The Hunger Games written by Suzanne Collins
Publisher Scholastic Press
Publication Date: September 14th 2008
Series: The Hunger Games #1
Narrated by Carolyn McCormick
Length: 11 hrs and 14 mins
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Winning will make you famous.
Losing means certain death.
The nation of Panem, formed from a post-apocalyptic North America, is a country that consists of a wealthy Capitol region surrounded by 12 poorer districts. Early in its history, a rebellion led by a 13th district against the Capitol resulted in its destruction and the creation of an annual televised event known as the Hunger Games. In punishment, and as a reminder of the power and grace of the Capitol, each district must yield one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 through a lottery system to participate in the games. The 'tributes' are chosen during the annual Reaping and are forced to fight to the death, leaving only one survivor to claim victory.
When 16-year-old Katniss's young sister, Prim, is selected as District 12's female representative, Katniss volunteers to take her place. She and her male counterpart Peeta, are pitted against bigger, stronger representatives, some of whom have trained for this their whole lives. , she sees it as a death sentence. But Katniss has been close to death before. For her, survival is second nature.
“And may the odds be forever in your favor…”
I don’t know how to start reviewing this book at all! I have been putting off reading this book since – well, forever and I regret it! It was a few years ago when I started reading this book but did not finish it and last Christmas, I actually bought a hardbound set of the Trilogy. It wasn’t until last week (YES LAST WEEK!) that I decided to try it in audiobook format. I wasn’t disappointed.
Although I had seen the movie before, it hadn’t ruined my reading Hunger Games. The book feels rawer than the movie ever did (movie review soon). I love Suzanne Collins’ writing. The first person narration was not annoying to read and I love reading Katniss’ thoughts.
Katniss Everdeen is a very unique heroine. I absolutely love her. And since I have read all three books, I love her all the more. Her multidimensional character is very unique, especially in the saturated YA genre with female heroines. In fact, I have never read about any YA heroine that can match her. I struggled with her and rooted for her throughout the Games.
Collins’ world-building is exceptional. She describes everything in great detail where I can imagine what everything looks like despite seeing the movie first. All her characters are multidimensional, unique in their own way and very very different.
The Hunger Games is a masterpiece. 5 FREAKING hearts!
I also want to add that I do not like the cover. In fact, when I saw this at the bookstore, it did not make me want to pick it up! Maybe the book cover influenced my decision for not finishing it?
Narrated by Carolyn McCormick, I had a problem with the audiobook. For the first few chapters, I felt her narration was a little bit stiff and monotone which felt a little bit like she was reading to a child. Well, granting that this is a YA book, but still! The voices that she used for Prim and Effie were very annoying. I was able to tune out on the voices that she used after that and I was very glad that her narration did not turn me off from finishing the book!