My rating:⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️Page count:374
Summary From Goodreads:
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.
I CANT EVEN PUT INTO WORDS HOW FREAKIN AMAZING THIS BOOK IS. DONT EVEN MAKE ME TRY. So many people have been recommending this series to me, and I knew I would love it, but I had no idea it would be THIS GOOD. Going into this book, I knew a little bit about the plot, and I actually knew about the ending of the whole series, due to spoilers. That didn’t take away the enjoyment in the least bit, because I knew that Katniss and Peeta would be alright. The suspense was sooooooo nerve wracking, and I couldn’t put the book down AT ALL. (Obviously finished it in a day).
I SHIP KATNISS AND PEETA! The only thing that gave me pause was Gale. However, I was highly influenced because Liam Hemsworth played Gale (who doesn’t love Liam?). But then there’s Peeta. I could go on and on and on about Peeta. Don’t even get me started on the ending where Katniss lets Peeta slip through her fingers.
Okay but seriously, from the start Katniss was already killer material. It says that she tried to drown a kitten because she didn’t want it (Buttercup). Honestly though, I don’t care in the least bit. Katniss is still one of my favorite fictional characters OF ALL TIME.
On another note, Rue’s death KILLED me. In the book, I was reading it to fast to cry, but in the movie, is SOBBED. Her death basically fueled my anger towards the capital times 10.
Overall & Recommendations:
GAH! This series is my new FAVE. (Besides Harry Potter). EVERYONE ALIVE NEEDS THIS BOOK IN THEIR LIFE. Seriously, drop everything you’re doing and read this book. This book is fairly violent, to the point where it would bother most below 13. I still loved it, though (And yes, I know I’ve said that 100 times).
Quotes I Loved:
“Happy Hunger Games! And may the odds be ever in your favor.”
“‘I volunteer!’ I gasp. ‘I volunteer as tribute!'”
“Remember, we’re madly in love, so it’s all right to kiss me anytime you feel like it.”
“And right now, the most dangerous part of the Hunger Games is about to begin.”
“Hope is the only thing stronger than fear.”
“It’s the things we love most that destroy us.”