The Hunger Games Review

Hmm…. it’s a book targeted at Young Adults, about a 16 year old girl living in a post-Apocalyptic world… should be pretty interesting. Let me just read through it really quick…

Holy shit. I am never sleeping again. This book has decided that. Never again.

The Hunger Games (by Suzanne Collins) is about 16 year old Katniss, who volunteers to take her younger sister’s place in the annual Hunger Games. What are the Hunger Games? It’s like a big reality show, where 24 children between the ages of 12 and 18 are chosen in a national lottery to… fight to the death. Yeah, it’s that kind of book.

Look, it is a really well written book. The kind that once you start reading it, you can’t put it down. But that doesn’t mean it’s not all kinds of messed up. By the nature of the story, you’re going to be reading about kids murdering other kids. That’s effed up.

And because the book is so well-written, you really develop an attachment to some of the characters. Then they get murdered. Or they become cold-blooded murderers themselves in order to survive. Or both.

I’m sure there’s some deeper meaning there about not letting a government control its people or be careful what you consider to be entertainment, but those themes really don’t show up until the sequels. The first book is mostly just a bloodbath. With children.

And who the hell decides that a book should be marketed to Young Adults? Harry Potter this ain’t. I’m 26 and this book gave me nightmares. There is some shit that once you read, you can’t un-read. I can shower all I want, it still won’t wash away the memories (believe me, I’ve tried. But at least now I feel so fresh and so clean)

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Final verdict: This book is violent, intense and action-packed but it’s also creepy as shit. It’s probably worth reading, just make sure you have a night-light handy.

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One Response to The Hunger Games Review

  1. Donald Davenport says:

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