The Hunger Games (Hunger Games #1) by Suzanne Collins
Published Date: Oct 31, 2008
Publisher: Scholastic Press
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Synopsis: 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. (SOURCE)
I was turned into a blubbering mess within the first three chapters. I was ragey and ready to flounce. But everyone kept telling me "keep going" so I did. I don't like to leave a book unfinished unless I just can't get into it. And even through my anger at what was happening to these characters, I was glued to every page, every paragraph, every sentence and word. I couldn't stop. I started reading late yesterday and thought about it, dreamed about it after going to bed last night.
All day today while at work, it's all I could think about- Katniss and Peeta. What would happen to them, what Peeta's motives were, what obstacles they'd be given. I couldn't decide if I should be shipping Katniss/Peeta or if I wanted to knock him upside the head.
I've just finished reading and I'm still trying to wrap my brain around it all. It was beautifully written; so much so that as I read, I could see the action taking place in my head. It played out like a movie. It pulled my heart strings, made me angry, made me sad. My emotions were on a roller coaster ride but I had to read more. I needed it.
I haven't been this captivated by a book in a long time and I'm glad I finally had the time to read it. Now I just want to stay up all night and read Catching Fire. I'm so glad I kept going, kept pushing through to the end. This one was well worth it!