In a future North America, where the rulers of Panem maintain control through an annual televised survival competition pitting young people from each of the twelve districts against one another, sixteen-year-old Katniss's skills are put to the test when she voluntarily takes her younger sister's place.
I am not pretty. I am not beautiful. I am as radiant as the sun.
I lost count of how many times I have been spoiled before reading The Hunger Games. But because I became lost in the book, deeply involved in the matter of everything in it, none of the spoilers affected me. Yes, it is that good. And if you haven’t started the series yet, I suggest you get The Hunger Games and read it now.
One of the things I love is the plot -- very unique, influential, organized, and amazing. The setting Suzanne Collins has created matches this type of plot, and it is so brilliant. You get a vivid picture in your mind of what the world in this book looks like. [(no spoilers ahead) To those who have read it: how did you picture the Cornucopia? I remember it being described as a golden cone that sticks out of the ground, and that’s exactly how I pictured it. But how were people supposed to climb it if it’s a cone? Don’t they slide right down?]
And the thing I love most is the characters. Katniss is a wonderful heroine. I admire her and her strength and her archery skills and everything else. She’s awesome, to say the least. One lucky girl, too. She has two guys pining for her and I do like them both, but I would have to go with Peeta. He is...heartbreaking, and that is all I’m going to say, but it’s true; he makes my heart break. The other guy is Gale, and although we don’t see much of him, he is good for Katniss and if not for Peeta, I would choose him. But anyway, I won’t get into the Eternal Debate (which you take a look at over at Steph Su’s blog).
All I am trying to say is, this book is unbelievably good. And I am absolutely dying of the excruciating pain of waiting for the third book, Mockingjay.
If you would like to view Steff’s thoughts on The Hunger Games, click here.