The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
General Summary (this is a personal summary so may contain things you may consider spoilery):
Dystopia future America in which the government has implemented a serious of violent, to-the-death series of games in which contestants are chose from the ages of 12-17. This is the first book in the series in which we follow two tributes from their homes in the 12th district to violent and devastating world of the games in the 1st district.
My Overall Opinion:
Ok first blog here we go. So the first hunger games book was recommended to me by my mom, she told me that it was a really quick read because it was obviously intended for the young adult/teen crowd. i was not expecting it to be so gripping i literally read this one in one day, i almost skipped class just so i could finish it. I knew about the premise of the story because i had read some fanfiction that was loosely based on it but other than that i didn’t know what it was about. First i love love love Katniss Everdeen, i think she is an amazing female character because she doesn’t play into any “female” role. she isn’t the love sick puppy like Bella Swan of Twilight but neither is she the butch tomboy that so many non-girly girls get pushed into (i don’t have a literary example for this one but just watch any Michelle Rodriguez movie). I like that katniss takes care of her family not by cleaning house or prostitution or being the town bitch, but she uses her natural instincts and the skills her father taught her and goes out and hunts. What i think really makes this story successful is the inner monologue from the first person perspective which you don’t get a lot. but what Collins manages to do is to give the reader insight into all the characters without too much of katniss’s bias and yet we still see her side. Once the action begins it’s hard to pinpoint individual things that really caught my eye but i think the fast pace of the story is something that kept me interested. the fact that everyone was so apathetic to their plight was pretty accurate to how people respond to government mandates, especially into today’s society among the youth. overall i felt like this was a real wake up call to open my eyes and look at what’s going on around me and whether or not i’m willing to fight for it. oh and peeta! how i love peeta and his baker’s hands! lol. seriously though i loved all their interaction and at the same time hated it because of the whole reasoning for katniss, survival, but i can’t blame her she did what she had to do (and what she thought she had to do). for me the violence wasn’t that intense but i’ve been watching gory/violent movies since i was a little girl so i’m pretty desensitized to that kind of stuff. plus i love dystopia books so i was all for it.