The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (2008)


“Happy Hunger Games and may the odds be ever in your favor”

I remember this book like it was yesterday. I was going to junior college when it first hit shelves. I recall strolling through the Target I worked at and seeing our entertainment staff stocking it onto the shelves. I knew that people were talking about it at school but when I saw the book up close, I was pulled to it. I just had to break the seal and read it, so I did.

Although the story is a little slower in the books than the movies, the movies do not compare to how the book really transported you to District 12. How you felt like one of the kids at the Reaping. You could feel the pain and passion when Katniss volunteers in her sister’s place. Suzanne Collins really left a lump in your throat as you clung to her every syllable. As you constantly rooted for young Katniss to survive, Suzanne gave us no guarantee that she would.

I absolutely loved the book and, in fact, I may re-read it since I have the trilogy sitting on my shelf at home. You know, I think it’s groundbreaking what Suzanne Collins did, not only for writers but for the movie industry. Without the Hunger Games trilogy, we would’t have The Maze Runner series or the Divergent series. We all know how the story goes: one unlikely hero rises up to fight against the system and save the next generation from imminent death. Thank you Suzanne Collins for making my teenage world, at that time, a little bigger!

Rating: 4.5/5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️✨


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