I read The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins from June 08 to 10, 2012
It's the first book of The Hunger Games Trilogy (the second book is "Catching Fire" and the third is "Mockingjay" )Check the review of the second sequel hereCheck the review of the third sequel hereTHE STORY OF THE BOOK:
It's about some cruel country that rules 13 districts. A lot of the citizens died of hunger and suffered of starvation. The districts uprised against the "government". The ruling country was able to stop them, and totally killed the people of district 13 in order to show the other districts how strong they are. They even held an annual "celebration" on the reaping days, this celebration is a sort of game which is being aired live to everyone, and it's mandatory for everyone to watch the games. It's called The Hunger Games which is meant to remind them every year of how bad an idea it is to uprise against them, and how powerful they're over the 12 districts, and yet how merciful they are as they didn't kill the other people. They choose a boy tribute and a girl tribute from each district (24 tributes as a total). They put them in some place whether it's desert or woods, HOT or FREEZING. And they're supposed to struggle to live when no food is being presented (except for hunting animals, or eating fruits), and they even kill each others to survive, as the only survivor is the winner. And his district then is being showered with gifts, of food actually. The narrator of the story is a girl who lives in district 12, her younger sister (12 years old) was being chosen as the girl tribute of this years' hunger games (not chosen - but actually her name was drawn from a big pot containing the names of all those above 12 years old and less than 18 in district 12). And because she LOVED her younger sister, she wanted to save her, and volunteered as a tribute instead of her sister, and they announce the boy tribute name. And the Hunger Games begin..ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Suzanne Collins (born August 10, 1962) is an American television writer and novelist, best known for writing The Hunger Games series (which comprises The Hunger Games, Catching Fire, and Mockingjay).
Since 1991, Suzanne Collins has been busy writing for children’s television. She has worked on the staffs of several Nickelodeon shows, including the Emmy-nominated hit Clarissa Explains it All and The Mystery Files of Shelby Woo. For preschool viewers, she penned multiple stories for the Emmy-nominated Little Bear and Oswald. She also co-wrote the critically acclaimed Rankin/Bass Christmas special, Santa, Baby! Most recently she was the Head Writer for Scholastic Entertainment’s Clifford’s Puppy Days.
While working on a Kids WB show called Generation O! she met children’s author James Proimos, who talked her into giving children’s books a try.
Thinking one day about Alice in Wonderland, she was struck by how pastoral the setting must seem to kids who, like her own, lived in urban surroundings. In New York City, you’re much more likely to fall down a manhole than a rabbit hole and, if you do, you’re not going to find a tea party. What you might find...? Well, that’s the story of Gregor the Overlander, the first book in her five-part series, The Underland Chronicles.
Suzanne also has a rhyming picture book illustrated by Mike Lester entitled When Charlie McButton Lost Power.
She currently lives in Connecticut with her family and a pair of feral kittens they adopted from their backyard.
The books she is most successful for in teenage eyes are the Hunger Games, Catching Fire and Mockingjay. These books have won several awards, including the GA Peach Award.MY REVIEW:
This book is a page-turner.. I LOVED it and it easily became one of my favorites. It shows the starvation and suffering of the people in the poor districts of Panem, and the violence they were obliged to. It showed their misery and starvation, which at the same time became the source of their strength to win the games. The character development is excellent in the book. I even cried in the sad parts of the books Nothing much I can say about it, but it is definitely captivating and worth reading. And I also liked that the romance was NOT the main theme of the first book, it wasn't "twilighted" into a "love-triangle", and surviving and saving the heroine's family from starvation seemed to be much more important to her than any love story.
As for the movie, it's totally disappointing. It lacks character and emotions development. It converted the book into an "action" movie lacking the main value of the book. There are major differences, missing details, and lacking what the book is really about. And I was glad to not be the only one who thinks so:
" But by translating Suzanne Collins’ angry, fascinating, gloriously accusatory novel into a nicely-paced action picture — the kind of movie where a starving girl from a bleak mining district wears a nice leather jacket when she goes out hunting with her handsome Hemsworth pal — the movie version of Hunger Games winds up being a well-packaged, unchallenging studio product."And that was my comment directly after watching the movie:
"Just watched The Hunger Games movie and it's....good. It would've been great if I haven't read the book, maybe. But the book is just MUCH MUCH MUCH better! The movie was TOO brief, I know they had to put the whole book in 2 hours, but I would've rather watched a 4-hour movie than skipping all those details, details which mattered to me, important details. Like they skipped that she had one deaf ear after the explosion, District 11 sent her a bread loaf, the monsters were actually the tributes who were killed earlier, many details of Haymitch when he was trying to advice them, when Haymitch said "You've got about as much charm as a dead slug", Peeta realizing she was only acting the "star-cross lovers" for the game and getting mad at her,...etc. I felt like watching a summary of the book! It sucks to skip all those details! Such details leave impressions, or I wouldn't have been remembering them by now! .. I'm kinda disappointed with the movie. But Jennifer Lawrence (playing Katniss) is very talented! She acted her role very well! "QUOTES I LIKED:
“You don’t forget the face of the person who was your last hope.”
“You’ve got about as much charm as a dead slug.”
“I'm more than just a piece in their Games.”
“I feel like I owe him something, and I hate owing people. Maybe if I had thanked him at some point, I'd be feeling less conflicted now. I thought about it a couple of times, but the opportunity never seemed to present itself. And now it never will. Because we're going to be thrown into an arena to fight to the death. Exactly how am I supposed to work in a thank-you in there? Somehow it just won't seem sincere if I'm trying to slit his throat.”
“What must it be like, I wonder, to live in a world where food appears at the press of a button? How would I spend the hours I now commit to combing the woods for sustenance if it were so easy to come by? What do they do all day, these people in the Capitol, besides decorating their bodies and waiting around for a new shipment of tributes to rill in and die for their entertainment?”