Review: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Published: 2009
By: Scholastic Audio
Series: The Hunger Games (Trilogy)
Source: EPL
Format: Audiobook
ISBN:  9780545142915

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.

– Excerpt from Goodreads

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This was a difficult book to try to listen to because I had watched the movie a while ago, but for some unknown reason I don’t remember much. Perhaps this’ll lead to an unbiased opinion.

A dystopic themed story based in the aftermaths of what was once the United States of America. What is left of it was divided into districts and on an annual basis, two young people, a male and a female, from each district is drawn to compete in what the title’s namesake; The Hunger Games.

The Hunger Games, as something that I’ve discussed or overheard from fellow readers, is a terrible competition of survival of the fittest. A brutish fight in an arena that is completely controlled by an omniscient power. It’s murder. It’s teenagers killing each other for the pure pleasure of more sophisticated people of The Capitol and the demise of the people of the districts as they watch their tributes fight for dignity and their lives. It’s a difficult scenario to witness and is punishable if a person refuses to watch.

Star-crossed lovers is what our two main characters are defined as, from the day all the tributes are interviewed before the games. However, is Katniss Everdeen just playing it up for the camera and sponsors or is she truly feeling those same emotions that caused Peeta Mellark to admit to Caesar Flickerman, the host during the interviews and the games, about his long standing adoration for Katniss?

The story is cute, and although I knew the ending before I finished the audiobook it truly makes me sad or cringe because I thought the emotions they shared during the last few days of the games made me believe there was hope. But like they say, “C’est la Vie!” and on to the next one.

To also be honest, yes, I’m officially hooked to the series.

5 Star

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Library Tech grad who is currently working on a BA in Political Science and filling all her time with books.
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6 Responses to Review: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

  1. Hopefully you’ll get a chance to listen/read the next books before seeing the movies! They are good books that definitely keep you reading. I think it would kind of take away from the experience if I had of watched it first though. Glad you enjoyed it!

    • Oh it definitely made me think about the movie while I was listening to the book and I felt a little disheartened that (from what I remember) they changed a few things. But I guess, just like Harry Potter, they had to???
      I don’t know. The next book of the series is next on my download list of books 🙂

      • Yeah, there are always things that will need to be changed with movie adaptations, I just try to read the book first so I’m not bored reading if things are too similar (like A Game of Thrones..lol)

        • This is very true, although it also makes three movie interesting to see how closely adapted the movie was to the book; ie: The Virgin Suicides. But I have 6 days to finish the next book, so stay tuned for the review!

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