The Hunger Games (Review)

Book cover for "The Hunger Games" by Suzanne Collins.Title: The Hunger Games

Author: Suzanne Collins

Narrator: Carolyn McCormick

Publication Year: 2008

Pages: 384 (audio length: 11 hours 10 minutes)

Genre: Fiction, Young Adult, Dystopia

Source: Audiobook purchased from

From the cover:

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 12 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 12 and 18 to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

16-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 weigh survival against humanity and life against love.

Why, oh why, did you guys let me go so long without reading this book?!

I’ve been wanting to pick up The Hunger Games series for a while, but the Audible sale last week really pushed me into it. Once I started listening, I couldn’t stop myself! I finished the book in just a few days, which for me and audiobooks is very fast.

Right from the beginning, I loved the strength of Katniss’ character. She was the strong, independent type of girl that I wish existed in so many more young adult (and even adult!) novels. I also have a huge soft spot for books with characters that have to face adversity and challenges in their lives, and she really hit the jackpot on that one.

The Hunger Games was also, for me, a great take on a dystopian civilization that today’s society should be able to relate to. I think that my students would probably love this book – in fact, I had a student a few years ago who did a book report on it, and I remember her saying she had enjoyed it – and that’s no small feat with the demographic that I teach. There’s just something about this book, though, that I think would draw my students in – there’s so much action going on, so many injustices, and the characters are just so realistic.

So if you, like me a few weeks ago, haven’t read this book – what are you waiting for? Get your butt out there and grab a copy! I know that I’ll be picking up Catching Fire and Mockingjay as soon as I can.


7 thoughts on “The Hunger Games (Review)”

  1. I love reading reviews of this one because it’s one of those books that I wish I could go back and read for the first time again! Glad you enjoyed it and hope the rest of the series is to your liking as well!

  2. Thanks for your great review. I have it on my nightstand but was scared to read it though I heard it was amazing because I was afraid it would be too violent. Now I am going to read it! thanks!

  3. I’ve also heard fantastic things about this book, but I’ve avoided it because I was afraid it would be too depressing. There are some major downers in my life right now, and I hesitate to compound it by reading fiction or watching shows that are downers. If the depressingness had redemptive qualities, and moments of joy and laughter, I can take it. Your review makes me want to read it more, but I’m still on the fence!

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