Series: The Hunger Games #1
Published by Scholastic Inc.
Published: September 14th 2008
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In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. Long ago the districts waged war on the Capitol and were defeated. As part of the surrender terms, each district agreed to send one boy and one girl to appear in an annual televised event called, "The 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 is forced to represent her district in the Games. The terrain, rules, and level of audience participation may change but one thing is constant: kill or be killed.
So I must admit, I really tried to rebel and not read this book like I did with Twilight(and will continue to do), but after the 7th person told me to read it and someone voted for Peeta on the book boyfriend list I created I caved. I bought it on my NOOK for a markdown price and I was thrilled. In my head, I’m thinking why pay full price for a book that I have no interest in. Truth is, I would have paid 100 times what I did for the first one it was that good! I am completely, totally, 100% a fan of The Hunger Games.
I thought the names were going to bother me because they were so unusual, but they didn’t and that’s because the characters were so unusual. It is very rare to find such an amazing heroine like Katniss. She is strong and smart and quick with a rare charm that most don’t notice. She is what little girls should dream about being. She is a survivor and that is in her blood. And then there is Peeta. He wears his heart on his sleeve. Basically says what he feels and what he is thinking. He is the weaker of the two yet when put together these two are unstoppable…well mostly. Obstacle after obstacle finds both of them and they deal with them not like the 16-year-old’s they are, but like adults aged well beyond their years.
I was on the edge of my seat the whole entire time I was reading yet I couldn’t seem to stop. I didn’t want to put it down. As I said at one point, The Hunger Games is the reality show from hell, but definitely worth the price of admission. Everyone needs to read this book and don’t be stubborn like me.