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A Fight To The Death
The Hunger Games Classic - Suzanne Collins
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The Hunger Games Classic - Suzanne Collins
Advantages: Great and Easy Read
Disadvantages: Obvious Plot
It was through hearing of the release of The Hunger Games film and all of the hype surrounding it back in 2010 that first made me aware of the trilogy of books written by Suzanne Collins upon which the film was based. I never actually managed to get and see the film so when I saw all three of The Hunger Games books on offer at 3 for £10 in my local Asda store I couldn't help but pick them up. Despite being a series aimed mainly at teenagers and young adults I had heard good things about the series of books and picked them up knowing if nothing else they would hopefully be a nice easy read.
The Hunger Games is set in a North American Civilisation after civilisation was almost wiped out, those that did survive now live in 12 seperate districts all controlled by the wealthy Capitol; each district has its own speciality supplying the Capitol with vital materials, fuel, and workers along with every other consumable available. There used to be 13 districts until the Capitol destroyed District 13 during an uprising and as a continued reminder and punishment every year each district is made to hold a draw in order to chose 2 tributes a boy and a girl aged 12 - 18 years to compete in the Hunger Games, a fight to the death with the winner being the last one standing. Winning the Hunger Games will bring fame on the winning tribute along with extra food drops provided by the Capitol in times of starvation and poverty in the 12 districts.
The Hunger Games kicks off with giving us a good insight into the life of Katniss Everdeen and builds up a decent profile of Katniss Everdeen, her life and the people that surround her which is handy as she is the main character and narrator of the book. Before I knew it I was a fair way into the book and the build up to the 74th hunger games where this trilogy really starts was well under way. The 24 selected tributes from the different districts are selected and it is here the reader finds out that it will be Katniss and Peeta who will be the two main people the book follows.
The Hunger Games is set at a different venue each year with the Capitol generating a vast artificial environment, where only one thing can be relied upon, and thats that the conditions and survival will be hard enough, along with the fact that every tribute knows that only one of them will make it out alive. Televisions are placed in the street to encourage citizens to gather to support the tributes from their district and treat the occasion as a celebration under the watchful eye of the controlling Capitol.
The main plot of the Hunger Games is pretty simple but by no means boring, there is plenty going on along the way and the main characters are constantly being built upon with a host of side characters being introduced along the way each with their own miny profiles. It does feel at times like a big build up to the second book but once the 74th Hunger Games are underway its all action rather than character building.
From the second I started reading the first book of this trilogy I was completelt gripped; from the very first page the reader is submersed in into the world and story of Katniss Everdeen and by page 10 the story is in full flow moving along as swiftly as possible. I found this book nearly impossible to put down, mainly due to the anticipation that Suzanne Collins manages to build during the build up to the start of the Hunger Games and what will face the 24 tributes forced to fight to the death.
I thought it was quite obvious from quite close to the start of the book who was going to survive the Hunger Games, however a twist that starts to develop around halfway through the book comes into fruition at the end, making the book a lot more interesting but still far from mysterious which to be fair isn't the aim of the book.
I feel that Suzanne Collins has done an excellent job of writing this book, to be an easy enough read to interest teenagers yet to appeal to a much wider age range than what the book is actually aimed at with a lot of much older readers picking up the book for a read. There is enough action, romance, drama and suspense to keep the book flowing really well and keep the reader involved in the book, I can honestly say that I was not bored or wanting a chapter to end at any point in this book other than the last chapter because I wanted to start the second instalment.
In conclusion this book is a great read and was exactly what I was expecting from the recommendations I had received; an easy yet interesting and suspense building read. I would recommend it strongly as tea break or lunchtime reading as the plot is easy to follow and therefore easy to pick up and put down, yet despite this being my plan I had still finished the book within two days of purchasing it.
Despite being unsure as to whether this reading material would be up my street despite many positive reviews surrounding the books especially when compared to the film, I am glad to say that the proof is in the pudding with the postive things that I had heard and I was in no way dissapointed by this brilliant start to the Hunger Games trilogy.
5/5 stars from me.
Summary: Good Read That Appeals To Many
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