You’re probably thinking, how had she not read this before?! Believe me, I’ve been wondering the same thing. It is so strange. But I will say my mother had expressed disapproval about reading it because she disliked the whole concept about kids killing each other.
Until now, where I realised I couldn’t miss out on such a fantastic trilogy any longer. And trust me, I’m glad I decided to take this book out from the library. If you haven’t read this yet, you really, really should.
However, I do know quite a few readers who haven’t worked their way through this trilogy yet, either, so at least I’m not too bad 😀
Winning will make you famous.
Losing means certain death.
The nation of Panem, formed from a post-apocalyptic North America, is a country that consists of a wealthy Capitol region surrounded by 12 poorer districts. Early in its history, a rebellion led by a 13th district against the Capitol resulted in its destruction and the creation of an annual televised event known as the Hunger Games. In punishment, and as a reminder of the power and grace of the Capitol, each district must yield one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 through a lottery system to participate in the games. The ‘tributes’ are chosen during the annual Reaping and are forced to fight to the death, leaving only one survivor to claim victory.
When 16-year-old Katniss’s young sister, Prim, is selected as District 12’s female representative, Katniss volunteers to take her place. She and her male counterpart Peeta, are pitted against bigger, stronger representatives, some of whom have trained for this their whole lives. , she sees it as a death sentence. But Katniss has been close to death before. For her, survival is second nature.
Here I am, 11 years late to one of the best books I’ve ever read in my life. *face palm*
I read this book in three (or was it two?) days. See the reading update.
This book drew me in from page one and held me in an iron grip all the way to the end. At first all I did was admire the writing, as Katniss introduced the woods, but then I got so hooked into the plot it was all I could do not to skim read and find out what happens next.
You know how you’re reading a book and its the last page of the chapter and something great is about to be revealed and your eyes slide down to the last word, the ultimate plot twist? Yeah, I had to cover my hand over the page and move down line by line to avoid that 😂
If you do want to read this book for the first time, I suggest picking it up at a time where you’re not so pressed for time, because it will devour every free hour and every hour that isn’t. And if it doesn’t do that, it will occupy a good portion of your brain until then. Even after reading it, it leaves you thinking about it long after you put it down.
I fell in love with Katniss, I love love love her. Hurray for kick-ass female characters! You just gotta love them. She’s brave, strong, beautiful, and totally flawed. Also Peeta… I really liked the spelling of his name. For some reason I can’t imagine it being Peter. So weird. And the rest of the unforgettable characters…
It’s such an extraordinarily thrilling read. The plot keeps you guessing at the end of every page and chapter, and I wouldn’t call the ending a cliffhanger, but I would say that I jumped to get the second book the minute I had put the first one down.
The writing isn’t too advanced to be complicated where you’re stunned by unknown words every page or so, but it isn’t too basic that you’re beginning to bore of it. It’s easy to follow along, flows lovely, and there are some amazing words in there where, as a writer, I just read again and again 😀
I wouldn’t recommend anyone with heart problems reading this, cos mine was hammering and hammering. There are moments where I’m like, wait what?! And go back and re-read again and again.
The beginning is beautiful. The middle is beautiful. The end is beautiful. The book is beautiful.
Do yourself a favour and read this if you haven’t already.