- Title: The Hunger Games
- Author: Suzanne Collins
- Series: The Hunger Games #1
- Genre: Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Dystopian
- Format: eBook
- Source: Own Copy
- Reviewer: Soo
- Rating: 3 out of 5
Description: Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone 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.
If she is to win, she will have to start making choices that will weigh survival against humanity and life against love.
Review: When I read the summary for the story, I thought, “Battle Royale.” In some ways, the initial thought wasn’t wrong. There’s a lot of info that’s weaved into the story that is unrealistic but the writing pulled me along to see what else would happen to Katniss and to see how the story would wrap up. Character development happens in a staggered manner throughout the book, but most of the interesting potential plot developments drop in a little bit in the middle and a small dollop towards the end.
My curiosity is a terrible brat and I’ll satisfy it by reading the rest of this the trilogy. I want to see if the potential ideas I see planted in the first book will flourish in the next two or crash and burn with nary a whimper.