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 weigh survival against humanity and life against love.
The Hunger Games (Hunger Games #1) by Suzanne Collins
ebook, 267 pages
Published 2008 by Scholastic
There is so much hype about the Hunger Games and they turn into a movie as well. It's wow how everyone loves them that much. So i really wanted to try them before the movie comes out and because i wanted to have an opinion about them after all.
Firstly, i need to say it's the first dystopian book i read so i can't compare it with something like it. It took me some time to get used to both the writing and that kind of world. The writing reminded me more of a diary than the usual first person POV where the person says what it feels and sees. And as for the world, it's not easy to imagine our own world destroyed and in such a bad situation. Anyway, after the first 3-4 chapters i got the handle of it.
The book is written in parts. First part, is everything that happens before Katniss get picked for the Hunger Games and the whole preparasion after she is picked (interviews, training,etc) - which is almost half the book. So you get to see both how she lived and how she was when everything changed.I have to say that was the worst part of the book for me. I got really bored with what i was reading. Mostly cause of two things: 1. We get many flashbacks. And those flashbacks are between scenes and i don't like have scenes stopped for flashbacks. 2. I do not care how all those dresses were, how they made her looks different and small scenes like that which were many.
Then we have the Hunger Games part which is the most enjoyable part of the book. I have to admit i didn't expect so much violence and action. It was fantastic and you finally see what kind of person Katniss is. Strong, loyal, clever, risky. The excitement and the anxiety i felt for the players was like wow. It had some really clever traps around and if you weren't a good hunter there no way to survive (also not afraid to kill others).
As for the romance of the book, i was expecting to have bigger part at the story from what i was seeing around. And i can't say it was something special, neither can see how they will make more "important" in the movie.None of the boys, Gale or Peeta caught my attention and i did find Peeta annoying and TOO good at times. And you don't really get to see much of Gale anyway.
Did Hunger Games was what i waiting for? No. It was better. And i totally recommend it at least to anyone who plans to watch the movie next year.
Now, i need to say something else too. If you are new to the series i think you should not read the next books. I will review them later but i can say now that they are not that good. The only question the 1st book leaves is who Katniss choose (Gale or Peeta) which i don't see it as that important. At least, i know i wish i had stopped.