Series: The Hunger Games #1
Published by Scholastic Inc. on 2009-09-01
Genres: Dystopian, Young Adult
The book no one can stop talking about . . . 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 is forced to represent her district in the Games. But Katniss has been close to dead 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. New York Times bestselling author Suzanne Collins delivers equal parts suspense and philosophy, adventure and romance, in this searing novel set in a future with unsettling parallels to our present.
I first read The Hunger Games back in September 2010 and then again in March 2012, after watching the first movie. In preparation for Mockingjay Part 1 coming out, I decided to read the series again, to refresh my memory, and I’m so glad I did!
Between reading the books and seeing the movies multiple times, the first two books weren’t quite exciting to read this time around, but I still enjoyed them. There were a lot of little things, especially those that were left out of the movies, that I had forgotten about. And I found myself with brand new feelings toward certain characters, specifically Peeta and Gale during Catching Fire.
I found myself more emotional this read-through, crying quite frequently, both at happy and sad moments. I think already knowing what was going to happen made sad scenes more heartbreaking but also made the happy and romantic scenes stand out even more.
Mockingjay was the biggest surprise for me this time around. I remember thinking how much slower-paced it was than the first to books, almost boring even, but I found it completely captivating this time. Similar to the camping scenes in Deathly Hallows, the slower scenes actually took a lot less time than I remembered. I was even more emotional, almost constantly on the verge of tears. The whole book was heartbreaking for me, but I loved it, making me very nervous (but still excited) about how they would would translate this to film.
I am so glad I decided to reread this series, though it made me suffer from a book hangover, which didn’t happen the other times I read it. I’ve read several other dystopian series and loved some, but I don’t think any will ever live up to The Hunger Games for me!