The Hunger Games

Zoe N. | February 27, 2013 | Review

The Hunger Games

The Hunger Games

by Suzanne Collins

Genre: YA Dystopian
Published: September 14th, 2008
by Scholastic




In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, the shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh 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 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 weigh survival against humanity and life against love.


The Hunger Games is, in my opinion, one of the best young adult books ever written. It’s the rare type of book that – even though it is mostly action – still manages to make you truly think; while balancing an unforgettable plot and cast of characters that you’ll struggle to forget. Suzanne Collins writes with eloquence and wit; not a word or sentence out of place or unneeded.

Happy Hunger Games! And may the odds be ever in your favor.

The Hunger Games is set in a futuristic United States, now called Panem, which is divided into 12 sections (“districts”). As punishment for rebelling against them, the government has decreed that every year a lottery must be held for every citizen aged 12-18. One female and one male will be selected from each district, where they will be brought to the Capitol to fight to the death until only one remains.

When 16-year-old Katniss’ younger sister Prim is chosen as the female representative for their district, she doesn’t hesitate before volunteering to take her place in the deadly games. But if she wants to win and stay alive, she will have to start weighing survival against humanity and life against love.

Katniss is an absolutely wonderful heroine. She’s fiery and independent, stubborn and kickass. With her devotion to her family and those she loves, she’s a character we can all admire and aspire to be more like.


What really stands out about this story is how strong the secondary characters are; most notably the other tributes competing in the games alongside Katniss.

From the delicate and musical Rue to the deadly and sadistic Cato and Clove to the sly and elusive Foxface, each tribute has distinct personalities and backstories. Even though they are only featured briefly, they almost have the amount of development that Katniss herself does, and it’s incredible to read.

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Absolutely flawless and engrossing, Suzanne Collins has a true gift for sucking you into the story and never letting you go until the last page; and even then you’ll be left wondering what happens next. Katniss’ story is one that I can almost guarantee you’ll never forget; and maybe – just maybe – it help lead us to a more peaceful tomorrow.



  1. You gave the book an overall of “5”, and your review said it all, super review. I did see the movie, but I can see I need to read the book too. I love seeing fives on your reviews, it makes me want to read more and more good books. THANKS

    1. The book is absolutely wonderful. Of course the movie isn’t quite as good as the books, but it’s one of the most decent book-to-movie adaptions I’ve watched; and is wonderfully close to the book, which makes me very happy! πŸ˜‰ Hope you enjoy it!

  2. I L. O. V. E. the Hunger Games. I binge-read the series before the first movie came out. I’m so glad I did. This was an amazing review.


    1. Such a great series, right? One of – if not the – best series I’ve ever read. So entertaining, right? <3 Thank you!

    1. I’m glad you enjoyed it too! It’s one of my all time favorites! πŸ™‚

      I have read Divergent! In my opinion, it’s not quite as good as The Hunger Games (I felt the world-building was lacking in Divergent (#1) and Insurgent (#2) and in Insurgent (#2) and Allegiant (#3) there was a lot of unnecessary teenage angst IMO), but of course that’s just my opinion. πŸ™‚ Both are superb reads though! πŸ˜€

  3. Looking at the list of your wonderful reviews, I saw one of the books I’ve read; I felt sad that I only just discovered this blog of yours. From now on, aside from Jillian’s, I’ll visit yours.

    With regard to this review, I like it! This will truly encourage those who have not read this book yet. ❀

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