Original Title: The Hunger Games
Year Published: 2008
Published by: Scholastic Ltd
Number of Pages: 454
First Sentence: “When I wake up, the other side of the bed is cold.“
Goodreads Rating: 5/5
In a dark vision in the near future, twelve boys and twelve girls are forced to appear in a live TV show called the Hunger Games. There is only one rule: kill or be killed.
When sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen steps forward to take her sister’s place in the games, she sees it as a death sentence. But Katniss has been close to death before. For her, survuval is second nature.
I cannot believe that I’ve waited this long to read this book. Extremely late to the party but I’m happy that I finally arrived. I mean, I’ve seen the films but that doesn’t count (although they are great as well). This is a fantastic book that is so hard to put down. I literally had to pace myself since I do not yet own the other two and have to buy them soon. But I couldn’t help myself and finished it in two days. It is just so amazing.
Katniss is just wonderful. The fact that she is only 16-years old hardly ever shows, she is an extremely mature character. She proves from the start that she is not one to go down without a fight, and although she has moments of doubts she never fully stops fighting for her life.
Peeta is lovely and just so charming. Haymitch a lovable drunk, Effie the obnoxious but still lovely escort for the games and Cinna who I just adore. There are so many other characters, including Katniss family and Gale, the rest of the tributes and the inhabitants of the Capitol. that are so well-written and adds so much to the story.
As a reader you are kept in constans suspense, I honestly can’t say that I was bored during anytime whilst reading this book. Fantastic language, the world is so amazingly thought up and the characters are as said just fantastic.
Do I recommend it?
Oh God YES!! If you haven’t read these books yet go ahead. I’ll buy and read the other two as soon as possible.