Posts tagged survival
Posts tagged survival
By Suzanne Collins
Started: 26th February 2012
Finished: 27th February 2012
After this book being recommended by practically everyone that has ever read it, I decided to pick it up last November. I managed to read it all in one night and that’s when my love for the series started. I knew that this would be a book that I would read again, and with the film fast approaching I wanted it to be before it came out.
I don’t even know where to start with this book. The plot is just excellently thought out. All the twists and turns in it leaving you in wonder and suspense as you keep turning the pages. It starts in Katniss’ home of District 12, in the Seam. It’s the day of the reaping that everyone wishes they could just sleep through and forget about. It’s an emotional day for everyone and it just gets worse when the name that is called is the one of Katniss’ sister (Prim). Before she knows it she is sent to the Capitol where she is prepped and trained for the games.
Along the way you’re introduced to so many intriguing characters. I loved Cinna. I would just love to know him, despite being from the Capitol he’s not like the rest of them. I can’t just pick him out, though. I don’t think there was a character that I didn’t like. Even the other tributes grew on me, no matter how vicious they were, at the end of the day they were all scared and all trying to get back home to their families no matter what…
The writing leaves you breathless. I have total admiration and respect for writers who are able to make me laugh, cry and get angry all in one book. That’s pure skill. There are some lines in the novel that send chills up your spine and your skin slowly bubbles as your emotions come to the surface. Then there are others which leave you throwing your head back in laughter. It’s because of this that keeps you wanting to read more, you just can’t get enough. You want to know where the words will take you next. If they do work in Katniss and Peeta’s favour.
This story is primarily about survival. This can be quite a heavy topic to write let alone read, Collins has divided it up with a love story. It’s touching that there could be something so delicate amongst all this hatred and death. However this novel isn’t straight forward, sure I mentioned there is a love story but it’s not nearly as simple as you expect it to be… And it just gets more complicated as the series continues.
I would recommend this to everyone. I believe everyone should read it or at least go and see the film. There’s nothing I can fault about this book at all. I could try and nit-pick but I don’t want to, this book should get all the praise that it deserves. Although I don’t feel that this review gives the book the justice, you need to experience it firsthand.
“Maybe there is a beast, maybe it’s us.”