Monday, 27 February 2012

Review #2 The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Released: 5th January 2009
Publisher: Scholastic
Age Group: Young Adult
Genre: Dystopian
Pages: 464
Other titles in this series: Catching Fire #2 Mockingjay #3
Buy the book here: Amazon

The Hunger Games is the 1st book of a trilogy written by Suzanne Collins.

In post apocalyptic North America there was once 13 districts that belonged to the Capitol. The 13th district however was destroyed during the first rebellion. Since then the other twelve districts, every year, must provide one girl and one boy from each district to take place in The Hunger Games. The Hunger Games take place once every year and the twenty-four children that are chosen must take place in a battle to the death. They must plot and destroy each other in anyway possible to be crowned the victor and take wealth and food home to their struggling family.

This story takes place during the 74th Hunger Games. We follow Katniss, Peetah and the other twenty two children as they undergo vigorous training and then watch them enter the arena and struggle to survive followed by an unexpected twist at the end that will leave you hungry for more...

Suzanne Collins took inspiration from different sources to create The Hunger Games. Two of these included:

  • The Lottery by Shirley Jackson (Buy It Here)
  • Greek Tales of Theseus
The Hunger Games, being my first Dystopian novel, confused me a little at the beginning but this is due to the fact I had never experienced a book like this before. Once you delve into Suzanne's world of The Hunger Games you will never want to leave. The suspense throughout the book leaves you hanging on the edge of your seat and you really feel you are the one that is taking part in The Hunger Games. I read this book in a couple of days, struggling to put it down. It came everywhere with me. On the bus and even to the supermarket on the way to get groceries, I was that hooked!
I cannot wait to jump into the second book in the series, Catching Fire, to see where the story will take us next. Unputdownable 5 out of 5

The Hunger Games Official Movie Trailer

Review #1 Percy Jackson & the Lightning Thief By Rick Riordan


 I wasn't recomended this book but it's one of those I had to read because I wanted to see the film. I found the book to be very imaginitive and I've always been interested in any type of mythology, but now becaue of this book I want to research further into Greek Myhology.
  Unfortuately I don't have the blurb for this book to be able to post it, cause I bought it for my Ereader. So I'll just jump right into the review.
  Percy Jackson believes he is just this ordinary kid that has ADHD and Dyslexia. His best friend at Yancy Acadmedy is Grover who is on crutches. But after an attack by a fury, who happens to be one of the teachers, Percy freaks out. Grover takes him back to his mother's where they get in the car and head of to Half-Blood Hill, a camp for Demi-Gods. I won't tell you too much more for ruining it for you, but he discovers who his father is and his journey with Grover and Annabeth, who is the daughter of Athena, is to find Zeus' lightning bolt before the end of the summer solstice. It's a great "Things are not always what they seem" kind of stories.
  This was a good light-hearted read that left me wanting to read the next book, Percy Jackson & the Sea of Monsters. Watching the film afterwards ruined the story a little for me as I think the filmakers butchered it and didn't stick to the storyline at all, such a shame. The book is a must read though, It's very insightful.  3 out of 5