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5* Book Review of The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Summary: 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. Twelve boys and twelve girls are forced to appear in a live event called the Hunger Games. There is only one rule: kill or be killed.

When sixteen-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.

Title: The Hunger Games
Series: The Hunger Games #1
Author: Suzanne Collins
Publisher: Scholastic
Released: First published 2008
Genre: Young Adult Science Fiction Dystopia Romance
Format: eBook
Source: My Google Books Library

This had to be one of the biggest anticipated reads for me so far. I had actually seen the movie before reading the book and enjoyed the movie a lot. I have also seen Catching Fire and haven’t read that book yet, but it was great too, so I can’t wait to read that soon. Everybody has been telling me how fabulous and awesome The Hunger Games is and how different AND I totally agree with that. It was amazing and so very different from anything else I have ever read. The movie for me wasn’t too far off from the book, but they could have put a little more of the intimate scenes into the movie that are in the book.

So of course the majority of you have probably already read The Hunger Games, but this is my opinion anyhow…………

Katniss Everdeen is a sixteen year old that is beyond her years. She has been supplying food for her Mother and Sister since her father died in the mines 5 years ago. Her Mother broke when that happened and hasn’t been able to cope since. Katniss has to be the responsible one and look out for her sister, so decided to take matters in her own hands and hunt for food. Over the years she has teamed up with Gale to hunt in the forest (forbidden, but necessary to survive).

Living in District 12 they are not known for their wealth or for winning The Games. When The Reaping approaches and Prim (Katniss’ sister) is put in the running for becoming the female tribute, Katniss is determined to make sure the odds are more in her favour than Prim’s. But as fate would have it, Prim is chosen. Katniss is shocked and quickly volunteers in her stead. Gale has so many entries that he is sure to be the male tribute, but he is not and Peeta Mellark is the chosen one.

Saying goodbye to her family, Katniss is determined to show a strong front. She doesn’t want the audience or the Capitol to think she is weak. On the outside she appears strong and stand offish, but inside she is trembling like an earthquake.

Heading to the Capitol and beginning their preparation for the Games, Katniss and Peeta have to undergo interviews and training. During his interview Peeta has revealed that he is in love with Katniss and has always been. WT? Katniss has never known about this; is it true or just a ruse for the Games?

In the arena survival mode kicks in. Katniss takes off for the trees and Peeta seems to have formed an alliance. Katniss feels betrayed and is now even more determined to win the Games. Living, surviving and enduring the difficulties the Capitol throw at her, can Katniss survive against the odds? What will happen to Peeta, has he survived? Does he really love her or is just for show? Katniss is so confused. WHO WILL WIN THE GAMES?

This book certainly has every aspect for a box office hit, with romance, drama, action, betrayal, friendships, loyalty and the unexpected. I certainly do love this book and it is a fabulous start to the series. I cannot wait to read Catching Fire and Mockingjay. Totally recommend to those who haven’t had to chance to read it yet.





About the Author

In 1991, Suzanne Collins began her professional career writing for children’s television. She worked on the staffs of several Nickelodeon shows, including the Emmy-nominated hit Clarissa Explains it All and The Mystery Files of Shelby Woo. For preschool viewers, she penned multiple stories for the Emmy-nominated Little Bear and Oswald. She also co-wrote the Rankin/​Bass Christmas special, Santa, Baby! with her friend, Peter Bakalian, which was nominated for a WGA Award in Animation. Most recently she was the Head Writer for Scholastic Entertainment’s Clifford’s Puppy Days,and a freelancer on Wow! Wow! Wubbzy! While working on a Kids WB show called Generation O!she met children’s author and illustrator James Proimos, who talked her into giving children’s books a try.

Thinking one day about Alice in Wonderland, she was struck by how pastoral the setting must seem to kids who, like her own, lived in urban surroundings. In New York City, you’re much more likely to fall down a manhole than a rabbit hole and, if you do, you’re not going to find a tea party. What you might find...? Well, that’s the story of Gregor the Overlander, the first book in her five-part fantasy/​war series, The Underland Chronicles,which became a New York Times bestseller. It has been sold into 21 foreign territories.

Her next series, The Hunger Games Trilogy, is an international bestseller. The Hunger Games has spent more than 260 consecutive weeks/​more than five consecutive years to date on The New York Times bestseller list since publication in September 2008, and has also appeared consistently on USA Today and Publishers Weekly bestseller lists. It has been sold into 56 territories in 51 languages. In 2010 Collins was named to the TIME 100 list as well as the Entertainment Weekly Entertainers of the Year list.

Lionsgate released a film adaptation of THE HUNGER GAMES on March 23, 2012, directed by Gary Ross who also shared screenplay credit with Suzanne and Billy Ray. It broke multiple box office records and went on to become the 14th highest-grossing North American release of all time on its way to generating nearly $700 million at the worldwide box office. Lionsgate will release the second installment THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE worldwide on November 22, 2013 bringing back stars Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Donald Sutherland, Stanley Tucci and Lenny Kravitz along with new cast members Philip Seymour Hoffman, Sam Claflin, Jena Malone and Jeffrey Wright. The film is directed by Francis Lawrence, from a screenplay by Simon Beaufoy and Michael DeBruyn. Lionsgate will release THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY – PART 1 on November 21, 2014 and THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY – PART 2 on November 20, 2015, also directed by Lawrence. All four films are being produced by Nina Jacobson of Color Force and Jon Kilik.

In September 2013, Suzanne released a critically acclaimed autobiographical picture book, YEAR OF THE JUNGLE, illustrated by James Proimos. It deals with the year she was six and her father was deployed to Viet Nam. It has been sold into 12 territories in 11 languages. Her first picture book, WHEN CHARLIE MCBUTTON LOST POWER, about a boy obsessed with computer games, was illustrated by Mike Lester and came out in 2005.

Suzanne currently lives in Connecticut with her family and a pair of feral kittens they adopted from their backyard.

~courtesy of Suzanne Collins' website

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