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review SPOILER ALERT! 2017-06-12 04:40
"The Hunger Games" by Suzanne Collins
The Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins

I love every part of this book. There's never a dull moment.

I love the characters (yes, I cry when Rue dies, the strategy aspect of the book (the outfits Cinna and Portia design, the way Haymitch and Katniss communicate during the Games, how Katniss performs for the cameras in order to encourage sponsors, etc.), and the resulting confusion and distrust that Katniss feels as to what is real and what is just part of the Games.

I also love how you can compare the society in the novel to ours today. It's definitely something to think about and discuss. 

A little thing that bugged me was when Katniss meets an Avox whose capture she witnessed and in remembering that moment, she thinks "The girl's scream. Had it been her last?" (I also read a similar quote recently in Glass Sword .) Why do people think you can't scream without a tongue? There's nothing wrong with her vocal chords. Actually, screaming is probably the only vocal sound that would not be affected at all by lack of a tongue and yet that's what authors like to tell us their tongue-less characters are unable to do...

Anyway, some more praise:

I remember the first time I read it, I thought Collins did a good job of answering my questions about that world just as I had them, without it seeming like an information dump.

Also, when I saw the movie for the first time, I was already expecting to cry during the previously mentioned moment, but I cried unexpectedly when Katniss volunteered for her sister. I think when I was first experiencing the story, knowing that Katniss is the protagonist, so obviously she has a fighting chance, It didn't really hit me that from her perspective, she was going to die for Prim. In that moment, she had no expectation that she might actually win the Games. I probably would have had that realization in my second reading of the book as well, but it just hit me for the first time when I saw the movie. And now, I fight tears reading both of those moments.

It's a powerful book. Definitely worth reading more than once.

2012 Audiobook Review: i liked the normal voice of the lady who read it, but her character voices annoyed me most of the time. her haymitch voice was the best.

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review 2017-03-03 16:27
The Hunger Games Book Review
The Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins

"The hunger games" by Suzanne Collins is a thrilling book about a girl named Katniss Everdeen who lives in a futuristic world. In this world, she lives in a country with 12 districts. Each one focuses on a different aspect. For example, Katniss's district is a coal mining district that is very poor. "District 12: Where you can starve to death in safety". Katniss lives with her mom and her sister and their pet cat. Each year, every district randomly selects two teenagers to go off to the capital and fight to the death for sport. Primrose, Katniss's sister, is selected for the reaping along with a boy named Peeta. Katniss loves primrose so much that she volunteered to fight in place of her sister. She and Peeta are taken to the capital and trained by a former winner of "the hunger games" named Haymitch. You also meet a few people who root for Katniss or Peeta to win. In the arena, Katniss and Peeta are forced to pretend they are in love and pregnant in order to win the hearts of the viewers. Along the way we meet a little girl named Rue. Katniss and Rue eventually become allies when they are both cornered by their enemies. Rue is way to young to be fighting for her life, but she is very clever. At one point, she devised a scheme so they could escape their enemies. Later on in the book their friendship starts a revolution, "Only I keep wishing I could think of a way...to show the Capitol they don't own me. That I'm more than just a piece in their Games". The book was very well written and full of excitement. The author showed how relationships are very important, especially in times of crisis. For example, Katniss took great care of her sister because her mother couldn't. Also, Peeta and Katniss formed a relationship while fighting for their lives. This book also teaches people to not just do or believe whatever you are told and to stand up for what you believe in and what you think is right. The government took advantage of these teens and made them kill each other for sport, but once a few people had the courage to stand up for themselves, they sparked a revolution. "I want to do something, right here, right now, to shame them, to make them accountable, to show the Capitol that whatever they do or force us to do there is a part of every tribute they can't own". Overall, I would rate the book as an 8/10 because of how thrilling and well written it was.

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review 2017-02-27 00:00
Catching Fire
Catching Fire - Suzanne Collins Thanks to the first few 1 star reviewers on Amazon - I no longer have to keep reading this book. Why can't people think about adding a spoiler alert before posting? Totally ruined what was a mediocre addition to this trilogy.

I had been having problems recreating the excitement I felt for the first two books and decided to see if others had the same thoughts I did. I got more than I bargained for.

I kept reading anyway thinking that these reviewers had it wrong...but they are correct. The author used this book for some other agenda other than to merely finish off the trilogy to anyone satisfaction. Granted, someone was always going to lose in the end...but so many?
Truly mediocre like I said; no growth for any of the main characters, too much razzle dazzle, Katniss just seems to be a MarySue in this book. Too much tugging on heart-strings instead of good solid writing and story telling.
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review 2016-12-16 07:51
The Hunger Games
The Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins

I reread the Hunger Games earlier this year and then again in October. I have my problems with it (first person narration probably being the biggest), but it's one of the better YA books I've read. Very formulaic but here it works.

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quote 2016-12-05 18:57
Codziennie kiedy się budzę, mówię sobie, że to mój ostatni dzień życia. Jeśli nie próbujesz na siłę trzymać się czasu, to nie boisz się tak bardzo jego utraty.
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