Wednesday, 14 March 2012

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

From Amazon:
A chilling tale of survival from the New York Times bestselling author.
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 other districts in line by forcing them to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight-to-the-death on live TV.
One boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and sixteen are selected by lottery to play. The winner brings riches and favor tohis or her district. But that is nothing compared to what the Capitol wins: one more year of fearful compliance with its rule. Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives alone with her mother and younger sister, regards it as a death sentence when she is forced to represent her impoverished district 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. But if she is to win, she will have to start making choices that weigh survival against humanity and life against love.
Acclaimed writer Suzanne Collins, author of the New York Times bestselling Underland Chronicles, delivers equal parts suspense and philosophy, adventure and romance, in this stunning novel set in a future with unsettling parallels to our present

 The beginning was kind of slow, but it definitely picked up and even during the beginning I couldn't put it down. I was so enthralled that I didn't want to sleep or go to school. I finished 2/3 of the book in one night. When I wasn't reading it, I was thinking about what would happen next. The conflicting feelings of Katniss, the devotion of Peeta, the reality and insanity of it all was wonderful. The characters were really fleshed out and I fell that because in the beginning a lot of time was dedicated to establishign Katniss' life I became even more involved with the character. I like how whenever she did something she would think of something form her past, which is similar to how the human mind works. It made the narrative seem much more real and believable. I cannot wait to read the next book!

Quote of the day: Destroying things is much easier than making them. - Suzanne Collins, The Hunger Games