From Goodreads: Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with every one out to make sure you don’t live to see the morning?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 is harsh and cruel and 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, who lives alone with her mother and younger sister, 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 dead before—and survival, for her, is second nature. Without really meaning to, she becomes a contender. But if she is to win, she will have to start making choices that will weigh survival against humanity and life against love.
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Purchased: Bought on Amazon
What I Loved: The story compelled me from beginning to end even in its most disturbing moments. I wanted to know what happened even when I really wanted to just skip ahead and find out everything would be ok. The characters were all well thought out and presented in a fashion that no matter how long or short of time they had, it felt like you knew them. The author presented them in a fashion that you cared one way or another about what happened to them. Even the most distasteful characters you wanted them to get theirs. Both of these elements were so well done and combined that the pages flowed effortlessly till the end.
What I Liked: It was great to learn a little bit about each district through their competitors even though you never saw their part of the world. You slowly found out that hardly anyone outside the capital really had it easy even though it could appear that way from the outside. I also enjoyed the flashback scenes where you got to learn a little bit more about Katniss and why she is the way she is. It really helped to flush her out as a character.
Complaints: Very seldom do I have any complaints about a book when I give it a 4. This is not really a complaint but more of a why it will be a bit before I read the next one. I love when a book has realistic tendencies but I need hope in order to feel complete at the end. This book was downright depressing to me because there just was not hardly, if any, hope. It seemed like for every up turn, there was an even bigger down turn. At the end, I shut the book feeling like they were just fighting to stay alive but not live. That is hard for me to fathom for anyone. I do want to know what happens. I just have a feeling this will be one of those series that might not fulfill in a total way for me. That isn’t a bad thing just not something I read very often because I like to escape into the world I am reading. This is not a world I would want to be in.
Why I gave it a 4: It was really well written and told. I would have put this book down in a lesser author’s hands because it is just not the type of book I normally would read. It did not give a 5 because I wasn’t happy with the end. That is just a personal preference though and I have read many reviews giving the book a 5.
Who I would recommend it too: This is a YA book though with the subject matter I would probably say older YA. I could see this also appealing to the Sci-fi community as it has a combo Running Man/Lord of the Flies type of feel to it.
Author Website: http://www.suzannecollinsbooks.com/