Book: The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games #1)Author: Suzanne Collins
Publication date: October 31, 2008
After reading the last page and closing the book with a disbelief written all over my face, I knew right there and then that this was going to be my favorite book. This book had it all, the drama, thriller (gore!), suspense, comedy, and (YES) the romance! My expectations from the beginning were extremely high, from all the amazed reviews and positive comments... it even exceeded my expectations and completely WOW'ed the heck out of me. So let's start with the pro's of this book, because there are oh-so many!
The plot was a constant thrill. I never knew an author could be so creative in creating suspense on so many different levels. At the end of each chapter (I promise you I am not over exaggerating) there was a cliffhanger. That just made the whole book going, which was very fast paced from beginning to end. The plot was consistently exhilarating, which almost made me feel guilty every time I put the book down as I always wanted to check up on Katniss Everdeen (the protagonist of this magnificent story) and how on earth she would wrangle and untangle herself from one knotted situation to the next. I have never read anything like it, and so far still haven't ran into another plot like this.
There are many superb characters in this book, which genuinely made the story. But I will only discuss 3 of the main ones (in my opinion):
Katniss Everdeen- Katniss Everdeen in the protagonist of this book. She is the girl from district12 who volunteers on behalf of her sister, Prime, to be the girl tribute of the hunger games. She is an amazing, strong-willed, individual, determined, brave (etc, etc..) character. She is a kick ass girl whom is even more lethal with a bow and arrow in her hands. She was, and still is, the most favorite character I have followed in a book. Her charisma and personality are very believable, making you root for her the moment you turn over the very first page of the book.
Peeta Mellark- Peeta Mellark is the boy of district 12 who gets chosen by the Capital (the wealthy, barbaric, controlling government of Panem) to compete in the hunger games, alongside Katniss Everdeen. Peeta is a (emotionally) strong, self-conscious, devoted and (very!) lovable character. You can't help but falling in love with his personality and who he represents! I was definitely rooting for him ;)
Cinna- Even though Cinna is not one of the main characters of this book, I found his character the most symbolic. He is the stylist of Katniss before the hunger games. He is the rock of Katniss, supporting her and keeping her grounded throughout the ceremony prior to the hunger games. Cinna is a wonderful character. Suzanne Collins described and portrayed him in such a way which made you consistently grateful that he is there throughout all the madness.
The book is written in first person, through the eyes and mind of Katniss Everdeen. I definitely favor this writing style. As a reader, you are"literally" living and breathing through Katniss. You feel, see, smell, hear, taste everything what Katniss goes through. It strengthened the story to a point that you basically felt you were in the entire Panem world and hunger games arena, with Katniss.
I know this sounds super lame as a reviewer, but I am really having a hard time trying to find negative points of this book... uhm... perhaps Ms. Collins should have made the book last even longer? It's so difficult to find the cons, because I was completely indulged in this book and for 2 days straight, this book was my world... and I had nothing to complain about it.
So there you have it, and it probably won't happen often, but in my opinion: the cons are non-existent for this book!