Dec 2, 2013

Review: The Hunger Games -- Re-Read Edition

2767052The Hunger Games
Author: Suzanne Collins
Release Date: September 14th, 2008
Publisher: Scholastic
Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars
Pages: 374
Format: Hardcover, Bought

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Synopsis:

Winning will make you famous.
Losing means certain death.


In a dark vision of the near future, a terrifying reality TV show is taking place. Twelve boys and twelve girls are forced to appear in a live event called the Hunger Games. There is only one rule: kill or be killed.

When sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen steps forward to take her sister's place in the games, she sees it as a death sentence. But Katniss has been close to death before. For her, survival is second nature.




My Review:

Katniss is a girl who has lost her father and having to take care of her family herself. She spends nights and weekends hunting outside of the fence of her district just to make sure her family has food in their bellies. As the Reaping Day arrives, her sister Prim is the least of her worries when it comes to names being pulled out of the bowl. Gale, her hunting partner and best friend, and herself are more worried since they have a lot more entries of their own in the bowl. Then the unthinkable happens. Prim's name is pulled from the bowl. Katniss knowing Prim will never survive puts herself up as a volunteer to take her sisters place. She now has to spend the next few weeks battling for her life against 23 other tributes. Can she make it out alive?

This story is as amazing as it was the first time I read it. I decided with the second movie coming out for this trilogy, it would be a good time for me to re-read the books. I have been a little slow with them so I haven't been able to go see the movie yet, but I am trying to now push through so I can go!

I noticed a lot more spelling mistakes and weirdly worded sentences this time around. Sometimes I had to sit and really look at the sentence to get what she was meaning, even sometimes having to remove words from the sentences in order to make it understandable. I have heard a few other people have to do this as well, and I think that is what made me really notice that I also had to do the same thing.

I love Katniss. The poor girl has had such a hard life, and that life isn't getting any easier any time soon. She fights so hard and uses old experiences or someone she loves in order to help push her through the games. You follow her and learn to love and hate the same people she does.

Then there is Peeta. What is there to say about Peeta other than he is wonderful. Katniss spends the whole book trying to figure him out, pretty much blocking the truth out her head. I am definitely Team Peeta and will love him until the end of time!

I love the detail that is put into the story. It is just enough to be able to picture everything as it goes on. I could picture the killings, the faces of all the characters, the personalities of all the ones that she allowed you to get to know. Suzanne also does a wonderful job to put emotion into the book. The emotion is part of the reason that you are sucked into the book so well.

I wrote in my last review that the synopsis for the book doesn't do it justice and I still firmly believe that. I also feel that I was able to get into the story more this time around because I was able to piece some things together that didn't quite make sense to me in the first book.

I still give this book a 5 out of 5 star rating and I continue to be a big Hunger Games fan :)


Couldn't Put it Down!!


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