Well, there is a lot of hype surrounding this book. It’s being made into a movie set to be released in 2012, which honestly, I’m pretty excited about. It’s also in an extremely popular genre for teens right now- science fiction. The story starts on the day of the reaping, a time when two children, a boy and a girl, are chosen to go to the Hunger Games. The Games feature two children from each of the 12 districts fighting each other to be the last one alive while the nation watches on live TV. Katniss Everdeen’s sister is chosen in the lottery, but Katniss volunteers to go in her place. Peeta Mellark is the boy chosen. The two are already at a disadvantage because they have been malnourished their entire lives. To top that off, their coach is Haymitch Abernathy, a drunk trying to forget his experience at the Games.
I enjoyed the plot twist at the end very much. It wasn’t cliche at all, as many teen novels often are. This book does contain very graphic violence, but it’s not gratuitous. The violence is made even more painful by the fact that you become very attached to the characters, caring about what is done to them and even what they do to others. The character development is excellent and becomes more and more detailed throughout the book. I really enjoyed this book even though I don’t usually like the genre. I will say the time scheme in the book did not make sense to me. The Games are supposed to last several weeks, but the book made it seem like only a few days pass in the arena. Maybe it’s just me. Did it feel like that to any of you guys when you read it? This was a very small issue though. Another problem to some readers might be the abrupt narration in some parts of the book. I liked it as I felt it conveyed the tone of the passage and the thoughts of Katniss at that point. To me, it wasn’t an issue. If you haven’t read it yet, this is one book I completely recommend.
My rating? 4.6 out of 5 stars. I couldn’t put it down!