Ahhhh alas The Hunger Games~~ I ordered the trilogy online and FINALLY got them in the mail. I’ve been dying to read this book for forever, but I never really got around to it. This book was a 4.8/5. Those of you who read the book might be wondering why, because the book was really good, but then I think of Harry Potter.. now those are some 5/5 books.
This book was a bit of a longer read for me not because it’s a big book, but because I was reading it very intently. The book is set in a very different place with very different ways of living, and I felt like I had to adapt to it even though I wasn’t living in it.
I think what made this book so popular/good is that it is so different. The storyline and plot is not something I would have ever thought of. And everything felt possible, like their way of living could actually exist in the future.
What I didn’t really like about the book was all the deaths. So many people died and everyone was under 20 yrs old. I don’t know why but I was always pretty shocked when someone died, even though it was pretty obvious they would all eventually die.. except one.. ;)
**Spoiler** I was actually freaking ecstatic when the announcer person said that 2 people from the same district could win, I literally like jumped out of my chair… =_= anyway..
The book itself was very well written and I love how Collins kind of incorporates all of the characters in a way that you can recognize them. What I mean is that everyone kind of made an impact on me in some way.. for example, when Thresh spared Katniss because of what she did for Rue guhh so touching. There was always so much going on during the game because whenever things got boring the programmers would do things to herd them together to kill each other, and Katniss had so many encounters where she got hurt, and then there was Peeta that was like MIA for a good portion of the book, and you find out why later, but just so much was always going on and it felt like it could go on for soo long because everyone is just trying to survive.
Recap on a few of the parts
Oh my goodness, when Katniss found Peeta in the mud I was.. I mean I don’t even know, all I could think was oh my god, how long had he been there? Has he eaten? Did he not move all this time? Is he ok?!?! And then I was just super relieved he found a way to stay hidden and alive.
I think Collins gave Rue a good death.. I was sad none-the-less that she died, but I think how she died in Katniss’ arms while she was singing to her was a much better way than the way it could have been and so that made me feel not so depressed about her dying…
I really like Haymitch, as much as they describe him as a drunk and sloppy person, I think he was just pretty traumatized after the Hunger Games, and having to train kids from the district only to see them all die.. But I think he gives really good advice and I feel like he’s a good person.
I felt so bad for Peeta at the end when Katniss told him that all the romance between them was a ‘show’ for the most part because the capitol was pissed that they were going to kill themselves. He had been doing all the cuddling and sweet talking because he thought it was real and him and Katniss were really together, and then when she told him what Haymitch told her to do it was like everything came crashing down. Shakes head… I did really like how they were called ‘star-crossed lovers’ hahaha mainly because I love the story of Romeo and Juliet :)
So now they’re making a movie which is filming right now. Jennifer Lawrence is supposed to play Katniss, and I really don’t know how I feel about that… for one thing I guess she’s better than the other actresses that were considered.. Emma Roberts, Abigail Breslin, Emily Browning, Saoirse Ronan… because she looks kind of.. rough? Like I cannot see little miss Emma Roberts playing someone as independent and tough as Katniss. Nor can I see Abigail Breslin or Emily Browning shooting arrows and killing people and animals.. even though Emily Browning was pretty good in “Sucker Punch”.. Saoirse Ronan, I feel like she could play Katniss especially after her recent film “Hanna” but she looks too.. foreign? Like too Russian. And, when I look at Jennifer Lawrence she LOOKS like she would be a good Katniss, has that rough edge, looks independent, and looks like she has the ability to act all in love with Peeta… BUT. I read an interview with her and some magazine, I can’t remember, but as she was leaving she said something along the lines of.. I’m sorry I have to go do this Hunger Games thing. And the interviewer said “Hunger Games thing?” I mean there are some die-hard fans of this book. This book is an excellent book and there are obviously a lot of people that want to be in the movie in any way, and more that DREAM to play Katniss. I feel like maybe she doesn’t want to be Katniss as bad as other people might want to be… So I was very disappointed about that…
And Liam Hemsworth playing Gale?? Wait what? He can act? Cause last I saw, he did really badly in a really bad movie with equally bad Miley Cyrus that was based on a pretty good book. I mean he just looks like someone meant for cheesy romance movies where he’s the cheesy lover boy.. Gale is supposed to be the main supporter of his family, hunting, gathering, and fishing daily… Maybe I’m just picky but The Hunger Games deserves a really good cast.. And I do think that casting unknowns is a really good idea, I mean look at Harry Potter! Great cast. And the Hunger Games should have an equally great cast.
This book is a must read, I highly recommend it to everyone, even though it’s considered a ‘young adult’ book, I think everyone should read it. However, it is a little bit violent, or at least I thought it was, so just keep that in mind if you plan on reading it.
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 one 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, who lives alone with her mother and younger sister, regards it as a death sentence when she steps forward to take her sister’s place in the Fames. But Katniss has been so 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 weigh survival agains humanity and life against love.