The Hunger Games!!!!!

Posted March 22, 2012 by Tara in Review /// 8 Comments

I am soooo buying some Mockingjay jewelry.

The Hunger Games
by Suzanne Collins
Scholastic/Scholastic Audio
Purchased from book fair and
[#23 in my 75 book challenge]

I did it. I started my re-read of The Hunger Games this week and finished it within 48 hours. I will have it fresh in my mind when I go to see the movie premier at midnight.

For those of you who don’t know the story: 24 kids have to fight each other to the death on national TV. That’s the basic jist. Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark are chosen to represent District 12 as tributes in these awful “games,” which are just one more strategy the Capital uses to oppress and control the citizens of the futuristic, dystopian country of Panem.

Basically it’s, like, my second favorite book ever. I adored it the first time I read it and I adored it the second time. Re-reading was nice because I could keep track of all the different tributes from each district a little better. Cato, Clove, Glimmer, Foxface, Rue, Thresh, and each of the careers.

This time around I really liked that the games didn’t start until halfway through the book. The first time I was just impatient, but I realize that the reaping and the preparation in the Capital were just as important as the Games.  I was surprised by how little I actually remembered from the actual scenes in the arena. The scene with Peeta and Katniss stuck in my head, the landmines at the Cornucopia, and the ending but everything else was like, “oh! Yes! I forgot about that!” Of course, I was also thinking about how some of those scenes will play out in the movie. Now I’m SUPER excited.

Watching this as a movie tonight will be intense. It’s one thing to read the book and imagine everything happening, and it’s another to see it taking place right in front of you. Even though I know it’s not real, it will feel real in a different way than the book did. I can already tell you that I will cry in at least one scene, and I will think the psychological terror of what the tributes experience is terrifying.

FINAL GRADE:   A   I love it. Duh. It may not be stellar prose, but it’s good. The story, the characters, and the pacing are spot on. Recommended to everyone over eleven (my sixth graders do love it). You can read my review of the book as #2 on my all-time favorites or my review of the The Girl Who Was On Fire (a collection of essays about the series) if you love the book as much as I do!

Are you going to the movie tonight? Friday? This weekend? Do you think you’ll be thrilled or disappointed?


Tara is a PhD student studying education. Her dissertation will be on digital book communities as public pedagogy (ask her about it!), though she often takes a break from all of that to read books about oppressive governments and sassy teenagers. In a former life, she was a middle school teacher and middle school librarian. In her future life, she's a professor of YA lit. In her free time, she drinks a lot of coffee while planning her next grand adventure (there's always something).

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8 responses to “The Hunger Games!!!!!

  1. I’ve said it a billion times this week, but I LOVE THE HUNGER GAMES! I seriously cannot wait to see the movie and want to read and read and read it all over again! I feel like I’ve forgotten all these great scenes and want to have that “OMG I love this scene!” feeling again.

  2. I’m always nervous when a book I enjoy immensely is turned into a movie. Let’s face it, they’re usually terrible reproductions/adaptations/etc. The Hunger Games was no different. However, after seeing some of the previews and seeing the better known cast members (Stanley Tucci, Woody Harrelson & Elizabeth Banks, specifically), I am very excited to see the movie. I won’t be able to go to the midnight showing (or probably even over the weekend) but I will definitely be going as soon as I can! Enjoy it!! I can’t wait to see what you think of the movie (assuming you post about it, that is!)

    But I think I will do a re-read of the first book as well.

  3. I’m hoping to catch the movie on Sunday. I actually think this is a book that would hold up well as a movie– there is so much action and imagery that I actually am excited to see a dress made of flames and the arena and hardscrabble life in District 12. I, of course, assume the book will be better than the movie. Hope you have fun at the midnight showing!!!

  4. The reason I am so supportive of our church’s youth leader in having all the high-schoolers read the Hunger Games is that it carries such an urgent message of what we are fast approaching in the U.S. TODAY! Does the name Trayvon ring a bell? Rush? Racist bumper stickers? Just a prelude, I very much fear, to our own real life “hunger games”!

  5. Loved the books, one of my few favorite series that actually had a decent ending. I think the movies will do great, it’ll be a treat to see it in action. I’m not sure when I’ll see the movie, but still excited it’s coming out!

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