“Get up! Get up!” I rise, but he’s still pushing at me. What? What is going on? He shoves me away from him hard. “Run!” he screams. “Run!”
The Hunger Games happen every year.
One boy and one girl are chosen from each of the 12 districts of what once was America. For a few weeks they’re treated like celebrities. And then they’re sent to the Arena.
To kill each other.
That’s what the Hunger Games are about. Every year the Capitol shows its people they don’t own themselves, they have no control, they are nothing. Every year it underlines this fact by making their kids kill each other — for amusement. They video everything. Then the whole thing is screened as a TV show, so no one can miss watching these kids die.
But this year’s show will be different from the others.
Because this year, Katniss Everdeen has been chosen. And with her Peeta Mellark. They can change things.
If they can survive.
“Only…I want to die as myself. Does that make any sense?” he asks. I shake my head. How could he die as anyone but himself? “I don’t want them to change me in there. Turn me into some kind of monster that I’m not… I keep wishing I could think of a way to…to show the Capitol they don’t own me. That I’m more than just a piece in their Games,” says Peeta.
“But you’re not,” I say. “None of us are. That’s how the Games work.”
In My Opinion…
Author: Suzanne Collins
Genre: Young Adult Science Fiction
My Rating: 5 Stars
A gripping, thrilling, shocking read.
I’d heard about the Hunger Games, but still picked up the book slightly skeptical. Written in Present-Tense. First-Person. A dystopian, future-world perspective. Government with total control. Right, I thought, this is going to be strange.
But it was great.
I loved it from beginning to end, from the great start to the breathtaking finish. I finished it in two days (I had to!) and then looked frantically for the second. It’s hard to put down, and impossible to forget. Even after the final page, you think about it for days.
The prose is flowing and easy to read. The characters are reality at its finest — though with so many twists to their personalities you will never fully figure them out, not even at the end. Every concept in the novel is amazing. The detail is sparse but vivid. The action is never ending (each chapter ending with words that make you keep going) and there’s not chance for a break. The characters change, the emotion is rich and the plot twists countless times. There’s even a dash of sardonic humour from Haymitch and Peeta.
It’s a book well worth the read.
“The story kept me up for several nights in a row, because even after I was finished, I just lay in bed wide awake thinking about it… the Hunger Games is amazing.” ~ Stephanie Meyer
“Constant suspense…I couldn’t stop reading.” ~ Stephan King