Series: Hunger Games Trilogy 1
First Published: October 31, 2008
Goodreads Blurb: In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.
Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives alone with her mother and younger sister Primrose, regards it as a death sentence when she steps forward to take her sister's place in the Games. But Katniss has been close to dead before — and survival, for her, is second nature. Without really meaning to, she becomes a contender. But if she is to win, she will have to start making choices that will weigh survival against humanity and life against love.
Like many others, I wanted to have a look into the books before the movies comes out. Now that I did, I look forward to see it in color and motion even more. I hope they'll do a good job on that movie! But back to the book:
First person narrator... I tend to encounter that more and more often, but I think it's a perfect fit here, so not much degrading for that. However, the writing was quite plain, actually. It was filled with action and emotion to a satisfying degree, but the writing style itself was nothing to fall in awe about. The plot and characters made up for that, though. Although this is shown out of Katniss's view, you can piece together everything she misses about the other characters, which is very good and very important. The plot... developed rather slowly in the beginning, but towards the end, I was right there with Katniss everytime she tought, 'Now. It's over now,' but then there came another plot twist, and another... Just great. Nerv-wrecking, but perfectly awesome.
And the whole idea of it! First the drawing of the tributes, then the love-game angle, and - of course - the games itself. I mean, you can create a good tension without killing of the 'main' characters, but the way it is done here... So close and side-note at the same time, so unfair, so final... Not the usual, and I love it. However, now that the games are over, what will happen next? I have really no clue, and I'm a little anxious if the other two insallments can keep up the tension and attention as the first one did.
Rating: Style: 3.5/5 -- Plot: 5+/5 -- Characters: 5/5 -- Suspense: 4/5 -- Drama: 5/5 -- Humor: 3/5 -- Fantasy: 5/5
Overall Rating: 5 Hoods
Further quotes I liked:
The rules of the Hunger Games are simple. In punishment for the uprising, each of the twelve districs must provide one girl and one boy, called tributes, to participate. The twenty-four tributes will be imprisoned in a vast outdoor arena that could hold anything from a burning desert to a frozen wasteland. Over a period of several weeks, the competitors must fight to the death. The last tribute standing wins.
I keep holding on [to Peeta's hand], but I can't help feeling strange about the way Cinna has linked us together. It's not really fair to present us as a team and then lock us into the arena to kill each other.
"I'm sure they didn't notice anything but you. You should wear flames more often," he says. "They suit you." And then he gives me a smile that seems so genuinely sweet with just the right touch of shyness that unexpected warmth rushes through me.
Haymitch couldn't be sending me a clearer message. One kiss equals one pot of broth. I can almost hear his snarl. "You're supposed to be in love, sweetheart. The boy's dying. Give me something I can work with!"
And he's right. If I want to keep Peeta alive, I've got to give the audience something more to care about. Star-crossed lovers desperate to get home together. Two hearts beating as one.