Books I Love: The Hunger Games

I resisted reading The Hunger Games for a long time, so I know I’m coming to this super late, but wow, this book is amazing.

I don’t get a lot of reading time at the moment (being a mother to a tornado toddler) but I’ve devoured the first two in this YA trilogy in record time and am currently finishing the third.

Katniss is sixteen and lives with her mother and sister in one of the poorest districts of what used to be the United States. Each district must send one boy and one girl as a tribute to take part in the annual Hunger Games, a televised reality show where the last one left standing (i.e. alive) is the winner. When Katniss’s sister is chosen as tribute, Katniss volunteers to take her place.

It’s the ultimate story of survival and had me on the edge of my seat, desperate to know who came out alive. I can’t wait for the film later this year. I just hope they do it justice – I hate it when you’re passionate about a book and then the film lets it down.

Published by Karen Saunders

I'm a writer for children and teenagers. I'm the author of the Me, Suzy P series, and just like Suzy, I'm a walking disaster area. I also suffer from embarrassment-itis. Ask me about the time I got my nose broken in a tickling fight, or ended up in plaster after opening a window or fell in a huge hole or walked into a lamp-post. There are loads more, as well... I'm also the author of the picture book Baby Badger's Wonderful Night. I have little in common with badgers.

3 thoughts on “Books I Love: The Hunger Games

  1. I was in the same boat. I just didn’t even think about the book, but someone asked for it for a secret santa this past holiday season. So I decided to give it a shot. I couldn’t stop reading it. The fact that it is youth fiction makes it a quick fast read, but the story is riveting; you just have to know what happens next. And I don’t know if it was something that I experienced, the books made me feel uncomfortable at the right times; like at the end of the first book or during the third. It makes you so invested in the characters. Amazing. I am looking forward to the movie as well, but I’ll probably hate it because I’m that kind of reader.

  2. The book is definitely better than the movie, you were right, it’s a bit disappointing. The movie has a lot of cool visual effects and can be interesting to those who didn’t read the book. After I watched the film I came back home and started reading it for the second time so that I could remember the emotions it aroused in me.
    Thank you for the short and informative review, I’m sure many people will want to read Hunger Games following your advice.

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