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Synopsis:

“WINNING MEANS FAME AND FORTUNE.

LOSING MEANS CERTAIN DEATH.

THE HUNGER GAMES HAVE BEGUN.

In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shinning 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 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. But if she is to win, she will have to start making choices that weigh survival against humanity and life against love.”

Review:

This book was a reread for me, in a way.

When this book came out a few years ago, my brother picked it up and read it in one sitting. Once he finished and moved on to the next two books in the series, he told me to read it because I would probably enjoy it. Now 13 or 14 year old me, who wasn’t an avid reader like I am now, did pick it up but I found out pretty quickly that I had absolutely ZERO interest in reading it. At all.

Now, almost 10 years later, I finally decided to give another chance. Obviously I am now a more avid reader and dystopian books happen to be my favorite genre. I had already seen the first 2 movies so I went in already knowing almost the entire story but I did want to see if their were any differences between the book and the movie.

I’m so glad that I did decide to pick this book up again.

This book impressed me just as much as the movies did. It was, honestly, better than I thought I would going into the book.

I think that Katniss is a great main character. I think that what she did for her sister was incredible. It must have been an incredibly difficult decision to sacrifice her own life for the life of her sister. I would hate to have to put in that decision. I have a younger brother and, knowing me, I would probably have done the same thing. And then to be thrown into battle against other competitors who have a lot more training than you, I can’t even begin to imagine being put into that situation. I can’t wait to see her character develop of the rest of the series.

As far as the romance, this was the one thing that I wasn’t a huge fan of. I don’t think that it was necessary to include an aspect of romance in this particular book. I think that the romance between Katniss and Peeta could have been introduced in the second book and would have played an essential part to the story with the follow up novel.

The plot was this book’s strongest part. This is usually the case with most dystopian books that I read and this book was no exception. Lots of great battle scenes (which are always a key part in these novels). The plot was engaging and was one that kept me on the edge of my seat. This is a book that I read in just a couple of hours because of this plot.

Overall, I am so glad that I decided to give this book another chance. I do wish that I had read the books before seeing the movies (well the first 2 movies in that case) but the similarities between the two made me have a very enjoyable experience. I can’t wait to continue on with the series in the next couple of months.

RATING: 4/5

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