Rating: 5/5 stars
Let me start off by saying-the book is SO much better than the movie (don't get me wrong-the movie's great-but the book is amazing). When I first read it, I will be very honest-I hated it! I have never liked books with dystopian societies, but then I realized-it wasn't your average dystopian book. I read it again, and, with my new found appreciation for the unique anti-utopian society, I devoured it. And promptly fell in love.
The (very watered down) Plot: Katniss Everdeen, a 16 year old girl lives in the 12th district of Panem, a nation made up of the ruins of North America. As punishment for the rebellion the district participated in, long ago, the Capitol forces them to take part in the annual Hunger Games. In the Games, two tributes from each district must fight to the death, while all of Panem watches. When Katniss' sister is chosen as a tribute, she steps up and goes in her place. She must win the Games in order to get back to her family.
The Good Parts:
- Katniss! She is no push-over. So much better than Bella from Twilight (haven't read it-don't want to)! Finally, a heroine who doesn't need a prince to win our hearts. She's genuine and protective of the ones she loves. Her thoughts were so real, and she won me over.
- Gale, Katniss' friend/hunting partner was a great character. He really cares for Katniss, and would do anything to help her.
- The arena was very realistic. It's a mish-mash of things, with a wheat field, a forest, and a lake. Ms. Collins really takes time to describe it and show its full glory.
- The other tributes were great. Each one had a different personality-some nicer than others, but it really brought the book to life. The one thing you have to remember is not to be biased-everyone just wants to win, and will go to great lengths to survive. If it means killing others, so be it-they have to!
There really wasn't anything bad, for me. It was a great story. However, there are a few things that I didn't really mind, but you might:
- The first few pages are a back story. It may seem boring, but It's important to pay attention if you want to understand. To make it more interesting, Ms. Collins has (thankfully!) intertwined it with the actual story. It's just the first chapter or two.
- Katniss has two boys on her trail. Gale, and Peeta both love her-and she's not really interested. This will change, and if you're like me, you'll hope for Gale, but it wasn't so lovey dovey. Except in the arena-so beware, if you hate romance.
This is my new favorite book! The only thing is that, if you are under 10, you probably should wait to read it, because, in the arena, it gets pretty, well-you know, gory. Not too bad, but nightmare inducing for little children.
My upcoming reviews:
Catching Fire and Mockingjay (2nd and 3rd books in the series)
Fairest by Gail Carson Levine
The Red Necklace by Sally Gardener