the hunger games cover

Hello, book lovers.

This post is a review of a book called The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.

Yeah, what can I say about this book? I absolutely love it. There’s a lot to talk about with this one, but I’ll try to summarise. It has a great movie adaptation, the characters, especially the main protagonist Katniss Everdeen, are strong and well-rounded, heroic characters, much like the kind I like to write in my own stories and novels, and the world Suzanne Collins has created is gripping and compelling.

I first read this book when it was published a few years ago. Then, I loved taking weekly trips to the local library and coming home with about four or five books at a time, reading them and bringing them back and then taking out more books each time I went. I’m pretty sure this library obsession is what sparked my current situation of the 68 books that now sit on the shelf above my head. And I have a job interview at a book shop tomorrow, which I’m really hoping to be successful with considering that a book shop would just be my perfect working environment. I can talk about books for hours, so I think I would be good at talking to customers about them.

Anyway, this was one of those books that I found at that library when I was fifteen and I have remembered it very clearly ever since. You know those books that still stand out to you, even after years, or when you’ve read countless books since? Yeah, so I read them again and again. And when my Dad bought this trilogy set home for me as a surprise one day after work, I literally got up off the couch and and gave him the biggest hug he had ever received from me. He was pretty happy with that, too. The Hunger Games is well written, the dialogue tells the context of the story well without giving too much away at the very beginning. The nightmare that Katniss’s younger sister Primrose (Prim) has on the very first page gives you a good inkling that something is very wrong about the world they live in, or at least tells you that this is definitely a Dystopian fiction novel you are reading. Katniss is very strong, which is something most people like to see in the protagonist of a novel of this kind. We often want to read to escape, to experience characters that can do things we might feel we cannot do ourselves, and Katniss Everdeen is a very good example of this.

From the beginning there is a love triangle between Katniss and one of her childhood friends, Gale. In the first chapter, Katniss goes off to hunt food for the day of the reaping, which is the day that one of the children from their district and the eleven other districts are going to be selected for The Hunger Games, a brutal fight to the death that everyone else will be able to see. He joins her and they eat together out in the woods, discussing what is going to be happen that day. There has always been a romance between them, Gale certainly feels something for Katniss, but she claims to feel something for him as more like a family member, a brother, perhaps?

And then when she volunteers for her younger sister Prim, who has her name selected the very first year she has entered, she meets Peeta Mellark, the boy who saved her from starvation all of those years ago, and as the trip continues into the arena where they are supposed to fight to the death, she discovers that he has felt something for her all along.

Genuinely, I really liked this book. I read it several times. And then I went to watch the movie with my little sister, on my birthday, because it had come out only three days before, and I absolutely loved it. Many people said they didn’t think the movie adaptation did the justice but I thought it was done well. The characters were casted well, because each character seemed to have a similarity to what I had pictured them looking like in my head while reading the book. So, I would say I recommend the film just as much as I recommend the book. (But obviously, the book is better.)

Read the book first, if you want my opinion on this one. I would definitely recommend them both, though. But it is better to see what the characters and the world look like in your own head before seeing what someone else thought they looked like.

Happy reading!