Katniss is a 16-year-old girl living with her mother and younger sister in the poorest district of Panem, the remains of what used be the United States. Long ago the districts waged war on the Capitol and were defeated. As part of the surrender terms, each district agreed to send one boy and one girl to appear in an annual televised event called, "The Hunger Games." The terrain, rules, and level of audience participation may change but one thing is constant: kill or be killed. When Kat's sister is chosen by lottery, Kat steps up to go in her place.
What i thought:Okay, im just going to go out and say it: this novel is completely astounding. There. I said it. The Hunger Games completely outshines almost every single novel that i have claimed to love. Each and every page is filled with some sort of shock, some sort of revelation that will stun you to silence. Every word is powerful, and holds so much meaning that you will be crying at the simplest of sentances. This novel is truly as close to perfect as its going to get. It is so suspensfull--i guarentee your palms will be sweating by the time you reach page 10. The story kept me up for several nights in a row, because even after I made myself stop and shut it, I just lay in bed wide awake thinking about it for hours at a time.
Katniss herself is captivating, and her sturdy personality never disappoints. Peeta is absolutely amazing, and, if i say so myself, he would make a fabulous boyfriend to any lady out there in Fiction Land. The other tributes all have their own distinguishing characteristics and quirks that made each and every one of them stand out among the crowd.
Suzanne's writing itself was just mind-boggling to me. Her voice is constantly clear and unique, able to be discussing a first kiss in deadly circumstances to an attack by mutant dogs and still maintain an amazing way of displaying emotions and describing the scene at once.
This novel is an unforgettable whirlwind of action, adventure, family, and romance. like very few others, this novel willl stun you into silence too many times to count, and bring tears to your eyes at the fierce displays of emotion.
Completely shocking and thrilling, this novel will amaze you in ways you have not been amazed, touch your heart in places that have yet to be touched. The Hunger Games is one that will never be forgotten, even months after you have shut its cover.
I recommend this to just about every reader out there, from ages 11 to 100. This novel will most definately be one of your favorites.
For those of you who have already read--and loved--this novel, dont forget to keep an eye open for Catching Fire, the highly anticipated sequel. i'm hoping . . . things will happen in this novel, arent you?
Sadly, it wont be released until September 1st. I know, weep with me:(
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