Friday, September 9, 2011

Review: The Hunger Games

Okay, so I'm a bit late for this train.

In all honesty, I tried to pick up this book twice and it just was not happening. Apparently third time is the charm because I picked it up yesterday and already finished it today. It is a fantastic book! I have an overall fantastic view of young adult literature, but this one was surprising and fresh.

The story is about Katniss, a girl who is poor and who lives in District 12 in what used to be North America. She hunts with her best friend Gale in order to feed their families. There is an annual event called the Hunger Games. This basically means that a boy and a girl are chosen from each of the 12 districts to compete in a basically barbaric "survival of the fittest" game. Katniss finds herself within this game with her fellow District 12 native, Peeta.

The book is action-packed and thrilling, to say the least. However, what I think was most refreshing was that although there is a love story in this book - it is not the run-of-the-mill normal kind of love story. In other words, be prepared to race out and get the next book. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys action YA books with a dose of a love story.


  1. I didn't think I would like this book but it was SO GREAT! I agree with you that the love story wasn't overdone, it was really written well. I just reviewed Graceling by Krisitin Cashore and it was similar with the balance of action and refreshing love story. Great blog!! xoxo

    1. I thought the same thing! The love story was subtle and wasn't the usual kind I read in books (the girl falls deeply in love with the guy almost right away). I've heard of Graceling and now I'm really curious about it! Thanks for the recommendation and the compliment! :)