The Hunger Games (2008) *Spoiler Free* Review

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The Hunger Games

The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins

Book 1/3 “The Hunger Games” Trilogy

Young Adult, Dystopian

Re-read, Buddy read with Rebecca

Trigger Warnings: Racism, enclosed spaces, death, loss of a loved one, injury, sibling separation, loss of a parent (past), abandonment, depression, alcoholism, domestic abuse (hand of a parent), PTSD, gore, violence, murder, animal death(s) (as a food source)

Publication date: September 14th, 2008

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Actual rating ↦  4.5 stars

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Character/Terms Guide ⇩

►Katniss Everdeen – 16, grey eyes
►Primrose Everdeen – 12, Katniss’ younger sister, goes by Prim
►Buttercup – Prim’s cat
►Gale – 18, grey eyes,
►Effie Trinket – District 12’s escort
►Madge Undersee – The Mayor’s daughter
►Panem – used to be North America
►Haymitch Abernathy – 40ish, Past Hunger Games victor (74th Hunger Games), alcoholic
►Peeta Mellark – 16, abused by his mother
►Cinna – Katniss’ stylist, 1st year in the games
►Caesar Flickerman – host of The Hunger Games

►The Capitol – Corrupt Government system
Avox – someone who committed a crime, has tongue cut out (probably a traitor)
►Reaping system — 2 kids picked for the reaping (1 girl 1 boy) – you’re eligible when you’re 12 (1 entry), 13 (twice) etc. 18 (7) – can add more entries in exchange for goods like grains etc. Katniss had 4 entries at age 12, at 16 (20 entries) – Gale (18) feeding family of 5 (42 entries)
►District 1 (luxury items for Capitol), District 3 (factory), District 4 (finishing), District 11 (agriculture, District 12 (coal mining)

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

I recently felt the urge to re-read this series before the new book comes out later this month, so I re-read the trilogy with a friend and surprisingly, The Hunger Games was my favourite book in the trilogy. I could not put it down! I think som part of that was nostalgia and the feeling of being back in a world so well-written and with characters you grew up with! It was both comforting being back in this world and disturbing because nothing about this book has changed – it’s absolutely disturbing how vivid the games are in this book and how well I’d remembered it all! The writing is so good! You can genuinely feel how harsh this world is, and even though you’re only reading the book, you never feel safe in reading about the Hunger Games!

“Gale says I never smile, except in the woods.”

When I read this series back when the movies were coming out it was one of my favourite series and I’m pretty sure my favourite thing about it was Peeta and Katnis,, because you know, I was 12 and honestly, I didn’t read very deeply into the books I was reading. Not to offend any teens out there, I was just a very shallow reader as a kid.

But, upon this re-read what really struck me was the world Katniss lived in and just how disturbing it is. I also really appreciated how descriptive the writing was. The author gives you a very clear idea of how bad Katniss’ situation is and it really sticks in your head, even when Katniss forgets her situation, the reader never does and I think that’s really powerful!

“Katniss, the girl who was on fire.”

I also really enjoyed, ,maybe that’s the wrong word, but appreciated how clear the capitalism is in this book. Like, it’ snot exactly subtle which is honestly kind of funny, they’re called the Capitol. For instance, if you live in the Capitol you don’t participate in the reaping, you watch and bet on the tributes.

“Already the boy with the bread is slipping away from me.”

I don’t really have a whole lot to say about this book other than that it was fantastic and brutal. But, I think my main take away was how much I appreciate Peeta. He’s obviously abused by his mother and his entire family was rooting for Katniss in the games so I really felt for him in this book. It’s amazing what a character like Peeta, who’s sort of endlessly optimistic and open can do in a world like this.

I think he’s going to have some crazy character development due to some serious ptsd and I think that’ll be the same with Katniss, honestly. But, I think Katniss will survive it whereas Peeta might come out of it a bit more worse for wear. I really am interested to see where his character goes in the series, though I honestly don’t really care about the romance. I know that he has a crush on her but Katniss strikes me more as Aromantic but I doubt this series has that kind of rep.

Either way, this book was amazing and I already can’t wait to read it again.  It really is  crazy to me that I just read an entire book dedicated to children murdering each other for the entertainment of rich people. Absolutely wild.

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4 thoughts on “The Hunger Games (2008) *Spoiler Free* Review

  1. Ahhh I love this review. ❤ I love this series SO MUCH. And I can appreciate you feeling like Katniss is aro tbh! While it isn't the same, I know, I always felt like her romantic attraction to people wasn't quite what we're taught to think of as the "default" when I was younger, and when I got older and learned more terminology, I realized that my headcanon for her is demiromantic and demisexual! I definitely don't feel like she's the type to fall for anyone quickly or easily, though I do def ship her with Peeta. ❤ I just love Katniss so much in general though, tbh she's one of my favorite literary protagonists of all time!

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    1. Thank you!
      Yeah, I get big aro vibes from Katniss! Ooh that’s interesting and I honestly didn’t even think of that, but that’s on me! Sorry! But, you’re right that makes a lot of sense for her character arc with Peeta (and Gale somewhat as well!)

      I agree, she’s definitely one of the best literary protags!! 💖💖

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