A fast paced, action packed story with perfectly flawed characters. This book will keep you on the edge of your seat till the very last page.
The nation of Panem, formed from a post-apocalyptic North America, is a country that consists of a wealthy Capitol region surrounded by 12 poorer districts. Early in its history, a rebellion led by a 13th district against the Capitol resulted in its destruction and the creation of an annual televised event known as the Hunger Games. In punishment, and as a reminder of the power and grace of the Capitol, each district must yield one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 through a lottery system to participate in the games. The ‘tributes’ are chosen during the annual Reaping and are forced to fight to the death, leaving only one survivor to claim victory.
When 16-year-old Katniss’s young sister, Prim, is selected as District 12’s female representative, Katniss volunteers to take her place. She and her male counterpart Peeta, are pitted against bigger, stronger representatives, some of whom have trained for this their whole lives. , she sees it as a death sentence. But Katniss has been close to death before. For her, survival is second nature.
Yes, I’ve FINALLY done it. I’ve read the Hunger Games. And I’m like the last person on earth to do it.
When I picked up this book, I was scared not to like it. Everybody and their uncle loves this book and I wanted to be part of that. And I am part of it!
The story starts immediately with a pace. There is no backstory given and we just get going, which makes it really easy to get into the story. Background information is given throughout the book at moments where it is relevant to what Katniss is experiencing at that time. This way there are no big info dumps that would slow the story down.
The storyline is very well crafted and progresses at a nice and steady pace. Suzanne makes sure there is always something going on and she makes you want to know what will happen on the next page. The story is very action packed and keeps working up to the next confrontation or fight. And those scenes makes your heart beat rapidly in the back of your throat as you flip the pages as a maniac.
The characters in this book just blew my mind. They are so amazingly crafted and have many dimensions. The success of the characters are their flaws. All the characters have a unique and large list of believable flaws and imperfections which make them very real.
Every character has a very strong and distinct voice as well.
Katniss is a strong woman even though she doesn’t always see it. But she knows her strengths and weaknesses very well. She is very honest to herself, but questions everyone around her. She is very clever and this she does know.
Katniss sometimes seems like a cold person, but her love for Prim gives her a big heart.
Peeta is just so very kind and true to what he believes. Katniss thinks he’s weak for being so kind and emotional and just so open when she first gets to know him. But secretly it’s something she is jealous of.
Peeta, even though he seems so open, has a sense of mystery. He keeps making surprising decisions and keeps showing flashes of so much more than he pretends to be.
Haymitch and Effie are so well crafted and molded to complete the story. They are everything Katniss and Peeta need at different times for different reasons.
Overall this book is perfect for a reading slump. It’s fast paced, action packed, interesting and still well crafted. The characters keep you invested and the action makes your heart race.