Monday, 25 June 2012

Review: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

For all of those Potterheads who are still crying over the last book and replaying the movies over and over and over and over again... the games are just beginning!

Yes, I am talking about the one and only Hunger Games; the only book series where a boy and girl get set on fire and don't. actually. burn.

If you loved the magical three then get ready for the fearless two, because this book is set in a place where we can only visit in our most horrible of nightmares. No-one is really sure what happened to the whole of Panem when disaster struck, but what we know is that the aftershock left folk low on food, warm housing and bathwater.

Let's just be glad we can't smell the people living there.

If you haven't read The Hunger Games yet then you must have been stuck in the arena and fighting for your life or something, because I doubt that there is anything more important than reading probably the best young adult fiction novel of 2012.

So if you are one of those people who were tributes during the last few months and have not managed to pick up the book yet, 'May the odds be ever in your favour' when you turn up to your local bookshop and the person on the counter gives you a weird look.

But seriously guys, if you haven't read this book get on Facebook right now and ask one of your many friends if you can borrow a copy. Because out of your 300 buddies, 299 will have definitely both read and loved The Hunger Games.

Oh, I'm sorry. You thought you were going to get a normal book review? You clearly don't know me very well then.

The thing I loved the most about this book is that the main plot was not based around love. Understandingly, there was an element of that which cropped up with the 'love' between Katniss and Peeta, but this complicated situation was the basis for the second book. Plus, being a girl and all, I was pleasantly surprised to see Katniss being the stronger competitor, and it also dealt with the subject of having a boy best friend very well. Suzanne Collins didn't need to provide love scenes to make it a good book, and that is why I really admire her as an author.

Was that bit serious enough for you?

In conclusion, BUY this book, READ this book, and let the 74th annual Hunger Games begin.

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