Sunday, October 30, 2011

Book Review -- "The Hunger Games" by Suzanne Collins

I must be the only person in the world who hadn't heard of this series, and I finally caved and got the trilogy.  I had no idea what the books were even about -- and I devoured the first book in two days.

I found strong elements of "The Running Man" by Stephen King and "The Lottery" by Shirley Jackson, but I don't feel the book is a copy of either.  The book stands on its own merit.  Katniss and Peeta, the main characters, are fighting to stay alive in the annual Hunger Games, a "game" of survival by wits, weapons, and will.  Both main characters are richly developed, and even lesser characters who only appear in a few chapters are given their own importance and significance.

The ending leaves the reader in suspense and eager for the next book.  I can't wait to start it.  However, I was rather surprised the book was written for a teen audience.  A lot of kids in my son's third grade class are completely capable of reading on this level, and I think it might be too much for some of them.  I'd recommend a parent read the book first (hardly a chore for most!) and decide then if it's appropriate yet for your child.  (Just my two cents, your mileage may vary.)

Excellent book, a completely departure-from-the-world book.  Highly recommended.


Lori Anderson creates jewelry for her web site, Lori Anderson Designs, and wrote the blog An Artist's Year Off. She's also a contributor to Art Bead Scene and is the creator of the Bead Soup Blog Party.


  1. I figured you'd read these in a few hours, given your reading speed. They were the first things I read on Kindle (pre-Nook). I felt like they belonged in the adolescent lit category except for the violence which I hate to see kids exposed to. Otherwise, they were ok and sometimes very sweet, I thought!

  2. I'm waiting to see how the movie turns out. I enjoyed the books more than I thought I would so maybe the movie will turn out better than expected. Again, thanks for the review - I always enjoy reading them.

  3. I wasn't interested in the Hunger Games series until my son gave me a copy and I loved it.

  4. I could not read fast enough. I read a book a day, with only a one day off break to find the last book. LOVED it and was sad for it to end.


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