Book Review: The Hunger Games


I read Suzanne Collins’ “The Hunger Games” the night before last – on my phone. As the book started out, I was generally not very impressed with Ms. Collin’s ability to turn a phrase, but that very quickly changed. In fact finished it in just under three hours, I’d have to say that it was well worth it.

I won’t be spoiling anything here, but the book details the adventures of a young woman named Katniss who has to survive in a post-apocalyptic America, now called “Panem”. Her sister is chosen to take place in The Hunger Games, and she very quickly takes her sister’s place so that she can save her sister from a potentially terrible fate. Katniss is an unusual lead character, different and stronger than most female lead characters, a choice that reflects especially well on Ms. Collins and I suspect will be inspirational to younger girls. Katniss is not the damsel-in-distress – even when in distress – and while there are elements of a standard love triangle between her and the two male leads, there is an interesting twist in how it plays out and isn’t your standard fare.

With believable characters and vivid story-telling, this was quite literally a page turner, and from start to finish I didn’t put the book down. I started the second book in the trilogy last night, equally as good, but I had no choice but to stop reading at about 4am. (It was a very tough choice.)

I’m looking forward to finishing the trilogy and also seeing how well they did with the movie adaptations.