Title: The Hunger Games
Author: Suzanne Collins
Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don’t live to see the morning?
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 will weigh survival against humanity and life against love.
I finally get to say that I have read and loved this book!
I broke my own rule. Never watch a movie if you haven’t read the book. But somehow i just found myself sitting in the cinema watching The Hunger Games and loving every second of it. Then obviously when i went to buy the books, the bookstores were out of stock because the hype was in the air.
I don’t know why i waited this long to read it. Really have no idea and no excuse. But now that i have read it, i can say that the book has grabbed me, shook me and left me speechless. I’m going to be thinking about it for sometime now before i either start Catching Fire which is very much in my midst or any other book for that matter.
Katniss Everdeen is that strong character that everyone secretly wants to be. I’m not talking about being thrown into a ‘game’ where there can only be one victor and to survive one has to kill. I’m talking about the hunting rabbits, eating squirrels, bow and arrow girl. The Girl on Fire. Someone who very well who leaves a lasting impression on someone. Who willingly volunteers to take part in the games so that her younger sister doesn’t have to go through with it.
While i was reading the book, the movie was playing in my head alongside. And as much as i would have loved the element of surprise to be there in my case, i just had to live with. But that didn’t make the book any less remarkable than it was.
Peeta Mellark. In my opinion we didn’t see much of his character. Other than the fact that he love Katniss – cares deeply for her – is of a kind-heart and quite self-sacrificing. But there were times when i had to think, are you good at anything? And then i’d laugh because Peeta portrayed a bit of all of us. I guess, i would be just as useless. 😛
I can proudly say that after reading some amazing dystopian novels that i have fallen in love with the genre.
Suzanne Collins weaved this incredible tale of love for one’s family, sacrifice, powerlessness, friendship and betrayal. I am still amazed at how this fantastic story was born.