Review: The Hunger Games from Suzanne Collins

Finished reading The Hunger Games from Suzanne Collins

Title: The Hunger Games
Writer: Suzanne Collins
Genre: #dystopia #youngadult
Length: 335 pages
My rating: 5/5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Version: Paperback

The book in three words: Startling, Oppressive, Hooking

Introduction to the book from Amazon:

In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen regards it as a death sentence when she steps forward to take her sister’s place in the Games. But Katniss has been close to death before-and survival, for her, is second nature. Still, if she is to win, she will have to start making choices that weigh survival against humanity and life against love.

I did not know what to expect when I started reading Suzanne Collins’s The Hunger Games. I have not seen the movies after they came and could not remember much. My best friend told me that the books were really oppressive and that is the reason why I haven’t read them before.

A few weeks ago I got a recommendation to read the books because my writing style would get better if I found out how Suzanne has solved some problems with showing and not telling. And it was magnificent and gave me, not only ideas but also quite a rollercoaster of a story.

First I did not like Katniss much. She was a little bit too stubborn and serious for my liking, but The Game brought the best out of her savviness and innovative mind.

There were many likeable side characters. Most of them had real flaws which made them feel alive. They were also dimensional and everyone had a goal in the book. I have to also give a credit for the strong female lead in this book and if I had a daughter I would definitely recommend this book to her.

I have to say that I loved the writing style. The first person point of view worked out really well. The book was easy to read but it had a lot of layers.

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