Book 1: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
I was at my aunt’s house a few weeks ago when we got on the topic of books. My aunt commented that I must have read The Hunger Games before, and she was shocked to discover that I hadn’t. This wasn’t the first time I had heard about the trilogy, but it was at that moment that I knew I must add the books to my list of 52 books to read in 52 weeks. It wasn’t until I discovered that my sister was reading the first one and wouldn’t stop squealing about how amazing it was that I knew it would be the first one I read this year.
Title: The Hunger Games
Author: Suzanne Collins
Page Count: About 375
Genre: Young adult/dystopia
Every year, a boy and a girl between the ages of 12 and 18 are chosen from each of the 12 districts of the country that used to be North America. Those 24 children are then placed in an arena and forced to fight to the death. Only one can survive. These are the Hunger Games, and this novel tells the story of Katniss Everdeen, one of the tributes from District 12. Can she manage to make it to the end, or will she be killed off with the others?
A definite page turner. I finished the novel in 24.5 hours – 9.5 once you account for sleep and time spent with the family, when I couldn’t read. I read the first 40 pages while we drove to my aunt’s house, and I was crying most of the way there. Granted, part of that is probably because I’ve been really emotional and weepy the last year or so, but part of it is definitely because it was a very emotional couple of scenes. I cried during several other parts in the book. The only reason I haven’t already started reading the second one is because I wanted to write this review without being influenced by the second one. Also, my sister isn’t done with the third one yet, and I don’t want to finish the second one until I know I can get the third one from her.
I highly recommend this book. I wouldn’t necessarily recommend this for small children, but I definitely find it worth reading. I can’t believe I didn’t read this sooner.