Monday, December 21, 2009

The Hunger Games

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 to send one boy and 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 is forced to represent her district in the Games. But Katniss has been close to death before--and survival.

The Hunger Games is the story of Katniss Everdeen, who is smart, athletic, and fast. She can take down a rabbit with a bow and arrow, hitting it straight through the eyes. Will these skills be enough to survive the Hunger Games?

The lovely, Daisy Whitney, convinced me that I MUST read The Hunger Games. And, boy was she right! It, definitely, is a MUST read! No. Not even a MUST read will suffice.

Yeah, that might do.

Now, I know I've expressed my love for Beautiful Creatures, and I still LOVE that book. But, I think The Hunger Games might have just knocked Beautiful Creatures out of it's number one place (in my heart) (and of books I've read in the last few months) (because I'm not sure anything will ever erase the LOVE I have to Twilight, as silly as it may be).

To say I love this book would be an understatement. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, this book. I think, I might even want to marry this book. (Some of you probably think I'm exaggerating, but believe me when I say: This book is awesome!)

Daisy's mentioning of The Hunger Games wasn't the first time I've heard about this book. Actually, I had read many reviews about this very book, all of which were glowing, yet, I still wasn't convinced this book would be (I'll go ahead and say it, even though it's a cliche) my cup of tea. I mean, watching teens fight to the death doesn't sound very appealing, too me. And I actually laughed at the possibility of this book containing any romance. Ha! Romance? In that book? Ha, ha! Yeah, right! (I was so wrong.)

However, when Daisy told me she loved it and that I had to get it (that very second!), I decided to take a chance. So, I went against my gut instinct, and bought it. And, now, after reading it, I think that might be the best $20 I've ever spent. Ever!

In my opinion the synopsis doesn't do this wonderful book justice. Because the truth is there's so much more to this story than the Hunger Games. The reader gets to experience a new day and age, and a very different world--Panem, which is future America--through Katniss's eyes. We get to witness the transformation of this young girl as she struggles to find herself and a way to preserve her humanity, while being forcefully submersed in the horror that is the Hunger Games. More than anything, though, we get to see what love is (my favorite thing in the world) and the sacrifices you make to save the treasure that is love.

Katniss sacrifices a lot, and I mean A LOT, for love: the love she has for her family, her fellow Tributes, and even a secret love she isn't so sure of. Katniss is even willing to sacrifice herself, her life, for love, but in the end she finds love is the key to set her free. Sounds so romantic, right? Well, it is! (Just talking about it makes me want to read it all over again.)

I don't want to give too much away here, but if you like love stories, with some action thrown in, I believe you will love this story.

Suzanne Collins is successful in weaving a beautifully mastered story, which is fuelled by equal parts of action, suspense, and, of course, (what no book would be complete without) love. (sighs)

So, I DEMAND you go pick up your copy of The Hunger Games right NOW, NOW, NOW!

I find that I can't, possibly, put a rating on this book.
It's just too GOOD for ratings!
So just buy it! NOW!
Thanks Daisy, for such a great recommendation!


  1. Ahhhhh, I want to read this book now!!! I've had it for a while, but I've been saving it to give to my daughter for Christmas. But I'm so anxious to read it...only a few more days *sits on hands*

  2. I too have heard amazing things about the Hunger Games series. Are you going to read the other books now? I'm thinking I need to bump them up to the top of my queue (which actually means they won't get read until I finish the 1.5 books ahead of them).

  3. Carolina - oh, go ahead and read it! I promise she will never know the difference. LOL. I finished this book in a little over a day. It was so good! : )

    I hope you love it as much as I did!

  4. Kristan - Yes, bump them up. The first one was fabulous and I've heard that the second one is even better, if that's even possible.

    I'm going to go buy the sequel "Catching Fire" this week. Because I know I will not be able to concentrate on any other books I'm reading until I finish the the sequel. Then, the third one comes out sometime in the spring or summer! YAY!

    I can't wait to hear what you think! : )

  5. Suzanne Collins is an amazing writer. Positively amazing.

  6. Yes, these books are incredible. I, too, was very skeptical...but my sister-in-law INSISTED I read them. Even walked Catching Fire over to my house before I was done with the first one becaus she knew I would want to just keep on reading. And honestly, you'll love Catching Fire even more. You ask, Is this possible? Yes. Yes it really is! I read that

  7. Bethany - Yes. Yes, she is! Absolutely amazing!

    Kristin - I got Catching Fire Last night and started it. I only got finished with the first chapter, but I'm already hooked. : )

    I can't wait to get to the love triangle stuff (my favorite part of any book). : )

  8. I LOVED The Hunger Games. I thought it was such an incredibly creative gladiator-esque (yes, that's a word) twist on the stupid reality competition shows I watch on TV. It was highly entertaining and really, really, really well done. I have not read Beautiful Creatures yet, but it's on my list! Thanks for the review!

  9. Lisa and Laura - That's exactly what I was thinking--a mixture of Gladiator and Survivor. I love it!

    And you have to read Beautiful Creatures. It's a fantastic book also!

  10. Left a little something for you on my blog! Check it out!

  11. Carolina -

    Words cannot express my gratitude for the award you gave to me. Being relatively new to blogging and the entire blogging universe, I suddenly feel so blessed to have had the chance to meet so many wonderful people. And they will probably never truly know how much they all inspire me, everyday.

    You're incredibly sweet and I love reading your posts. Also, thanks for all the links. I will definitely check them all out!

    PS - I never win anything. Ever. I feel so special!

    Thank you so much!