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December 10, 2011

The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins

There are alot of people who are asking us what we thought of The Hunger Games trilogy,whether it’s with the book blogging community, YA readers community and our own friends and co-workes/school mates.  There’s only so many ways to describe this fantastic read, and so we thought it would be easier to just say “read about it on the blog!”  <3

Twenty-four are forced to enter. Only the winner survives.
In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. Each year, the districts are forced by the Capitol to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the Hunger Games, a brutal and terrifying fight to the death – televised for all of Panem to see.
Survival is second nature for sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who struggles to feed her mother and younger sister by secretly hunting and gathering beyond the fences of District 12. When Katniss steps in to take the place of her sister in the Hunger Games, she knows it may be her death sentence. If she is to survive, she must weigh survival against humanity and life against love. – synopsis from the book

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Does this not look like it will be such an epic movie?

Like almost everybody on this planet, I’ve read The Hunger Games trilogy, and if you haven’t, you must have been living under a rock or something. I’ll admit when I first read them last summer, I was hesitant. The cover looked awesome, the synopsis was sick, so what could it be that had me so worried? I honestly don’t remember!  It was forgotten because of the awesomeness that is The Hunger Games.
For those of you who don’t know about it, The Hunger Games is based in a world where the only remaining country left is North America. North America has been split up into twelve (it used to be thirteen) districts and the ringmaster is the Capitol where the annual Hunger Games is played. A Hunger Game is when two children (one male, one female), between the ages of twelve and eighteen, are chosen to represent their district by battling other contenders for the title of Victor. It isn’t a friendly challenge either. It’s a futuristic Gladiator battle to the death…think…Survivor (but to the death) meets Lord of the Flies (but to the death), any relationships should be cut off- how can you kill somebody you care about?
Anyways, Katniss who lives in district twelve has learned that her sister, Prim, has been chosen to battle in the Hunger Games. Being a heroic big sister, Katniss volunteers in Prim’s spot, now becoming a contender. The male contender for district 12? Peeta, who Katniss knows for giving her some burned bread for survival (love at first sight). The two are probably going to die. I won’t be shocked. All of district twelve’s contenders have died except for Haymitch Abernathy who is now a rich drunk who has to mentor both of the contenders. I, for one, found Haymitch to be one of my favorite characters in this whole story, he was funny and came up with the whole ‘star-crossed lovers idea’.
The whole beginning of the novel kept up a fun pace, explaining some of the futuristic people and the technology. Some of the people we meet are Katniss’s  stylists like Cinna, who invents her girl on fire persona, and the dress that explodes at one point in the story. Cinna, who I imagined for some reason as Jay Manuel from America’s Next Top Model, was one of the most down to earth characters in the novel, and I thought of him as more than just a character but an actual person. Just like some of the other contenders, like Rue and Cato, one of the two becomes Katniss’s friend while the other will stop at nothing to murder her during the games.
The novel was split into three parts, which I always find cool, and during the middle part they all enter the games where Katniss has a bow as her weapon while everybody else begins murdering each other. Lovely. The details of the games going on was amazing, I could picture Katniss overhearing Peeta talking with the other district contenders, I could imagine the interaction between the contestants, and of course the saddest scene in the whole novel that involved … let’s just say that I bawled my eyes out.
The rest of the novel has Katniss finally acting like a real player in the Hunger Games and the evolvement of Katniss and Peeta…  Do they fall in love? Do they hate each other? Do they not fall in love? I don’t know. Well I do, but why would I tell you? Of course there’s also Gale who Katniss left back at District twelve…
My one hope  for the film adaption is not to make it like Twilight with the ‘team’ thing. It’s just something that I’ve been thinking a lot about lately. The novel is about the need for survival that Katniss has, The Hunger Games wasn’t about romance, but about how she has to play strategically to survive and live on.
How does it end? With a bombshell… only one can win after all and the Game Makers need a Victor. I’ll tell you how it ends… but then again maybe I won’t. If you haven’t already read The Hunger Games, get on it! The novels get better with time.  I finished them all within a week, and had to wait out in the rain for Mockingjay. That’s how good the series was. I waited in the rain on release day. Awesomeness meter= through the roof.
…may the odds be ever in your favor…
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