Summary on Goodreads:WINNING MEANS FAME AND FORTUNE.
LOSING MEANS CERTAIN DEATH.
THE HUNGER GAMES HAVE BEGUN. . . .
In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and once girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.
Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen regards it as a death sentence when she steps forward to take her sister’s place in the Games. But Katniss has been close to dead before—and survival, for her, is second nature. Without really meaning to, she becomes a contender. But if she is to win, she will have to start making choices that weight survival against humanity and life against love.
vHey readers! Before you say it, I just want to clarify that NO! I haven’t been living under a rock. The Hunger Games series has been on my TBR since forever but I never managed to read them and I have no excuse other than the fact that there really are a myriad of books on my TBR and I am only human. *shrugs* Anyways, as you must’ve heard, if you’re an avid reader, that Suzanne Collins is finally back with a Hunger Games Prequel after her really, really long hiatus of 10 years! The hype has reached the sky for Suzanne Collins’s The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes and this book release was just the push I need to pick off the series where I left them a few months ago.
The Hunger Games is set in a futuristic dystopian world where North America has been conquered and transformed into a single totalitarian regime called Panem and has been dismembered into twelve subordinate districts which are obligated to do whatever is demanded from them by the Capitol. Initially, there had been thirteen districts but when District 13 rebelled against the domineering forces of the Capitol, it finally faced its end. This ruthless battle led to the formation of the Hunger Games which is a way of showing the residents of Panem that the fatuous act of revolting against the Capitol will bring no result and it eventually gets whatever it wants. Always. The Hunger Games is an annual reality show where the contestants involuntarily compete in an artificial arena to kill each other. A life of interminable fame and honour is bestowed upon the winner. The worst part about the games is that the contestants are mere teenagers picked out forcefully from every district—One boy one girl each.
This particular story revolves around sixteen-year old Katniss Everdeen, a resident of District 12. When her younger sister is chosen to take part in the games, Katniss steps forward to volunteer and puts her life on the stake instead. She has to compete with twenty three strangers and the odds don’t appear to be in her favour. How will she survive? Who will win? What is her destiny? Read the book to find out.
I absolutely loved the book, there’s no denying that. The book is very engrossing and it is a major page-turner. I completely lost track of time as I devoured the pages and it is one of the most thought-provoking novels I’ve ever read. It is one of the best thrillers I’ve read in a long while and it is really, really fast-paced which is a flaw for me as I like to read books where the author takes some time to build the formation of the plot and then goes on. Another detail I would like to stress upon is the writing style. If you’re not a child or even an adolescent you might find the writing style very simple and to the point. The prose isn’t descriptive at all and I feel the writing is very rushed in some parts, but that’s just me and don’t let my words discourage you from reading it. In my opinion, Suzanne Collins should’ve provided a more detailed account of her universe and its history and events but hopefully her flaws will be redeemed in the other parts of the series.
Nevertheless, this really was a very good reader and I recommend anyone who likes reading thriller novels to definitely read this book!
My rating: 9/10