Review: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Posted November 3, 2013 by Jonetta in Book Review | | 4 Comments

Review: The Hunger Games by Suzanne CollinsThe Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Series: The Hunger Games #1
Published by Scholastic Press on September 14, 2008
Genres: Dystopia, Young Adult
Format: ARC
Source: Purchased

Rating: A+

May the odds be ever in your favor.

In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. In the previous war the Capitol took over and now, the Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl from each district, between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV. Every single second of this dreadful event is recorded twenty four seven and broadcasted across the nation.

Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen regards it as a death sentence when she steps forward to take her sister's place in the Games. Katniss has been close to dead before. For her, survival, is second nature. Without really meaning to, she becomes a contender. If she is to win, she will have to start making choices that are very well the difference between life and death. What lies ahead is great rewards and fortune if she makes the right choices and if luck is on her side. But also, a love triangle between Katniss, Peeta, and Gale slowly unfolds, forcing Katniss to decide whom she really wants to be with—a situation complicated by the fact .

Will she win or will she die? Who shall she pick?

Happy Hunger games...





This is an incredible story of an alternate civilization following something cataclysmic to our present world. Each year, a government organized event, somewhat similar in theme to the gladiator spectacles of old, called the Hunger Games are conducted, complete with a full onslaught of 24/7 media coverage. Participants falling in a specific age group are selected at random, two from each of the districts that comprise the new country. It’s a fight to the death and the last one standing is the victor.

I was struck by the extraordinary rawness of this story but at the same time, the complexity of the tale. Katniss Everdeen, the 16-year old heroine, is wise beyond her age and chronicles the games from her perspective. The concepts of this new society are provocative and disturbing but somehow, you find yourself considering the possibility as it taps into the baser aspects of the human condition. I found this book fascinating and am bound to finish the trilogy.

This isn’t your typical young adult story so if you’re not a fan of books directed to this age group, don’t let that be a barrier to reading this story, as it was for me. I just wish I’d read it earlier.

About Suzanne Collins

In 1991, Suzanne Collins began her professional career writing for children’s television. She worked on the staffs of several Nickelodeon shows, including the Emmy-nominated hit Clarissa Explains it All and The Mystery Files of Shelby Woo. While working on a Kids WB show called Generation O! she met children’s author and illustrator James Proimos, who talked her into giving children’s books a try.

Thinking one day about Alice in Wonderland, she conceived the story of Gregor the Overlander, the first book in her five-part fantasy/​war series, The Underland Chronicles,which became a New York Times bestseller.

Her next series, The Hunger Games Trilogy, is an international bestseller. The Hunger Games has spent more than 260 consecutive weeks/​more than five consecutive years to date on The New York Times bestseller list since publication in September 2008, and has also appeared consistently on USA Today and Publishers Weekly bestseller lists. In 2010 Collins was named to the TIME 100 list as well as the Entertainment Weekly Entertainers of the Year list.

Lionsgate released a film adaptation of THE HUNGER GAMES on March 23, 2012, directed by Gary Ross who also shared screenplay credit with Suzanne and Billy Ray. Lionsgate will release the second installment THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE worldwide on November 22, 2013. The film is directed by Francis Lawrence, from a screenplay by Simon Beaufoy and Michael DeBruyn. Lionsgate will release THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY – PART 1 on November 21, 2014 and THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY – PART 2 on November 20, 2015, also directed by Lawrence.

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4 responses to “Review: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

  1. I loved the first two books of this series and THG remains one of my favorite books ever.

    I still haven’t seen the movie though.

    • I saw the movie a few days after finishing the book and I’m still amazed at how true to the story it ended up being. It was fantastic. I plan to read the next book before the movie is released, too.

  2. TheBookNympho

    I loved this book/series. After watching the movie my husband read the books and he loved them too.