- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 542 KB
- Print Length: 454 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1407109084
- Publisher: Scholastic Fiction; 1 edition (3 May 2011)
- Sold by: Amazon UK
- Language English
Overview (courtesy of Amazon)
A fight to the death – on live TV. The game show where you kill or die, and where the winner’s prize is survival. In District 12, where Katniss Everdeen lives, life is harsh and brutal, ruled from afar by the all-powerful leaders of the Capitol. The climax of each year is the savage Hunger Games – where twelve boys and twelve girls from each District face each other in a murderous showdown. When sixteen-year-old Katniss is chosen to represent her district in the Games, everyone thinks it’s a death sentence. Only one person can survive the horrors of the arena. But plucky Katniss has been close to death before. For her, survival is second nature…
My Rating: ★★★★★ (5 out of 5)
What can you say about this book?
There have been countless reviews and praise and it has even been made into a film. When a few people suggested this for the Eclectic Reading challenge I decided I would read it and immediately turned away from reading reviews of the book or film. I didn’t read the blurb on Amazon and I ignored EVERY post that has had The Hunger Games in the title (sorry).
I wanted to read it with an open mind. And I was NOT disappointed.
It is one of those stories that I had to keep reading. I’m surprised that I felt that way about a book aimed at young adults. I’m far removed from young. Young x2 would be more appropriate in fact you could stretch to young x3.
The story is an interesting premise and at times I got waves of Logan’s Run (remember that film and tv series?). It makes me appreciate my circumstances in the world I live in and feel guilt over people who have to fight for food each day. Though at least they don’t have to do that in this arena.
My prejudice at reading the YA genre has been laid to rest and I won’t be so blinkered in deciding what books to read in the future. This eclectic reading challenge has been an eye-opener and I still have some interesting genres to tick off the list.
Within an hour of finishing The Hunger Games I had already downloaded book two of the trilogy. I think that speaks volumes.
This is the sixth book I have read for the Eclectic Reading Challenge 2012. This is the book for the Young Adult category.