Review - The Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins

The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games #1)
Title: The Hunger Games
Author: Suzanne Collins
Genre: Young Adult, Dystopian
Publication: September 14 2008, Scholastic Press
Pages: 374 pages, Paperback
Source: Library book
Rating: 5/5 Cupcakes
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. 
If she is to win, she will have to start making choices that will weigh survival against humanity and life against love.
Wow. Simply wow. I am awed by this book and to be dead honest with you guys, I don't actually know what to say. This novel was perfection, real, sweet, perfection. I tried reading The Hunger Games last year, didn't like it, got up to chapter four. Tried reading it this year, I finished it in 2-3 days. Thinking back, I'm not actually sure why I didn't like it back then, but I loved it the second time round and that's all that matters.

The Hunger Games is a young adult dystopian novel that in the nation  of Panem, lies a Capitol surrounded by twelve districts. To make sure the districts obey them, each year,each district, has to send a boy and a girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in The Hunger Games, on live TV, where they will fight to the death. 24 tributes. One winner.

I am probably one of the last people on this earth to read The Hunger Games. When someone use to ask me if I had read The Hunger Games and I would reply with a no, they would just stare at me. And I'd be like yep, while looking awkwardly at the ground. I am very proud to say that I have read The Hunger Games. It was an excellent, original novel. A hauntingly possible idea, real, fierce but loveable characters and an abundance of action, the Hunger Games will leave you craving more, and I am extremely happy that I have read this stunning piece of literature.

The idea, the book, everything was amazing. The Hunger Games was a brutal event that I hope will never take place in our world, it's a horrifying thought that one day, however, it possibly could.

The plot was perfect, not for one minute did I get bored. I was intrigued from the beginning but I literally couldn't remove my eyes from the pages once it was announced that the seventy-fourth Hunger Games had begun, that's when my attention was even more focused than before. 

Katniss is my new favourite fictional heroine, in fact, she is probably even a role model to me. She stands up for those she loves and will literally fight to the death for them. It was amazing looking at her strategies on how to win and I was cheering her on the whole way. And since reading The Hunger Games, I have crafted a bow and arrow from the trees in my garden and I want to begin archery lessons! :D

Peeta, to be honest, I didn't like him that much in the beginning, but he grew on me, he really did. You could see he actually really liked Katniss and he thought the romance was real but Katniss thought it wasn't authentic and her viewpoint was that the romance was just for the games and that ending practically broke my HEART! I felt so sorry for Peeta and I just wanted Katniss to make it right because you could see the pain emanating from him when she spoke about the romance strategies and how she wasn't sure about her feelings for him.

The writing was fantastic. Suzanne Collins is a fantastic author! Her descriptions were perfection and I could imagine everything so clearly, as if it were a movie being played in front of me, and throughout the book it felt like I was Katniss, as if I was experiencing all the pain, all the suffering she was going through, and her need to survive. 

The Hunger Games was phenomenal and I just want to shout from the rooftops about how epic this novel is, and I'm pretty sure I'll have thousands of people agreeing with me about how amazing it is. Dealing with love, loss, survival and inner strength, The Hunger Games will knock you off your feet. You will feel the characters' need to survive, and you can feel the tragedy that consumes them when one of the others they are close to dies. You just feel everything! 

The Hunger Games is perfection.

I give it: 5/5 CUPCAKES!