FINALLY! I got to read this book! There's so much I didn't get worked into a review, because this is really a book for conversation, not just...well, reviewing.
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. But if she is to win, she will have to start making choices
that will weigh survival against humanity and life against love.
MY RATING: 5 STARS
My (inadequate) review from GoodReads:
Let's see to the most important factoid first: I love Peeta. We'll return to that later, but now you know where I stand.
I place this in the same category as The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
as a book I'd heard praised from here to Jupiter but never really got
curious enough to read until the hype got so huge a film adaptation was
made (lazy, I know). I mean, it can't be that awesome, can it?
out...it can. I loved Katniss Everdeen's voice as narrator and seeing
the story directly through her eyes. Her attitude reminds me of Libba
Bray's Gemma Doyle, with her dry humor and inability to get along with
people when it's expected of her, when in fact, you'd think it meant the
most for people to like her. But of the two, I like Katniss even better
for her resourcefulness, her toughness, and her cunning. She also does a
lot less feeling sorry for herself. She's made for action, not moping.
She's very jaded by her circumstances for being so young, but you can
still tell she's a rebellious teenager and still can't quite be beaten,
no matter what you throw at her, as her actions in the arena prove.
now for Peeta. I have major, major love for Peeta. He was just so nice,
and funny, and lovable in a boy-next-door kind of way, and his attitude
about the Games was so awesome, concerned not so much with death and
dying, but with his wish to die as himself. So much more impressive than
Gale's ranting about the Capitol! Gale...pssht, who gives two sh***
about Gale when you have Peeta Mellark? And this was my beef with
Katniss. Open your eyes, girl! He's not pretending! And you know you
feel the same way, so quit acting like such a bimbo!
I have to
hand it to Suzanne Collins, she got me good. I wondered how she was
going to pull off the ending it seemed she had to pull off without
completely ruining it, and I thought she was going for a cheap cop-out
at first, but she fooled me. She's also got me hooked, and now I'm glad I
waited so long to read this series, as it means I don't have to wait
for the other books to come out. The other movies, however...
Your humble book nerd,