games reminded me of how much I loved it, and the series for that matter. This book has the makings of classic literature. The pacing is excellent, slow or fast when necessary. The story itself is wonderful, and the characters make this book. Plus its themes are universal and timeless. You literally become addicted to this story, cheering on your favorite characters, especially the lead, Katniss. You feel such a rush, especially during the Games themselves. Whew, it's scary to think that this is where our country went in this world.

Katniss is so effing bad-ass. Do not give her a bow and arrow, because she is deadly with that shiz. You really become attached to her as a character, and as a person. She has a rough exterior, but underneath she's a girl just trying to survive, willing to do anything for those she loves. You cheer her on and go through what she goes through, feel what she feels. Of course, can't talk about HG without talking about Gale and Peeta. Gale shall go first. We don't see much of Gale, but you feel his presence throughout the novel. And the bit you do see of him, you can't help but be drawn in. I especially loved the relationship he and Katniss had. You could tell how close they were. Katniss kept referring back to memories of Gale, and you want the closeness they have. Plus it doesn't hurt that he's quite sexy ;). Now onto Peeta. Peeta gets more time in this novel, so he gets more development. You get close to him as well. He's so sweet and genuine, yet he knows how to turn on the charm and make people believe anything he says. You really fall for him, because he is such a wonderful guy, and you feel so much for him, what he and Katniss do during the Games, and how their relationship grows and changes. But hands down, my favorite character is Cinna. Man oh man I love him. I adore his realness, his affection for Katniss, and what he can do with fashion. Out of all the characters from the Capitol, he is the most realistic. Other characters such as Rue, Haymitch and Effie are well written and lovely.

Damn, can Suzanne Collins write. I mean holy shite, she knows how to craft a genius book. Her world building is pure loveliness, and her writing is talent at its best. She is for sure one of my all time favorite authors.

A little bit about the upcoming movie: I saw the first legitimate trailer a few days ago, and it looks amazing. I have absolute faith in the film-makers as well as the cast. I can NOT wait until March '12.

I'll next be reviewing Crossed by Ally Condie.

Until next time, viva la literature!

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