Tuesday, 26 July 2011

The Hunger Games #1 Review.

Book details:
Paperback: 464 pages
Publisher: Scholastic; 1 edition (5 Jan 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1407109081
ISBN-13: 978-1407109084

Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen regards it as a death sentence when she is forced to represent her district in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV. But Katniss has been close to death before - and survival, for her, is second nature. "The Hunger Games" is a searing novel set in a future with unsettling parallels to our present. Welcome to the deadliest reality TV show ever...


My Rating:
I’ve heard a lot about this book, and usually I don’t succumb to the hype of a book when everyone makes a big deal out of it. Howe ever, however, I did indeed fall prey to the book a few weeks back when I splurged out in Waterstones and ended up buying all 3 of the books in the series.
 Upon coming home I started reading it and after finishing it in one sitting, I wished that I had only read it sooner!
 The book was amazing; Collins brings an edge to the story with her futuristic dystopian society which harbours two courageous and strong kids that battle out in a setting devised for a horror movie.

Analysis of Plot:
The story wasn’t hard to follow at all, a misconception many must have when starting a dystopian and futuristic book, assuming they’ll get lost in the complexity of a plot. However, The Hunger Games was simple and not hard to fall into as it eased you into the setting, how society came to be the way it is and how the main characters of Katniss and Peeta adjust to it.

There’s a dark edge to the setting as Collins describes to readers a society that changed over the years and a harsh regime which wouldn’t be odd back in the 1950’s of the Nazi terror, and Collins also explains how things came to be that way. Swapping over after to the setting of the arena in which the contenders must battle out till life and death. The jungle and the lakes described can almost be visualised, such as her description.

Analysis of Characters:
I loved the main characters Katniss and Peeta; Collins built up substance in them both and rightfully so as they would be the final two contenders of the Hunger Games – they had to be strong and speedy. Yet underneath the hard exterior which we see of them both, especially Katniss who has more to lose, we see the undercurrent of emotions. Katniss’s immeasurable love for her sister Prim, which also shadows her throughout the novel as we see how she envisions another contender as a friend based on how she reminds her of Prim. Similarly, we see how Peeta declares his emotions to not just Katniss but the whole society, which saves not only him but Katniss too later on. The characters were strong, reliable, and gorgeous. I loved them both!

Collin’s first book in the series was a hit for sure. I loved the book and couldn’t wait to get through the next two, almost devouring them each within a couple of hours! They were well worth the money as the book is gorgeously written with the right amount of fluency, thriller, romance and action. Definitelywell worth the read.

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