The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins

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This book kidnapped me from the word go, I wrote in my weekend reads blog that I had downloaded an e-copy of this book on my phone but wasn’t enjoying it because it was difficult to read. I am so happy I bought the proper hard copy because once I started I couldn’t put it down.

The Hunger Games depicts the lives of citizens within 12 districts following a huge conflict forcing the areas to live in a certain manner for survival. District 12, the poorest of them all holds the main protagonist Katniss Everdeen who is forced to hunt for food for her mother and sister whilst unconsciously building a strong, courageous personality.

Unfortunately, her life changes as she enters the The Hunger Games, designed to try the strength and skill of 24 competitors against each other until the bloody death, leaving one to claim victory. This book has an amazing ability to capture the mind of its reader. The layout, the use of descriptions and the writing style are all brilliantly constructed.

The book does contain a romance; however I particularly enjoyed not just the relationship between two people but the ever changing and evolving relationships between all the characters throughout. The reader has a chance to develop their own opinion of characters as the plot unravels and their personalities are introduced individually without the mind of the narrator exposing them primarily.

Obviously it goes without saying that this book is popular and has dominated the book world and the cinema world for quite some time with the second film having already been released but this is the first time I have paid this series any attention. Honestly I have avoided the entire mention of it for some time, mostly because there is a high chance of coming across spoilers across the internet. I also didn’t see sense in watching the movie first because this can ruin any expectations of the book. Now that I have come to my senses and read the book, I am excited to read the next two instalments and hopefully I will soon. At this time I am thinking I will spread the books out across the next two months and maybe even fit in the first movie somewhere in between.

I am giving The Hunger Games a 5 out of 5 over on goodreads because it is such an original plot with so many twists and turns, it had me so hooked I read the entire book in one day. Despite having started it on my phone I wanted to give it a fresh start and I am so glad I did. This book is perfect for any dystopian loving bookworms out there or anyone that love a dark romance. The Hunger Games carries the sort of plot similar to Divergent by Veronica Roth that would suit any reader that is looking for something a bit different and gripping. I thoroughly enjoyed it and am looking forward to reading the next two very soon.

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