27 February 2011

Review: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

The Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins
Series: The Hunger Games, #1
Publication Date: October 1st 2008
Publisher: Scholastic
Format: Paperback

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Summary:
Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don't live to see the morning?

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 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 will weigh survival against humanity and life against love.

Review:
OH. MY. GOD. With alllll the hype, attention and fame, I have such high expectation for the book, I was so afraid that it will disappoint me. Afterall, I bought all 3 books already. I don't want the money to go wasted. But oh my gosh, it's so amazing! Suzanne Collins is pretty much a genius. I am sure Katniss and Peeta will survive, because they already have another 2 books about them, but that's the only thing I'm certain about. Seriously, I didn't know what to expect at all!

It's not exactly unpredictable, but no way near predictable, that I can assure you. Less than 50 pages into the book, I already got my eyes teary once, and cried once. That's really fast, usually I don't cry so soon.

Anyway, usually, I dislike the character when they make a wrong decision, or mistakes, or something, even though I know I might have done the same thing if I were them. For example, a character too blinded by something to see that someone's in love with them. Apparently, Katniss is an exception, I didn't dislike her at all!I don't know, maybe Suzanne Collins is too amazing, or maybe... I really don't know.

I really wish I knew more about Gale though, as well as Peeta. I don't feel like I know Peeta well enough to be "Team Peeta", let alone Gale. Sure, I've swooned a little (heh) over Peeta, but not enough! I'm fighting the urge to read Catching Fire, because I must not stay up. D: I just seriously hope they won't have to go through Hunger Games again. -_-

I wonder what's wrong with my copy. It's Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia edition (only available to some schools), and there are a few sentences that do not make sense to me. I think I have to try normal editions, and check and see if they have these weird sentences as well. For example, they used the word "use" instead of "useful", I'm pretty sure it should be "useful" in that sentence, not "use". Gosh seriously, I think they ruined the book a little. If the other editions do not have such weird sentences, I'll have to buy them. Any of you have this problem?

BTW, I was googling something to check if anyone has the weird problem I'm having, and wtf I accidentally read that Prim is dead wtf wtf please don't let that be true.

Conclusion:
I think Suzanne Collins is a genius.

Cover Design:
Well honestly, I've seen this cover so many times, it's very symbolic. So I don't really have a comment lol. But I like it. :D

Update after finishing all 3 books: This is my favourite book among all 3!

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