October 27, 2009

Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

I can't be the LAST one to read this book, right? I mean, I've seen it all over the blogosphere, but I can't help but write this review because someone might read this who hasn't read Hunger Games.

I never know what to think about books that are popular. I don't want to be like a teenager who doesn't like a band if someone has heard of them, but I am a bit. So, I waited a year after Hunger Games was first recommended to me to read it.

I wish I hadn't. Though I had already spent 24 hours reading over 3 days before I started it, I absolutely couldn't stop reading. It moved me tears, and made me beg to know what was going to happen next. Collins does such a good job of contrasting the life/death situation with the obsession with the trivial...this is way beyond your usual contemporary books written for teenagers.

If you haven't heard of this book, you may ask what IS the life/death situation? The short of it is that 24 teenagers are placed in a large outdoor arena and forced to fight for their death. The Hunger Game isn't over until there is only 1 left alive. Of course, the point of the cruel game is for entertainment, for gambling, and for the powerful to enforce their power. The winner gets prestige, and brings honor and food for their district.

So, I think what I want of you is clear. Pick up this book. And read it. And since everyone else is saying the same thing, you don't have to just take my word for it.


  1. I enjoyed this book as well! I read this one and Catching Fire for the read-a-thon and now am looking forward to the third book.

  2. I totally agree!! I had a very similar review of this book on my blog too. I actually read this one as a read aloud to my 7th grade reading class and they would just beg for more every day. Can't wait until the sequel comes out!!

  3. This book BLEW MY MIND. I'm a librarian, and I've recommended this to everyone who might possibly be interested. I haven't heard a single bad thing about it. Catching Fire is just as good, or better...and I am hoping to get my hands on an advance readers copy of the third book!

  4. No, I haven't read this book yet either. Will need to get it from the bookshop!

    Wow, it makes me wonder what the ending's like.

  5. I haven't read it either! But I bought it yesterday partly because of this review. So thanks!

  6. Everyone will eventually read this book, I think that it will become really big someday


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