Thursday, June 14, 2012

Review: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
My rating: 5 of 5 genies
Published: October 31, 2008
Publisher: Scholastic Inc.
Pages: 374
Source: Stolen from my Sister
Format: Hardcover
Purchase At: The or

Goodreads 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.


There are two very urgent things I must address, well three if you count this:


It is fantastic! Like hoy-grail good. Dang, was it good!

Collins has pretty much blown away much of what was my brain with her awesomeness; that said, I will need a few days to recover.

And I guess thirdly: most probably if you are on this page news of the upcoming movie to this book has reached you. If not? SURPRISE!!! It comes out soon. And if you are anything like me, you're probably searching for some general consensus for The Hunger Games. Well, you want to know what I think?!

You really need to get this.

Not even kidding, grab a copy before the movie hits theatres, now. I don't care how hot the guy they got for Peeta is even though he is smoking F.I.N.E. or that Katniss's Katnip's character is spot on appearance-wise. Usually movies suck, that's just the way it is, and I would hate for any part of this wonderful series to be marred forever Like Twilight by some overshot piece of production designed strictly for the sake of the acquisition of money.

The directors do not care that you get a general feel for who the character is, who the authors intended for them to be, or their motivations; instead all they need to do is make something beloved enough to merit a film, fit in an hour thirty/two hour time frame. How many times has plot been sacrificed for the sake of simply creating the visual, mainly for profit? Personally, I wouldn't risk it.

Admittedly it can be annoying hearing how great this series is, over and over again and especially if you're one usually to go against the tide. However, if you happen to be even the littlest bit curious I encourage fully the reading of The Hunger Games. You will not be sorry; there is sufficient amount of adventure, well developed characters and plot to keep anyone interested, not to mention the pages turning! At least give it a try so when the movie comes out, you'll know what to compare it to: something so incredible that millions of people are raving!

Read the book for you. And also so we can gush about it later and together.

Full review to come soon...


January 17, 2012

I'm weird in a sense, I like having everything done in one sitting - the review, that is - I often forget to come back. Fortunately as of late it is almost impossible to escape The Hunger Games. Hence why I returned, that and my love for this site/reviewing, of course!

And speaking of which? My reviews will never be conventional. Go ahead and slap yourself if this was what you believed; why would you think that? I have an unusual affinity for the oddities of life and I very much enjoy entertaining others as well as myself.

But you know what really entertains me, makes me giggle? gif's. Funny ones, silly ones and the very best kind, the Kitty's!!And hot men.

So. What. If it isn't an outline step-by-step guide to the internal workings of the novel read? As long as it makes sense and are my opinions expressed, by pure virtue of the fact, those comments/snippets/ramblings qualify as reviews.

I don't write for journals. I don't write to make this huge deal about a book, promoting or demoting the literature, and I most definitely do not own a blog; it is purely fun, I don't care that my thoughts are random at times, I'm random in real life too. Because I'm weird, and that's allowed.

No one has the right to turn up their snouts to the structure of said reviews because they don't have strict thesis and conclusions. You want thesis's maybe even a university-level conclusion? Pay Up. Because let's face it, I get nadda for expressing my reviews but the pure satisfaction of having been heard. Unless some might count the recent crap from authors who don't justify random scribblings as reviews, but that's just bull.


Apparently not...

I persist because I love what I do. This is why whatever nonsense people spout does not bother me, because there is a bigger picture and I cannot possibly imagine not opening my mouth and essentially sharing my views with anyone who will listen. Cheers to that?

A Summary

Basically, this book has strong scores in all elements; from Setting to Plot and Character development it was stellar as a whole, hence the solid 5 genie rating in all. I enjoyed very much the concept behind the Hunger Games and the desperation these people from the seam live with on a daily basis is shattering. It made me wonder over and over again why they did not just rebel. In fact, the only time I felt a kinship to Gale was when it was revealed that he grew fed up with the way things were also and wanted better for himself. Thank goodness for one person with insight and the guts to actually contemplate busting up the system! District 13 was annihilated because of their rebellion, but honestly? The life they live at present isn't much better!

The games are brutal and they are an unfair way to punish people, keeping them entrapped in an essential dictatorship. I hate president Snow.

And as for Katniss, she will always be Katnip in my mind, that is just what she sounds like, even Collins made note of that. I refuse to spell it with a 'C' It will be Katnip or no 'nip' at all! *Laughs evilly* And Peeta! (Anyone else can't help but say his name in a jacked up British accent? Yeah, me too.) Peeta was freaking adorable!!! I'm serious whenever I thought of him I just went, Aw! He is such a genuine character and quite honestly, I got sick and tired of Katniss not seeing how madly in love he really was with her. Get it together, girl! The boy's kind, fine, bakes bread - STAY IN THE KITCHEN, BOY - and he does whatever you want him to, essentially? What is your deal??

Peeta was like:


And then like this sometimes:


And all he got from Katniss was this:


Nadda. [And a few fake kisses, but who's counting really? (hide spoiler)]

Don't get me wrong, I get that this is a life or death scenario, only one person can live, but Peeta never once acted as shrewdly as Katniss did in the arena. Maybe that makes her a stronger competitor even, but she was not so often a girl to me. She provided for her family, was intelligent enough to survive even the most trying of circumstances, compassionate to some extent but not female enough. I'd like to see her become more feminine but still maintain her individualism because woman can be vulnerable but determined as well.

I admire her strength and determination to persevere, she has my respect, and yet she let me down because she never really understood herself too well. The story is told from her point of view and Katniss could, to an extent, at least divulge what everyone else was thinking, but when it came to herself? Not quite as easy the job... I'm invested into seeing this character grow, she's talented and driven and there is so much potential. Don't fail me, Katnip!

The society isn't one I'd ever want to live in nor wish onto my worst enemy, this dystopian is so complicated...It has complicated me in return and I just know that having the sequel isn't an option, it's a necessity.

That's not all, Folks! Don't forget to comment :)


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