Note about my Reviews
Dear Authors: The reviews in this blog are only personal opinions. I have absolutely no background in literature, writing or reviewing. I am a Librarian (actually a Library Technician for those who care OR know the difference) with a love for a good story. The opinions in the reviews are ONLY my OPINIONS. I am not commenting on the writers ability since well -- I am not a writer and never will be. If you are the author of any of the books reviewed here, my opinion is just that and not a judgment against you!
Monday, April 5, 2010
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins: Mini Book Review
by Suzanne Collins
Ages: 11 and up (For violence)
Description: Twenty-four are forced to enter. Only the winner survives.
In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. Each year, the districts are forced by the Capitol to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the Hunger Games, a brutal and terrifying fight to the death – televised for all of Panem to see. Survival is second nature for sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who struggles to feed her mother and younger sister by secretly hunting and gathering beyond the fences of District 12. When Katniss steps in to take the place of her sister in the Hunger Games, she knows it may be her death sentence. If she is to survive, she must weigh survival against humanity and life against love.
Review: I could not put this book down! I liken it to a less violently described (but not by much) dystopian story like The Running Man, Death Race or the Lottery for the YA Crowd, but that adults will enjoy just as much. The author has a created a believable post-apocalyptic world with unsual characters that you just can't help but love. The disturbing world that she has created makes you realize just how easy something like this could happen here on earth, with our disregard for the environment and our generations love for reality TV and physical perfection. However, this moral is very sublty done, so the YA crowd won't feel like they are being preached at.
Katniss is a wonderful herione tough yet compassionate and very real. The other secondary characters are interesting and you just wish the story would go on, so you could learn more about them. The storyline is so fast paced, that you quickly become engrossed in the story and do not want to put it down. The author has created a fascinating world and describe it in such a way that you feel you are part of the story. I am warning you that the story is at times very emotional and the description of children killing children is downwhat disturbing. But please don't let that keep you away, it is a wonderful story and I am very much looking forward to the next novel in the series. (Off now to put it on my birthday list) This book will be making it into MY bookshelf (well after I let Natasha and Tanya borrow it) and when Jake gets a little older I will be recommending that he read it.
When reviewing brilliant novels such as this, I wish I was far more articulate in expressing my opinions, because this review does not do the book justice. ADDICTIVE!
Teens (and adults) will definitely fall in love with the characters and the story. However, I would not recommended it to the more sensitive YA's as the story can be brutally violent at times. I can also see some "Team Gale and Team Peeta" conversations happening.