THE HUNGER GAMES by Suzanne Collins
Publisher: Scholastic Children's Books
Released: 5th January 2009
Review Format: Paperback
Read: August 2010
Goodreads Synopsis: WINNING WILL MAKE YOU FAMOUS. LOSING MEANS CERTAIN DEATH.
In a dark vision of the near future, a terrifying reality TV show is taking place. Twelve boys and twelve girls are forced to appear in a live event 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.
My thoughts: The Hunger Games grabbed my full attention within the first 40 pages. I spent every spare minute with my nose between the pages and wow, what a fabulous read. The words just flowed and my imagination went wild!
Katniss, the main character, takes the place of her sister in the annual Hunger Games - a reality TV show run each year by the evil 'Capitol' where only one of the 24 contestants will come out alive. It's a fight for survival for the unfortunate kids who get chosen - one boy and one girl from each District, who are all between the ages of 12 and 16.
A truly original concept. In the back of the book there is an interview with the author, Suzanne Collins, where she states that she came across the idea whilst flicking the TV channels, one side had a programme about war and the other a reality TV show.
I recommend this book to all my friends. Even my mum read it and loved it! It has to be one of the best books I've ever read!
My rating: 5 stars
Whether you've read the Hunger Games or not, check out this video made by fans. It's fantastic!