The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Katniss Everdeen is a 16 year old girl who lives with her mother and younger sister Prim in the poorest district of Panem, which is the remains of what used to be the United States.  Long ago, before Katniss’s time, the 12 districts of Panem waged a war against against the Capitol and we defeated.  As a way to keep the districts in line, the Capitol decided to host a yearly event that they called The Hunger Games.  Each district sends one boy and one girl into the event in which the terrain and the rules may change but there is still one constant: it’s kill or be killed.  When her sister is chosen as the girl from District 12 to go into the games Katniss volunteers to take her place.  She is thrust into the world of the Games and she knows that now she must do everything she can in order to survive.

I’m sure by now many of you have heard about this book.  If you haven’t, I am here to tell you right now that you need to get your hands on this series.  It is AMAZING.  It’s one of those books where you start reading and the next thing you know you cannot put it down.  And if for some reason you are forced to put it down (sleep, it’s so pesky sometimes) all you do is think about it.  This is a book about what happens to young people when war and poverty is forced upon them and you can’t help but want Katniss to fight her way through even though it means the death of other youth.  Honestly, this is one of the best books I’ve read it quite awhile.  It’s so well written and so gripping and also sad.  24 kids from the ages of 12 to 18 are taken every year from their homes to go in and fight for their lives and only 1 returns.  Ah.  It’s a darn good book.  Like I said, if you haven’t picked up this book yet, you need to.


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  1. says

    The Hunger Games are by far one of my favorite books I've ever read. I'm already halfway thru the second book and it's, dare I say, better than the first! Yay Hunger Games! :)

  2. says

    I haven't even heard of it but I think I'm already excited about it. Sounds fascinating. I have made a pledge to myself to get back to reading this year, last year my library card expired and I couldn't even make time to renew it – that's not good. Putting this one on my list (and forwarding to my daughter who always makes time to read).

  3. says

    This is a great review! I hadn't heard much about this series when I read it, I just sort of stumbled across it I guess you could say? And I loved it. I am reading the 3rd and final book right now. Love it. : )

  4. says

    I just finished the Millenium series and was looking for something new to read. I've heard of this series and want to read it but think I need a break in between with some mindless chick lit first. Otherwise my brain may overload! :)

  5. says

    Obsessed! The Kindle I got for Christmas is not helping the addiction either. I started Hunger Games on NY Day and started the 3rd one this morning. I don't want to put them down.

  6. says

    I totally love this series too!! I heard they are making a movie out of the books- which I am excited for but also worry about. The movies are never as good as the books. You should try "Unwind". I love that book as well!

  7. says

    They're amazing aren't they? The first was my favorite but the last kept me thinking long after I put it down. It's great to pass on good books!

  8. says

    I keep hearing about these books, so I guess that means I should probably read them. They do look good though! And I've been meaning to read more. Thanks for posting!

  9. says

    All of my favorite bloggers are reading this book right now. Of course that means it must be good! It sounds intense and very interesting. Can't wait to get it!

  10. says

    I hadn't heard of it. It does sound good but I think I'm still upset from watching "the road". I hate to think of what the world will be like if it war goes down and tears the world apart. Everyone becomes savages in every story. So sad.

    But if you recommend I'll certainly give it a try!

  11. says

    so glad that I'm not the only one to describe it as "can't even put it down when I need to sleep".

    Can't wait to read your other reviews of the last too books!

    Love it!

  12. says

    YES im right there with you! i haven't read a book that has gripped me like this in a loooong time. so excited to dive into book #2 tonight. go katniss – and im currently in love with peeta, but i hear there is a chance of that changing. can't wait!

  13. says

    You're the second person in three days to rave about this book! While sci-fi isn't usually my go-to genre, if the book is that good, I'll have to put it on my to-be-read list. :)

    I love your book review series, and I'm happy that you popped over to see my book review series–maybe we'll both find some new authors!

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