Friday, 17 July 2015

Book Review | The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

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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. 

Format - Kindle
Pages - 374

Review
Maybe I'm a little late to the party on this one. It's been out for a while, and all the hype has been built up. The movies are out, and I'm only just now getting to reading the series. 
My initial thoughts on this book, is that after watching the prettt average movie, I'm glad I didn't give up on the story as a whole, because the book is a much better version of the story.
I like that it goes into a lot more depth, as books always tend to do, and there were some parts that were really good, and put a lot of emotion into the story.
One thing that doesn't appeal to me about this book, is the love triangle. It's been done a lot, but that isn't really, what's bugging me. It's more the way it makes Katniss look. I think she'd be a much more likeable character, if you took the love triangle out of the equation.
As far as the balance of the book goes, I think the division of time between outside the arena and inside, worked a lot better in the book than the movie. It brought enough to make me want to keep turning the pages, and I was pulled into the story and the world.
This wasn't a perfect book, but it was good and I mostly enjoyed it. For me it loses points for the love triangle, but for the rest of it, I pretty much liked everything.

Rating
6.5/10


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