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Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins

October 19, 2009

13. Read 101 books (22/101) (more info)

Rating ****1/2

(Same review as posted at

Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins was the first book picked for a book club a friend and I started, Books that Bite. After reading the back of the book, I was intrigued and probably would have put it on my to-read list if it hadn’t been picked. However, I had no idea I would it love it this much!

In the future what we know as North America has been devastated by natural disasters and war. This leaves the Capitol to rule over the remaining 12 districts. As a reminder of the Capitol’s power every year they host the Hunger Games. The twelve districts hold a lottery of all boys and girls ages 12-18. One girl and one boy is chosen from each district to compete to the death for entertainment.

We meet Katniss who at the age of 16 is the head of her household. She spends her time hunting and gathering illegally in order to provide for her littler sister and grief-stricken mother. Her worst fears come to life as she hears her little sister’s name called for the Hunger Games. After throwing her self forward and volunteering to take her place, things get worse. A boy who helped her in the past is chosen as the male tribute from her district.

The book was so emotionally charged that I often found myself in tears one second and biting my nails with worry the next. The romance is very PG, but tangled with torn feelings. I was surprised at how violent the book was in parts. I knew it was about fighting and killing, but I thought as a YA book it would gloss over those parts. It didn’t. The author did an amazing job building the characters and leaving you at the edge of your seat. I’m trying to hold out until the library gets the second book in, but I have a feeling I might cave and buy it :)

While looking for a picture of the cover, I came across an article claiming that a movie was in the works. Has anyone else heard this?

4 Comments leave one →
  1. opicana permalink
    October 20, 2009 1:48 pm

    It would make a great movie – lots of action, suspense, emotion. Though the ending is a bit of a cliff-hanger.

    • taraSG permalink
      October 20, 2009 1:51 pm

      It would!! I think since it would be a trilogy as long as they do all three books as movies, they could end it with the cliffhanger :)

  2. October 22, 2009 10:35 am

    I’m glad to hear you really enjoyed this book!
    It’s on my list – along with McCarthy’s The Road – which I see you’ve also read (and has been made into a soon-to-be-released film)
    I heard that Lionsgate got the rights to Hunger Games. That dystopian feel of both these books is something that makes for exceptionally strong films which are becoming more and more popular.

    Have you ever seen Battle Royale? It’s a Japanese Film that came out in 2000 based on a novel written in 1999. It works on a national socialist alternative timeline where every year, 50 junior high school students are isolated on an island, each given a bag of supplies that could include a gun or a knife or just a paper fan. They’re then told they must fight to the death – with one student left standing in 24 hours or they’ll all be killed by an explosive collar. The situation & the violence combined are brutal – but its a excellent film that really digs right into the issue of Japanese students in their developing years becoming cut-throat in their studies and preparations to face the working world.

    • taraSG permalink
      October 23, 2009 9:29 am

      I really liked both the Hunger Games and The Road. A lot of people found The Road very depressing, but I found the overall message uplifting.

      I’ve heard of Battle Royale, but haven’t seen it. I’ve seen Hunger Games compared to it quite often. Maybe I should see if I can netflix it :)

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