Re-read & Review #2: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Posted December 12, 2013 by Bee in Memes & Features, Reviews / 1 Comment

Re-read & Review is a new, (two-)weekly feature on Istyria book blog. The basic idea of this feature is that I re-read and review books that I’ve read, but not reviewed. (Or they have a review, but it’s so short that it barely qualifies as a review.)

Re-read & Review #2: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

The Hunger Games


by Suzanne Collins
Series: The Hunger Games #1
Pages: 374
Published on September 14th 2008
by Scholastic
Genres: Dystopian, Young Adult
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased
Amazon | B&N | Goodreads

Also by this author: Catching Fire

Winning will make you famous.
Losing means certain death.

In a dark vision of the near future, a terrifying reality TV show is taking place. Twelve boys and twelve girls are forced to appear in a live event called the Hunger Games. There is only one rule: kill or be killed.

When sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen steps forward to take her sister's place in the games, she sees it as a death sentence. But Katniss has been close to death before. For her, survival is second nature.

5 Stars

 

Review

This was the first dystopian book I had ever read, all those years ago, and I remember how mesmerized I was when I finished it. I had borrowed a copy in the library and I read it back to back in a few hours. I just couldn’t put it down. And I would’ve never even know about it if it wasn’t for that one friend that recommended it to me. My first thought after finishing it was: “This is not a book for kids.” And now that I’ve read it again… I know it isn’t.

I don’t really have to tell you what it’s about, is it? Okay, good. Let’s skip that then. I’ll tell you my reasons for re-reading and reviewing this book instead. I was watching Catching Fire in the movie theatre and I wanted to read these books again. Actually, there are so many books I want to read again that I haven’t reviewed yet. Or the reviews are so short you can barely count them as reviews. So I decided to make a new feature on my blog that would give me the opportunity to do just that. And I know that sometimes, you don’t like a book as much as you did the first time you read it and sometimes it’s backwards. You didn’t like it that much the first time and when you re-read it, you love it. But I don’t care. So now on to the review itself.

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I still love this book. It’s a real page-turner and I still can’t put it down. The writing is amazing and the world-building one of the best I’ve come across in dystopian books. And it’s so original too. At least it was when it came out. It’s easy to relate to Katniss and I really get a lot of feels when I read about her district and how life is in the world she lives in. People can be very cruel and in this book they are. I mean, even the idea of the Games is awful and mean. And although the world now may not be perfect, people would never let that happen. That president is one heartless son of a *peep*.

The romance in this book seems not that big. Yeah you have Katniss and Gale, but it doesn’t feel romantic. And then you have Katniss and Peeta, and that feels more real, but then again, it may be an act. Even so, I’m all for Katniss and Peeta.

Katniss is on my top ten heroines list for sure. I just adore her character. She’s smart, cool, sweet, caring,… And she’s awesome with a bow and arrow. I love her, a lot! And I love Peeta too, he’s such a sweet guy! And her sister and mother and all those other characters. Even Effie is lovable. But Haymitch is just… cool. He’s awesome.

I’m going to talk about the movie too for a bit. I think it’s a pretty good adaption and I’ve seen it a lot the last couple of years. The casting is great. Jennifer Lawrence is perfect as Katniss, no doubt about that! Could this have been better? Yeah sure, they left out some things I would’ve wanted to see in the movie, but I know you can’t put everything in there. So it’s a good adaption and I’m sure I’ll see it more in the future.

That’s it for this review. I certainly recommend this book to dystopian fans who haven’t read it yet and I’d say it’s worth a re-read if you have.

Bee

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