Review: The Hunger Games

Genre:  YA Fantasy/ Dystopian
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Release Date:  Reprint edition  (4/3/10)
Paperback: 384 pages
Buy the Book: Amazon
Book Description
In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. Long ago the districts waged war on the Capitol and were defeated. As part of the surrender terms, each district agreed to send one boy and one girl to appear in an annual televised event called, “The Hunger Games,” a fight to the death on live TV. Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives alone with her mother and younger sister, regards it as a death sentence when she is forced to represent her district in the Games. The terrain, rules, and level of audience participation may change but one thing is constant: kill or be killed.
Reviews by Mocha Girl Book Bloggers
Mocha Girl Tia’s Review:  I really liked this book. It was unlike any other book I have read before. It kept me entertained the whole way through. I look forward to reading Catching Fire.
Mocha Girl Shannon’s Review:  There was so much hype surrounding the recommendation of this book that I feared it would be a big disappointment. How wrong I was! It may not be the most original idea, but it was an extremely refreshing read and incredibly well-written. I especially liked how the story ended, with loose ends still trailing along behind it instead of everything being all tied up nice and neat. I enjoyed the story from beginning to end and am looking forward to the second installment.
Mocha Girl Rochelle’s Review:  Good Morning Mocha Girls and Happy Monday just finished the book, this book kept me on the edge of my sit, it kept me intrigued and anxious to get to the end and then there is the end, (don’t want to spoil the end for those that have not finished,) overall good book.
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  • I loved this book – in fact, the entire series rocked!


    I was up @ 3am, on the edge of my seat just to get to the next part, and the next… now I’m done with this book, and gotta get the next book in the series!!!!

  • I loved this book. I have to say it is one of my favorites. I was up all night reading this book. Could not put it down. I’m glad you all liked it.

  • I opted out of this month’s read-through because I’m all “Hunger Games” out! See, I read the trilogy last spring in one week! Then, decided that my students needed to read these books, so I read the trilogy again during the summer to prep for my classes and then, of course, read the books again with my students in the fall. That’s how much I loved this series – read 3 times in 6 months. Even though I need some space from Katniss and Peeta, I still love the world that Collins created and love the books.

  • Who I love seeing everyone’s responses and thoughts. Great idea.

  • This was an awesome month of reading with you guys! I suggest that we go ahead and finish the series out. What do you all think?? LOL….

  • I loved this book!

  • person

    It is so great i have not been able to put down any of the books since i finished the first book hands down the best book i have ever read.

  • I didn’t like this book and suspected my opinion would be in the minority based on the popularity of the series. I wish I had been able to attend the meeting to maybe gain new perspectives on this book.

    The premise of Hunger Games depressed me – children fighting to the death. I know there were deeper issues and statements the book makes, but I couldn’t get past that. I finally put the book down and read the synopsis of each book in the series on Wikipedia. I wanted to know if my predictions were correct – and they were. As I love a good love story, I was happy to see the young couple get together, but I sadly wondered, “To what end?” Would they raise children who would also suffer hunger and grief, living under the fear of being a tribute in these sick Games?

    I read for escape to uplift me from my own problems and those I see in my job. I see children suffer and struggle to live every day at work in the Jordan Downs Projects. I couldn’t get into this one.

  • I never sleep while reading or rather listening to it. I’m looking forward to actually reading the other two which I just got. It’s fabulous.

  • leannenannette

    I want to read this book!  I won it in a giveaway and haven’t had time to read it yet.

  • RandiM

    I loved The Hunger Games. I wasn’t crazy about the ending of the series, but this book is definitely a must-read. 🙂

  • DeniseZaky

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts.  I was feeling the same in that I was afraid the book would not live up to the hype and while it was not the best book I have read this year, I did enjoy the story very much 🙂