Series: Hunger Games #1
Published by Scholastic Press on September 14, 2008
Genres: Dystopian, YA
Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don't live to see the morning?
In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.
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.
If she is to win, she will have to start making choices that will weigh survival against humanity and life against love.
So the other day I was just chillin at work and I checked my facebook and saw that my brother posted that he was currently reading The Hunger Games and couldn’t put it down. My brother can tell you exactly how many books he’s read (All the Harry Potter books and a couple of Dean Koontz) so I was beyond excited to see that he was reading it… and that it was so good he couldn’t put it down. Since I haven’t reviewed The Hunger Games on my blog I thought it would be fun for him to review the book question and answer style.
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1. Why did you decide to read The Hunger Games?
Everyone keeps talking about how good it is and how good the movie is and it was just sitting on the end table and I was bored so I picked it up and started reading it.
2. How long did it take you to read The Hunger Games?
A day and a half. I was really tired but every time I put it down I had to pick it back up.
3. What did you think?
It was really good. I want to read the other two books too.
4. What was your favorite part of the book?
My favorite part was when Katniss blew up all the food, finds rue and shoots the arrow through that guy.
5. What didn’t you like about the book?
I was really confused in the beginning. Didn’t understand what the Hunger Games were.
6. Who was your favorite character?
Rue. She jumps from tree to tree and that’s pretty badass. I question how she died. If she jumps from tree to tree and doesn’t spend anytime on the ground, how does she get caught in the open field. She should have only been on the ground for a bit to set and start the fire.
7. What are your thoughts on Katniss taking her sister’s place?
It’s something that should have been done. She is older and a hunter so she stood a better chance.
8. If you were selected in the Hunger Games would you expect me to take your place?
No, I’m a boy. And you don’t even play sports. You wouldn’t make it. (I should be offended by this, but I’m not. Because it’s true.)
9. What are your thoughts about the berries?
Are we sure they were the poisonous ones? Katniss could have been faking it or switched the berries. If the capitol wouldn’t have stopped them I don’t think Katniss would have followed through and ate the poisonous berries.
10. What are your thoughts on the next two books?
Obviously they are going to take down the capitol. Next book might be about stopping the Hunger Games, the third about taking down the capitol.
11. I have to ask. Peeta or Gale?
Gale. He has a solid relationship with Gale and it’s not fake. Katniss is an idiot for not realizing Peeta loves her. Gale would be a better fit for Katniss because they’ve known each other a long time and their feelings are real, not just for show.
4 out of 5 stars. It’s not as good as Harry Potter.
Well, there you have it. The Hunger Games from my brothers perspective.