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Ronyell (Rabbitearsblog) | 21 comments 5 stars

Imagine living in a post- apocalyptic world where keeping your life is your main priority in life. Well, I got that experience when I read this book called “The Hunger Games” and believe me this book took me on one dark and intense ride. “The Hunger Games” is an intense book by Suzanne Collins which details how a sixteen-year-old girl named Katniss Everdeen is thrown into the dreaded Hunger Games when she tries to save her sister, Prim from entering it. “The Hunger Games” may be too violent and intense for some readers to handle, but it is truly one of the most engaging books ever written!

In the ruins of North America, there is a nation called Panem where it is ruled by the Capitol, which is full of cruel and ruthless people ruling the city. Every year, the Capitol would send in a boy and a girl from each district to compete in the dreaded Hunger Games, where competitors fight to the death to survive. When sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen realizes that her sister Prim is about to compete in the Hunger Games, she decides to take her sister’s place to save her life and now she is competing in the Hunger Games where she has to use all of her wits and strength to survive!

Whew! I am definitely out of breath after I read this book! When I first heard about this book, I was trying to figure out what all the hype was all about on this book, but now I know! Suzanne Collins has certainly done an awesome job at writing this book that is full of intensity and suspense! What I loved the most about this book was how Suzanne Collins had perfectly built up the pace of the action in this book so that the readers do not have to feel like they do not know the characters that well since it might cause the plot of the story to move quickly. I will admit that when I first read this book, it started out really slow, but as soon as the Hunger Games begins, the action quickly picks up and I found myself being mesmerized by Suzanne Collins’ intensive writing and exciting plot that I could not put the book down! I also loved the characters in this book, especially Katniss Everdeen herself! Katniss is the pure strong heroine in this book as she struggles to survive in the Hunger Games and I loved the way that Katniss uses her knowledge of the forest and her wit to help her get through the Hunger Games. I also admired Katniss’ courage in this book as she was able to handle any obstacle that came at her and I loved the relationship between her and Peeta. Katniss' and Peeta's relationship with each other is not your average romantic couple since they are too busy trying to survive in the Hunger Games, but there are some cute moments between the two of them. Another thing I loved about this book was how the idea of “The Hunger Games” was thought up as I never would have thought that I would read a book that takes place in a post – apocalyptic world or in this case, after the destruction of North America and that idea easily intrigues me since you wonder to yourself about how can you create another civilization after the destruction of another civilization. I also think that this book reminded me of the gladiator tournaments that were held during Ancient Rome and even some of the characters’ names in this book seem to reflect the Roman names.

There are many gory and violent scenes in this book, which includes many people dying in horrific ways. So, anyone who does not like gore or violence might feel a bit squeamish when reading this book. Also, the whole theme about how the Capitol toys with innocent people’s lives and views it as a sport is deeply disturbing.

Overall, “The Hunger Games” is a truly worthy book to read over and over again and I will definitely be checking out the next two books in this fantastic series!

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Amy (Dranea) | 1841 comments Mod
I thought this was such a great book, and a wonderful intro to this series! Wonderful review!!


Ronyell (Rabbitearsblog) | 21 comments Thanks Amy!! :D


Aria (The Whimsical Reader) (awhimsicalreader) | 8 comments Dystopian books?

Not really my thing.

Wither was the first dystopian novel I've read and it seriously gave me a headache.
It wasn’t because that book was poorly written but because I was just not comfortable with the fact that young girls were getting kidnapped and sold to rich boys in order to procreate.
I have no issues with teen pregnancy but then the kidnapping part and them being sold was a lot like prostitution to me.
There were a couple of instances where I swore I was going to put Wither down but I didn’t because I thought it would get better.
It didn’t.
After that I stirred away from dystopian books until Hunger Games.
Hunger Games was another dystopian novel.
This book has been on my to-read pile for so long that I almost forgot about it.
Sure there were good reviews about it but since it was dystopian, I had to skip it.
Then I saw the movie trailer.
I thought the trailer was cool but still I didn’t pick the book up.
I was still hesitant about the whole dystopian thing.
I was afraid that it would turn out just like the other book I read.
March 2012 was nearing.
The movie was going to be in the big screen soon and that's when I told myself that I had to read it now!
So I picked up my copy and began reading it after I got home from work.




Chapter 1.




OMG!




Chapter 2.




OMG! OMG!




Chapter 3.




OMG! OMG! OMG!










Then I finished it!



I would like to give this book a round of applause!
A standing ovation if it's even possible.
HUNGER GAMES was AWESOME!
One of the best books I have read so far.
It had all the elements that make a book fascinating.
Despite it being a dystopian novel, I still love it.
Completely loved and adored it.


The setting of the Hunger Games was in a place called Panem.




WHERE IS PANEM?

Panem is a future nation that came from the ruins of what we all know as North America.
It had twelve districts that were governed by the Capitol.
Because of an upheaval that happened before against the Capitol, the Hunger Games was born.
The Hunger Games would require tributes –- a boy and a girl whose ages were between 12 and 18 – and they will be chosen to represent their district on the Hunger Games.




WHAT HAPPENS DURING THE HUNGER GAMES?

The 24 tributes from the different districts had to face each other in the arena.
They had to fight for survival.
They had to outwit each other.
They had to think before they act.
They had to show everybody that they are the best.
Why?
Because only one of them will come out of the Arena.



ALIVE.



WHAT’S THE STORY ABOUT?

The main protagonist is Katniss Everdeen who I loved almost instantly.
She was a perfect example of a girl strengthened by poverty.
She lived in District 12, which I think was poorest of all the districts.
The time to choose the tributes came.
Prim, her younger sister was chosen.
Katniss loved her sister and volunteered herself in exchange for her sister.
Katniss was now District 12’s tribute along with Peeta Mellark who was not really a stranger to her.
The chosen tributes were then transported to the Capitol for the Hunger Games.
They were prepped and introduce to everyone.
Bets were on.
People had their own bets to cheer on.
Katniss was struggling.
Katniss was scared but she couldnt let it show.
She had to be strong.

Who will she trust?
What will she do to survive?
How will she prevent herself from getting killed?


The Games will change you.


REACTION AFTER FINISHING IT:


Flabbergasted.
I think that is one word that would describe how I felt about the Hunger Games.
It was full of action, suspense, drama, romance.
What more could you ask for?

Katniss was the perfect heroine.
She is my type of lead female character.
She had this courage in her that lights up like fire.
Katniss, the Girl on Fire.
I adore her.
She wasn’t weak like most of the lead characters in YA books.
She was strong, brave and courageous.
She was also smart.
She uses her head.
I hate depended lead characters and Katniss was not one of them.

While I can go on and on regarding my crush on Katniss, her male counterpart actually caught me too.
Peeta Mellark, the baker boy who burned bread to give to his childhood crush.
How sweet!
Peeta was not as skilled as Katniss but he does everything to protect her nonetheless.
Peeta.
Peeta.
Peeta.
I hope you’re mine.
You are a paradigm of a perfect boyfriend.

Katniss and Peeta had perfect chemistry.
You will always come across a book where the characters blend together perfectly.
Katniss and Peeta were one of them.
They were a smokin’ couple.
(They were literally a smoking couple during the introduction of the tributes right? :D)
Anyways, Peeta and Katniss were made to be together.
I did have Katniss for hurting Peeta! Arrrg,

I was told that the concept of the Hunger Games was not entirely original.
I heard that somehow it was a bit similar to the Lord of Flies but I haven’t read that so I couldn’t say if it is true nor not but still I fell in love with the book either way.
It was a mixture of everything I wanted and not knowing I wanted in one book.
Not only did it have the action, romance, exceptional writing style that I wanted, I also felt there was a deeper meaning to the book that was hidden between the lines.

The society that Katniss belonged to was very similar to the one that we have now.
The status quo remained.
District 12 symbolizes the underprivileged ones.
It symbolizes the oppressed ones who didn’t have enough food to feed their families.
It symbolizes the ones who had to take desperate measures to survive.
The Capitol represents the rich people.
They control the least fortunate ones with their money.
They think they’re superior.
I am not stereotyping.
Not all rich people are bad while not all poor people are good either.
It’s just a thought anyways.
Don’t burn me at stake because I said that about the rich people.
I know a lot of rich people who were more humble than me.
I am not rich to make things clear.
Hahaha.
I’m part of District 12.
Enough of that already.
I didn’t know what came over me.

THE HUNGER GAMES easily became my favorite.
I’ve learned my lesson not to judge a book by its GENRE.
If you are looking for an interesting read with a twist then I recommend this book.
THE HUNGER GAMES did not disappoint.
If this book could talk, I’m sure it will slap me in the face and say “Take that you b*tch for thinking that I am not worth your time reading!”
Hahaha.
I LOVE LOVE LOVE THE HUNGER GAMES!
I can’t wait for the movie.

A PERFECT 5!


Ronyell (Rabbitearsblog) | 21 comments Sandeelovesbooks wrote: "Dystopian books?

Not really my thing.

Wither was the first dystopian novel I've read and it seriously gave me a headache.
It wasn’t because that book was poorly written but because I was ..."


Great review Sandee!! I'm glad that you enjoyed this book also! It was fantastic!


Aria (The Whimsical Reader) (awhimsicalreader) | 8 comments Thank you. :D
I know I just loved it so much.
I haven't gotten my copy of the other books yet though.


Ronyell (Rabbitearsblog) | 21 comments Sandeelovesbooks wrote: "Thank you. :D
I know I just loved it so much.
I haven't gotten my copy of the other books yet though."


Me either. I'm planning on reading the next two books in the Hunger Games this year!


Aria (The Whimsical Reader) (awhimsicalreader) | 8 comments Same here.
Hopefully I get a raise so I could buy all the books I want. LOL


Ronyell (Rabbitearsblog) | 21 comments Me too! I got to save up my money to buy more Hunger Games books!


Aria (The Whimsical Reader) (awhimsicalreader) | 8 comments Yeah. I have friends who wanted to lend me theirs but I prefer my own copy. :D


Ronyell (Rabbitearsblog) | 21 comments Me too! I usually don't like buying used books unless the book I really wanted is out of stock.


Aria (The Whimsical Reader) (awhimsicalreader) | 8 comments Yep. Yep! I agree. But do you get ARC's too?


Ronyell (Rabbitearsblog) | 21 comments No, I don't think I have ARCs.


Patti Roberts | 123 comments Great review for an excellent book. I saw the movie trailer and had to read it. I love seeing the faces of the characters!!! Bond with them before I even start reading!!! I've just started book 2 :)


Ronyell (Rabbitearsblog) | 21 comments Patti wrote: "Great review for an excellent book. I saw the movie trailer and had to read it. I love seeing the faces of the characters!!! Bond with them before I even start reading!!! I've just started book 2 :)"

Thanks!! I really need to see the trailers for this movie!


Patti Roberts | 123 comments Ronyell wrote: "Patti wrote: "Great review for an excellent book. I saw the movie trailer and had to read it. I love seeing the faces of the characters!!! Bond with them before I even start reading!!! I've just ..."
it is very good - !!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4S9a5V...


Ronyell (Rabbitearsblog) | 21 comments Patti wrote: "Ronyell wrote: "Patti wrote: "Great review for an excellent book. I saw the movie trailer and had to read it. I love seeing the faces of the characters!!! Bond with them before I even start readi..."

Thanks Patti! I'll check it out!


Patti Roberts | 123 comments Ronyell wrote: "Patti wrote: "Ronyell wrote: "Patti wrote: "Great review for an excellent book. I saw the movie trailer and had to read it. I love seeing the faces of the characters!!! Bond with them before I ev..."

xx


B.J. Robinson (goodreadscombjrobinson) | 21 comments I read and loved this book. I have the next one in the series on my reader :)


Alyson Of Bathe (AlysonofBathe) | 3 comments I posted some thoughts on the books and the movie here. Spoiler free!

Cheers,
Alyson


Ronyell (Rabbitearsblog) | 21 comments BJ Robinson wrote: "I read and loved this book. I have the next one in the series on my reader :)"

I have the next book in the series too and I'm planning on reading it as soon as possible!


Ottilie (ottilie_weber) | 463 comments I just started the second because I needed to with how the first ended!!


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