Title: The Hunger Games
Author: Suzanne Collins
Series: The Hunger Games #1
Read for: 2011 Wish I’d Read That Challenge
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. (goodreads.com)
I’ve read so many raving reviews about this book, I’m so glad I wasn’t disappointed. I absolutely loved the book, and I’ve already got the second in the series, Catching Fire, on hold at my library. I’m very much looking forward to reading it.
Throughout the whole thing, Katniss had me thrown. I wasn’t sure whether she actually liked Peeta, her co-tribute from District 12, or whether she was simply faking the whole thing. Once the games get started, she spends a lot of her time angry at him, but when the rules change, she spends her time nursing him back to health. It’s a little confusing, and I wanted Katniss’s feelings for Peeta to be real, but I also knew that she had some feelings for Gale back home. Yet Katniss finds comfort in Peeta, at least until they are on the train back home, when she breaks his heart, and then feels guilty about it.
I was also torn between wanting Katniss to fight the Capitol more, and feeling the same dispair that she so obviously feels. I liked the rebellious acts she does, wreathing Rue in flowers when Rue dies, and promising that the Capitol will have no winners at all when the Gamemasters go back on their earlier rule change.
I’m hoping that Katniss continues her little rebellion in the next book, and eventually she has something with Peeta, not Gale (probably because we see more of Peeta than Gale, and get to know him better).
Originally posted 13 February 2011.