Woo, I’m super excited for today’s book review! Why, you may ask? Well, today I’ll be reviewing the first installment of my favorite dystopian series, The Hunger Games. But, to make it even better, I’ll also be reviewing the other two books in the trilogy, Catching Fire and Mockingjay over the next few weeks! So, stop back by the next two Fridays to check out those reviews. Now, drumroll please…
After re-reading The Hunger Games for the third time, I’m still in awe at the rawness and authenticity of the story. Here’s what I loved most:
Katniss’ Will to Persevere
Katniss is revered as one of the most kick-butt heroins in modern literature because she is, in fact, a majorly kick-butt young woman. Despite her crippling circumstances in both District 12 and The Games, Katniss never gives up the will to keep moving forward and “stay alive” as Haymitch advised. She is a great role model for young girls.
I had forgotten just how ADORABLE Peeta’s characterization is until this re-read. Though he’s sweet as sugar, he has a willingness to tough it out and put Katniss’ needs above his own. Peeta is a true gentleman and probably my favorite male lead in any series. The flashback to his and Katniss’ first day of school had me fangirling for half an hour after I finished the chapter. ❤
Just everything about this weirdo. XD Although I love his character arc in Catching Fire, I still enjoy watching Haymitch sober up enough to mentor the tributes in this installment. I also love his ability to communicate with Katniss silently with the sponsor gifts.
The Hunger Games is fast-paced and full of engaging plot twists that left me rooting for our MCs, crying at their defeats, and fangirling throughout. There is never a dull moment, that’s for sure!
The World Building
Every time I read/watch The Hunger Games, I’m blown away by the world building. I can clearly see Panem and the Capitol in my mind as I read, and the dystopian society is not far-fetched. Truthfully, it seems realistic, and a warning for what the future may be like.
Overall, The Hunger Games has been, and will remain, one of my all-time favorite books and will remain on that list for a long time.
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What are your thoughts on The Hunger Games? Like I mentioned earlier, check back here next Friday for a review of the second installment, and my personal favorite book in the The Hunger Games series, Catching Fire.
Aim high, stay strong, and always hit your mark.