Where I got it: My Collection
Rating: 5 stars
Cover Rating: 3.5 stars (I like it and it's original and relevant, but it isn't as eye-catching as I usually go for. )
Genre: Young Adult
Publication Date: September 14, 2008
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Page Count: 374 p.
In The Seam, a part of District 12, life isn't always easy. Food and money don't fall from the sky, and the Capitol looks down on hunting in the forest. Katniss ignores this last bit along with her friend Gale, they both have a family to feed after all. Both of them have many slips with their name on them in the raffle for The Hunger Games. This event, brought to you by the Capitol, pits two kids from each district against one another in a fight to the death. This is the Capitol's way of keeping everyone in line and preventing a revolution from rising. Katniss steps forward to take her sister's place when they draw names at the reaping. Katniss can not let her sister die, even if it means she must die herself. Katniss has been surviving quite well in The Seam though, so many she has enough instincts and will to survive The Hunger Games.
The beginning of this novel seemed slow to me, but it could be because I was trying my hardest not to love this book. I failed miserably and absolutely loved every minute of this book and did not want to put it down. The writing was just fantastic and the characters memorable and expressive. Each person came alive with Suzanne Collins' writing. I felt like I was actually there with them, or at least a spectator of the sport. There were many shocking things that happened, even though I sort of knew what the outcome would be early on. That didn't stop this book from surprising me in many ways. I really enjoyed Katniss, she was a survivor and it showed in everything she did. I love that she becomes The Girl Who Was on Fire, with a flaming entrance to the pre-game events. It is truly horrible that the Capitol would make all these young people fight to the death. Why couldn't they have adults do it? I guess it's not as tragic then, maybe wouldn't keep people in line as well. It's terrible that a small twelve-year-old girl could be matched up against a bunch of large, surly eighteen-year-old brutes. Peeta was an interesting character too, I can never quite tell what he was thinking. I could never be sure whether or not Katniss could trust him, or if he was telling the truth. I have already started Catching Fire, and am eager to see what happens next with everyone. I am looking forward to hearing more from the other characters that weren't too present in The hunger Games. If you have not read this yet, I would do it soon, especially before the movie comes out.
"When I wake up, the other side of the bed is cold."
"The birds fall silent."