The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (Book Review #203)

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins


This futuristic fantasy takes place in a post apocalyptic United States and is very fast paced.  I thought it was a little predictible and reminded me of a cross between The Lottery by Shirley Jackson and a teen Survivor.  Of course I had to go back to the library and get Catching Fire so I could read the next installment right away. 

The characters are the true stars of this story.  I really liked Katniss, Gale and Peeta.  They all have enough detail to make them interesting.  I hope the next book will have more to say about Peeta and Gale.  I think this is appropriate for older teens since there is some violence, not much sex (a little kissing) and alcohol abuse. 

Product Description

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.

About the Author
SUZANNE COLLINS’s debut novel, Gregor the Overlander, the first book in the Underland Chronicles, received wide praise both in the United States and abroad. The series has been a New York Times bestseller and received numerous accolades. Also a writer for childrenÂ’s television, Suzanne lives with her family in Connecticut.
Product Details

Reading level: Young Adult
Hardcover: 384 pages
Publisher: Scholastic Press (September 14, 2008)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0439023483
ISBN-13: 978-0439023481



  1. I really enjoyed them. I kind of liked Hunger Games better but they were both fast and fun!

    Thanks for the review.

  2. I just read and reviewed this. And I sooo loved it also. I'm so excited about the movie it should really be dark and crazy. I'm thinking Mad Max meets Dark Angel.

  3. I am in love with this series! I'm excited to see who they'll cast in the movie, especially for Peeta. :)

  4. Thanks so much for the news about the movie -- it will be a good one!

  5. Glad you liked it, I also thought that it was awesome! Can't wait for book three:D


  6. I just recently read these as well!! Definitely a fun read!! Can't wait for the third!!


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