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Scene: 25 pages to the end of the novel with a huge twist thrown into the plot.  My read on the subway home turned my usual half hour ride into what felt like two minutes.  Scanning the pages as fast as I could, I stop focusing just long enough to run down the subway steps and onto the street.  I began my slightly uphill ten minute trek home, my nose still buried in the pages.  Yep, I was one of those.  Right after I read a particularly horrifying sentence, a drop of rain lands on my page.  Then another.  HOW IS THIS HAPPENING RIGHT NOW?!  I almost ran the rest of the way home, barely had my coat off and flopped on the couch to finish the book.

All that to say, this book is unputdownable!  Worth every tid bit of praise it has received over the past few years, THE HUNGER GAMES was one of those novels that sucks you out of your own world and drops you into another.  I felt like every time I closed the book, I was like Katniss going to sleep — making myself vulnerable.  I HAD to keep reading — all the time.  Collins not only met all of my expectations for this book, but she exceeded them in so many ways.  She created a cast of characters that felt so real to me, and a world that began as a blank slate in my mind, turned into an empire.  Panem put me completely off balance, contemplating just how terrorizing it would be to live in constant fear and knowledge that your life is temporary; not in the sense that you could get hit my a car tomorrow, but that the fate of you and those you love is entirely in the hands of a corrupt and insensitive force.

And Katniss!  This girl easily climbed her way up the Anne Shirley podium of wondrous leading ladies and is sitting among the top (sorry, Anne cannot be dethroned — ever).  I loved her.  She was the epitome of perseverence for me and I couldn’t put the book down because I had to know that she was okay — this selfless, courageous and radiant young woman.  And Peeta!  Not your typical YA leading man, he was the steady heartbeat of the book.  Katniss was the calculating one, while Peeta ruled with emotion, in the best way possible.  Perhaps my favourite literary team as of yet!

I have tried to write this review a few times and have finally accepted that it is just going to come out sounding like a gush anyways.  No attempt at clever witicisms will make a difference.  I have been a total girl about this book and have been repeatedly watching the movie trailer too.  Not one for the cult classic books-to-movies, I have never seen the Harry Potter movies and stopped halfway through Twilight, but this is a whole new ballgame.  I cannot WAIT for this film!

Suzanne Collins, THANK YOU!  Now, onto CATCHING FIRE!

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5 thoughts on “Book Review: The Hunger Games

  1. Awww I love your review, Chelse! I feel like I could totally hear you saying it aloud in my head :) heheI was so scared you weren't going to like it, since its been hyped SO much, but was so happy to see your 5 star rating on GR…it made my day!I also really love your descriptions of Peeta and Katniss and the way their gender specific roles have been subverted.Can't wait to see what you think of Catching Fire :)

  2. Chelsey, I completely agree! H.G. was the first YA novel I've read since High School and I'm so glad I did. It's one of those rare occasions where the hype and excitement actually pays off (and even better than expected!)Like Ikhlas, I also can't wait to see what you think of the other two! I have come across some extremely varied opinions on where Collins decided to take the storyline… To me though, they are all one big book. I think I spent about 2 minutes going from the last page of book #1 to the first page of book #2 (this was on my kindle, of course, so the continuation was only 1 click away!)-Lauren

  3. Chelsey, honest to goodness, if you keep reviewing like this, I'm going to have to stop altogether. I finished all three books in 2 days. Gave myself a headache, of course, since I neglected to eat anything other than junk food, but it was totally worth it. I'm looking forward to your Catching Fire review. :)

  4. YAY! So glad you finally read The Hunger Games and loved it! :D Only a week to wait on the movie! I can't believe you've never seen the Harry Potter ones! They are so good! I'm kind of scared that The Hunger Games movie is going to be a big disappointment though…

  5. Love your review Chelsey! It’s so true this book was completely unputdownable… I read it on a weekend for that reason. Glad you loved it, can’t wait to see what you think of the next one!

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