Review: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

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Publisher: Scholastic
Release date: December 1, 2011 (originally September 14, 2008)
Format: Paperback (boxset edition)
Source: Purchased
Pages: 454
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Winning will make you famous.
Losing means certain death.

In a dark vision of the near future, twelve boys and twelve girls are forced to appear in a live TV show called the Hunger Games. There is only one rule: kill or be killed.

When sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen steps forward to take her sister’s place in the games, she sees it as a death sentence. But Katniss has been close to death before. For her, survival is second nature.

May the odds be ever in your favour.

MY THOUGHTS

45 stars

I finally read The Hunger Games! Going in to the book, I kinda knew what the book was about without really knowing anything and this was reflected in my reading experience. As I was reading, I felt like I was reading something very familiar, but still feeling completely shocked and surprised by a lot of things in the book. There’s probably not a lot that I can say about this book in my review that hasn’t already been said but here’s my experience with The Hunger Games anyway.

Dystopian novels aren’t really high on my list of preferred genres, which is one reason why I haven’t read or watched anything from The Hunger Games franchise until now. But I ended up enjoying this book a lot more than I thought I would. It was thrilling and action-packed and I enjoyed the small bit of brutality that was in the novel. I also enjoyed how the book doesn’t really waste any time and goes straight into the plot from the very first chapter. It’s very fast-paced and I don’t think there was any part of the book that felt draggy. There were a few twists and turns in the book that I really, really liked and they kept me interested in the story. Like who doesn’t love a mutant dog? In addition to the action of the plot, it also has a ‘reality TV’, competition aspect that I think appeals broadly to YA readers.

The characters in the book were also great. I thought they were nicely developed and I got a good sense of who they all were. Katniss is such a fierce and smart character, with some crazy survival skills that I wish I had. She’s quite an aspirational character and I loved almost everything about her. I did, however, think that she was a bit oblivious when it came to the way she perceived herself and others. I think there’s definitely room for development on that front and I’m keen to see how she changes throughout the trilogy. I also really liked a lot of the side characters in the book, especially some of the other tributes. Rue was a beautiful character and I wish we could have seen more of her. And of course, I loved Peeta. He’s definitely my kind of character and I really felt for him at the end of the book. I’m keen to see how this plays out in the next two books.

Overall, The Hunger Games is worth the hype for me. I was definitely skeptical going into the trilogy but it exceeded my expectations and I’m keen to see how the rest of the series plays out, though I do think this novel can stand alone by itself.

#ReadThemAllThon TBR Pile

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I’m so excited to be participating in the #ReadThemAllThon, created and hosted by the brilliant Aentee @ Read at Midnight. This readathon celebrates our love of books and our newfound obsession with Pokemon Go! To find out more about the challenges and rules, check out Aentee’s sign up post and her TBR pile!

All graphics in this post were made by Aentee except the trainer card that I made below.

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I’m a pretty fast reader so I think I can handle having Magikarp as my chosen Pokemon. Even though it’s kind of useless, it evolves into the fiercest and most wonderful Pokemon there is, Gyarados. In this readathon, Magikarp doesn’t evolve until it reaches 450CP, so I have lots of work and reading ahead of me!


TBR Pile

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So my TBR for this readathon is actually made up of books that I’ve been meaning to read for a very long time. They’re all super popular and I’m finally getting to them now. To break things up, I’ve included one new release but I’m hoping to use these three weeks to finally catch up on some books that I should have read ages ago.
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It’s been a long time coming but I’m hoping to finally read The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson. The Mistborn series has been sitting on my shelf for far too long and I’m finally going to conquer it next month!

647 pages, potential +64CP

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I’m not sure if Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys will make me cry, but I’ve read so many rave reviews that have said that it’s emotional and heartbreaking. I’m a book cryer… I cry super easily so I’m sure this one will fit the category.

400 pages, potential +40CP

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For this one, I’ve gone with Vicious by V.E. Schwab. I’ve heard countless good things about it and everyone says it’s their favourite Schwab book so I’m going to trust the hype and dive in.

340 pages, potential +34CP

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The Great American Whatever by Tim Federle is the only newish release in my TBR stack but I’ve been dying to read this book! In fact I want to read it right now but I have too many other books that I need to read first T_T. This will probably be the first book I’m going to pick up for the readathon.

288 pages, potential +28CP

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I’m going to be meeting Rainbow Rowell at the end of August and early September so I’m going to finally read Eleanor & Park this month. It was the first Rainbow Rowell book I ever bought and I actually started it as soon as I bought it… but somehow it remains the only book of hers I haven’t completed. I’ve heard that Eleanor and Park are great together in this book so I’m looking forward to what the romance has to offer 🙂

325 pages, potential +32CP

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For this challenge, I’ll be reading one of my most anticipated releases of the year. I’ve had All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders for months but still haven’t found the time to pick it up. This one has a really interesting synopsis with lots of cool fantasy elements. I’m excited!

432 pages, potential +43CP

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I had a hard time choosing a book for this. I couldn’t really find an unread book on my shelf that had a cover that was entirely red. Until I remembered that I still haven’t read A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab. The UK cover for this book is red!

508 pages, potential +50CP

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Everyone’s going to yell at me in the comments about this one… but I’ve never read The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. Yup. But I do plan on reading at least the first book for this readathon.

374 pages, potential +37CP


There is a +20CP bonus for each gym badge/book I complete, so if I finish all 8 books, my potential total is 488CP!

And since my Magikarp can evolve into Gyarados (+120CP) when it reaches 450CP, I should have a grand total of 608CP before Twitter and review bonuses. BRING IT ON!

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Finished Series I Have Yet To Start

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Top Ten Tuesday is an original weekly meme created by the team at The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is actually Ten Finished Series I Have Yet To Finish, but I usually marathon series from start to finish, so I couldn’t really think of any series that I’ve started but haven’t finished. I decided, instead to feature finished series that I have yet to start (and want to start). As always, my list is in no particular order.

Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson:
This is on a lot of people’s all-time favourites list. I’ve been recommended this numerous times so I definitely need to get to it some time this year!

Chaos Walking by Patrick Ness:
This is a trilogy that I never paid very much attention to but recently it’s been catching my attention at every book store I go to. The concept of it sounds very interesting and it seems like something I’d enjoy.

Lumatere Chronicles by Melina Marchetta:
I’ve been recommended Finnikin of the Rock so many times in the past month that I picked it up at the beginning of August on National Bookshop Day. I’m excited to read it sometime in the next few weeks.

Divergent by Veronica Roth:
I know, I know. I should’ve read this a long time ago, but I’m not a very big fan of dystopians. I wanted to start the series when Allegiant came out but I was spoiled so I ended up not reading it. I bought Divergent in July so hopefully I can finally get around to reading it in the coming months.

The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han:
I’ve had this trilogy on my shelf for about 4 months. I keep forgetting that I own these books so I still haven’t read them yet. I’ll probably read them in December when it’s summer in Australia. I loved Jenny Han’s To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before duology so I’m sure I’ll love this trilogy too.

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins:
Another dystopian trilogy that I wasn’t keen to read. I’m thinking of marathoning the books and the movies before Mockingjay Part II though. Because I feel really left out when even my non-bookish friends discuss The Hunger Games.

The Study by Maria V. Snyder:
A couple of people recommended The Study series to me in July when I was at a meet-up. Since then, I’ve been seeing a lot of rave reviews around so I’m really keen to pick this up at some point.

Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan:
PJO is a very well-loved series that I haven’t read. I’m a little intimidated by how many books Rick Riordan has out. But I promise to read these very soon!

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor:
This is Katytastic’s favourite series and I’ve been meaning to pick these up since the first time I saw her talk about them. I’ll get around to these sometime in the next 12 months…..

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi:
I’ve always wanted to pick up the Shatter Me series but other books keep getting in the way. Now that there’s a TV show in the works, I’ll have to read this trilogy before the show airs.


Which of these series have you read and loved? Which one of these should I read first?