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Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Lala's Book Corner: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

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"In a future North America, where the rulers of Panem maintain control through an annual televised survival competition pitting young people from each of the twelve districts against one another, sixteen-year-old Katniss's skills are put to the test when she voluntarily takes her younger sister's place."

From GoodReads.



Publisher: Scholastic
Release Date: September 13th, 2008
My Copy: I bought a Hardcover Copy on Amazon.
Buy this book on Amazon or Barnes & Noble!

I had heard so much about this book that I just had to get it. I bought this one and the second one in the trilogy, Catching Fire, at the same time and read them both is a little more than a day =)

The Hunger Games gives us a look in a possible future of the society and world we live in today. We follow Katniss about a century after environmental catastrophes have changed the face of North America and the former United States is now Panem, a nation divided into 12 districts and a Capitol. 

Katniss lives in district 12 and has been taking care of her mother and little sister since her father died years ago. Living in poverty, Katniss relies on unconventional methods to feed her family with the the help of her best friend Gale.

74 years before the Districts rebelled against The Capitol and lost. As a lesson to its citizens The Capitol holds The Hunger Games every year. The Hunger Games are a reality show where 2 children of each district enter an arena and the last one left alive will be set for life. Yes, you read that right, the last one left alive! They have to kill each other! 

I have to say I was pleasantly surprise by how amazing this book is. Suzanne has created such a believable world and characters that is just so easy to get lost in their lives. It is shocking and disturbing to realize how credible is this tragic future created by her. How easy it is to believe that our utter disregard for the Earth can lead us to such a life and our society's love for reality TV and obsession  with perfection can lead us to a society as such described in The Capitol, where people look like freaks by over using plastic surgery.

I fell completely in love with Katniss. She is such a great heroine and you can't help but root for her every step of the way. Her love and devotion for her sister is heart breaking and seeing her putting herself on the line so that her little sister doesn't have to go the brutal Games is an inspiration.

I was utterly disturbed by this future world. The idea that watching kids killing each other is entertainment disgusted me. This book brought me to tears so many times. It is impossible to read it and not commit yourself to it completely! 

There is also romance in this book and what every fan of this series is going to ask is which Team are on? Team Peeta or Team Gale?

The Hunger Games is a must read for any YA lover out there. Its fun, emotional, entertaining, politically engaged, disturbing, action packed, it has got it all. I did not put down this book for a second! If you haven't read The Hunger Games, what are you waiting for?





Last week the cover and name for the final Installment in this amazing trilogy was revealed!



I'll post the blurb to Mockingjay on my review of Book 2, soon! =)





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19 Responses so far.

  1. So glad you read them! I'm in love with this series, absolutely amazing!!!

  2. Larissa says:

    @Sherry

    OMG I am too!!! so amazing!!! argh! August is so far away LOL =)))

    xoxo

  3. I had no idea they had a cover and title for the third book. August is just too far away. This is by far my favorite YA series, probably ever. So, whose team are you on??

  4. Larissa says:

    @Fallon Blake

    I know! Its mine too!! Im dying for it already LOL

    Im Team Peeta!!! =)))

  5. Kirthi says:

    I'm Team Peeta too! I have a poll over at my blog to see who's on which team :D
    So glad you liked it, I really really really really really really can't wait to read Mockingjay!

  6. I lovelovelove this trilogy. Already preordered the 3rd. Haha! Can't wait to see your thoughts on the 2nd. It isn't as intense as #1 but it is hella good.

    My review of the others:
    http://rexrobotreviews.blogspot.com/search/label/Suzanne%20Collins

  7. I read it last year, but haven't read the sequel yet. I am Team Peeta for sure, and I too loved Katniss. It was an awesome book. I need to get the next one!

  8. Larissa says:

    @Kirthi

    I voted on your poll!!! =))))

    I cant wait for it either!

    @Rex

    I'll review bk 2 soon =)

    Im checking ur review now hehe!! =)))


    @Moonsanity

    OMG you need to get Book 2, like yday LMAO

    Amazing books 4 sure =)

    xxoo

  9. hcmurdoch says:

    Another Suzanne Collins convert! I was totally sucked in by Hunger Games as well and am now half way through Catching Fire and enjoying it just as much.

  10. So, you realized it is up to all the hype huh????

    Can't wait for august, and now I have my step mom and all her friends hooked too, which cracks me up.

    I'm a Team Gale type of person.

  11. I am glad you finally got to these books. I just loved them, surprisingly. I was not going to read them because of the idea of kids having to kill each other. But, Collins handled that issue very well. I have to say the killing was not the prominent issue in the book and thank goodness Katniss didn't really "kill."

    As for who's team I am on. I am not sure. I personally like Gale. But I think Katniss is a different person from who she was with Gale and who she becomes with Peeta when they come back from the games. The two different people blend to be one.

  12. Larissa says:

    @hcmurdoch

    hehe definitely!


    OMG the cliff hanger at the end of bk 2 is a doozy LOL

    @Parajunkee

    thats hilarious, the whole fam is into it hehe =)))

    I love Gale, but Peeta is my man LOL

    @Melissa

    I totally agree with you!!!

    Katniss is not the same at all and I think she fits better with Peeta now. =)))

  13. Tricia says:

    I can't wait for August love this series and while I'm rooting for Peeta I like Gale too!

  14. Larissa says:

    @Tricia

    I cant wait for it either!!! =)

  15. Sarah says:

    I still haven't read this series - I must get round to buying them!!

    Oooh - must tell you I received all 4 Demonica books today :o) I can't wait to read them!!!!

  16. I so need to read this book! I just need more time in the day to get more reading done. Great review!

  17. Veronica says:

    I am so getting this book now. Thanks for another amazing review! Going to try to get a copy of this soon.

    V

  18. Larissa says:

    @Sarah

    this series is such a must read!

    OMG Demonica!!!!! I hope you love them! cant wait for the reviews =))

    @Donna

    I totally understand that hehe

    I cant wait to see what you think! =)

    @Veronica

    Thank luv! I hope you really love it! amazing series!

    =)))

    xoxo

  19. Lindsey says:

    Love love love this series! Glad you enjoyed it to!

    Lindsey - The Book Guru

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