In case you have been out of touch with the world since 2009, this review will feature this little book here.

book cover of "The Hunger Games" by Suzanne Collins

Maybe you’ve heard of it??? If not, don’t worry, I’m going to tell you all about it! (With as few spoilers as possible. Promise.)

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins


Katniss Everdeen is 16 and lives with her mother and younger sister in Panem’s District 12, aka the Seam. (Panem was founded in the ruins of what we call North America and is divided into 12 districts and one capitol territory.) They live in poverty, surviving on what Katniss and her friend Gale bring home from their dangerous and illegal hunting trips in the forest outside the Seam.

The morning we meet Katniss is a holiday of sorts in Panem. Called the reaping, it begins the Games; a huge televised event held every year in Panem pitting two children from each district against each other in a fight to the death. The winner of the Games each year is given fabulous riches and lives in luxury for the rest of their lives. Unfortunately, to manage this they have to survive the unimaginable horrors of the Games.

At this year’s reaping Katniss’s sister, Prim, is the first person, or tribute, picked in District 12 to compete in the Games. Not willing to let her sister die in the Games, Katniss volunteers herself and begins the terrifying journey to the Capitol where the Games are held each year.


I LOVED this book. It moves so quickly, the story just pulls you from chapter to chapter. *Be warned, this might not be a good book to start before bed. You won’t want to sleep!* Katniss is a really well written character; and, while I certainly didn’t agree with all of her decisions as the story went forward, I understood her well enough to at least get why she makes the choices she does. I really felt that Katniss was a real person, she is so well described. I connected with her quickly and felt the whole range of emotions (terror to happiness) with her as she competes in the games.

Suzanne Collins does a really great job of helping the reader to see the world of Panem and the games clearly. Her characters are equally vivid, and she builds so much suspense in the story with her strong clear writing. Thankfully this is the first book in a series, so you don’t have to worry about saying goodbye to Katniss and Panem when this book ends. Also, you know that Suzanne will make the next books just as suspenseful and fun to read as the Hunger Games!


four of five star rating

I give this book 4 stars. It kicked-butt and took names à la Chuck Norris.

How to get this book:

Because I know you are now totally excited to read this book, I will share with you the 2 ways that you can get your paws on it from our library. And remember, you’ll need your library card for both!

  1. book (This link is currently broken… we had to get a new copy of the book, but it will be on the shelf and the link fixed soon I promise!)
  2. e-audiobook

Once you’ve read it, let me know what you thought!! Oh and btw, you are allowed to disagree with me. 🙂

Want the next two books? Find Catching Fire and Mocking Jay at the library too.

P.S. This book is being made into a movie. I can’t decide if that’s a good idea or not… We’ll see!

Hot off the interwebs: Check out this killer glog (it’s like a blog smashed with a poster smashed with YouTube) for books that you may like if you liked The Hunger Games. I take no credit, some other awesome librarian did this sucker! 😀