Guest Review * The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

May 10, 2012 Reviews 12 ★★★★★

Guest Review * The Hunger Games by Suzanne CollinsThe Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Series: Hunger Games #1
Published by Scholastic Press on September 14, 2008
Genres: Dystopian, Young Adult
Pages: 374
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased
Add to: Goodreads
Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don't live to see the morning?

In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual 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 steps forward to take her sister’s place in the Games. But Katniss has been close to dead before—and survival, for her, is second nature. Without really meaning to, she becomes a contender.

If she is to win, she will have to start making choices that will weigh survival against humanity and life against love.

So the other day I was just chillin at work and I checked my facebook and saw that my brother posted that he was currently reading The Hunger Games and couldn’t put it down.  My brother can tell you exactly how many books he’s read (All the Harry Potter books and a couple of Dean Koontz) so I was beyond excited to see that he was reading it… and that it was so good he couldn’t put it down.  Since I haven’t reviewed The Hunger Games on my blog I thought it would be fun for him to review the book question and answer style.

Warning! This review is filled with spoilers for The Hunger Games!

1. Why did you decide to read The Hunger Games?
Everyone keeps talking about how good it is and how good the movie is and it was just sitting on the end table and I was bored so I picked it up and started reading it.
2. How long did it take you to read The Hunger Games?
A day and a half.  I was really tired but every time I put it down I had to pick it back up.
3. What did you think?
It was really good.  I want to read the other two books too.
4. What was your favorite part of the book?
My favorite part was when Katniss blew up all the food, finds rue and shoots the arrow through that guy.
5. What didn’t you like about the book?
I was really confused in the beginning.  Didn’t understand what the Hunger Games were.
6. Who was your favorite character?
Rue.  She jumps from tree to tree and that’s pretty badass.  I question how she died.  If she jumps from tree to tree and doesn’t spend anytime on the ground, how does she get caught in the open field.  She should have only been on the ground for a bit to set and start the fire.
7.  What are your thoughts on Katniss taking her sister’s place?
It’s something that should have been done.  She is older and a hunter so she stood a better chance.
8.  If you were selected in the Hunger Games would you expect me to take your place?
No, I’m a boy.  And you don’t even play sports.  You wouldn’t make it. (I should be offended by this, but I’m not.  Because it’s true.)
9. What are your thoughts about the berries?
Are we sure they were the poisonous ones?  Katniss could have been faking it or switched the berries.  If the capitol wouldn’t have stopped them I don’t think Katniss would have followed through and ate the poisonous berries.
10. What are your thoughts on the next two books?
Obviously they are going to take down the capitol.  Next book might be about stopping the Hunger Games, the third about taking down the capitol.
11. I have to ask.  Peeta or Gale?
Gale.  He has a solid relationship with Gale and it’s not fake.  Katniss is an idiot for not realizing Peeta loves her.  Gale would be a better fit for Katniss because they’ve known each other a long time and their feelings are real, not just for show.

Brad’s Rating
4 out of 5 stars.  It’s not as good as Harry Potter.

Well, there you have it.  The Hunger Games from my brothers perspective.


12 Responses to “Guest Review * The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins”

  1. Jessie Marie

    I loved this! Your brother and mine are very similar – not much for reading. But he recently did the same thing and put down the first two Hunger Games books in a matter of days. I still have whiplash from the shock.

    If you can get him to read, you should do this more often! Interesting to see a non-reader’s thoughts. : )

    • Kimberly @ On the Wings of Books

      That’s how I feel! I was not only in shock that he was reading it, but by how fast too. We had a really good conversation about it, but it was really hard to keep my mouth shut and not tell him that he was wrong on some of his predictions.

  2. Kate@Midnight Book Girl

    You have one smart brother, Kim! I never even thought to question Rue’s death! And I definitely was a Gale and Katniss fan in the beginning. And I love how your brother isn’t like, no, I wouldn’t let you take my place in Hunger Games because your my sister- nope, boils down to the fact that he’s a boy and you suck at sports (which I refuse to believe, you do good at Zumba. We should go bowling! Bowling’s a sport, right? Although I do suck at that, but maybe we could use the bumper lane). Have you told him your plan for HG? Or brag at how well you did at the game? ;)

    • Kimberly @ On the Wings of Books

      When I asked that question there as zero hesitation in his answer. He’s a guy end of story. It was a little bit low to bring up the sports, but since he’s right I can’t really get mad.

      I guess bowling is a sport, I’m not really sure. Doesn’t matter though cause I like bowling, even though I suck. :)

      I did tell him my HG plan and he has a lot more faith in me than I do because he doesn’t think I would actually do that.

  3. Bittner

    That was such a great idea Kim! I’m glad your brother liked it. My older sister read it last summer and wasn’t impressed. She isn’t a big fan of YA novels in general though.

    • Kimberly @ On the Wings of Books

      I would have been really sad if he hadn’t liked it but I know that if he wasn’t interested he would have put the book down no problem. I’m sorry your sister didn’t like it, but to each his own!

  4. fakesteph

    I LOVE THIS!!! He makes SUCH a good point about Rue’s death! I hadn’t even thought about that. As for his thoughts about book 2 and 3… I wish! And I would agree with him about Gale if Gale had been consistent across the books… the way they grow together, I think Peeta and her grow into something she needs that she could never have with Gale (but maybe could have if other things had gone differently). If you’re okay with it, I totally want to steal this idea and have my brother guest post on my blog now!!!

  5. Jenny

    LOL! This is the most awesome review ever! I love how blunt your brother is in his answers. So practical. I liked Gale better too.

  6. Andrea @ The Overstuffed Bookcase

    I love this! My husband has been reading a lot of my books lately (he read Insurgent already, and I’m still rereading Divergent!) and I’ve thought about having a feature where he wrote some reviews. But I like the way you’ve done it, with the questions, because I think that adds something extra to it!
    I love his answer for #8, and I think he may be on to something with #10! ;) And I love the rating: “4 out of 5 stars. It’s not as good as Harry Potter.” Lol! I gave these books 5 stars each but I totally agree with them not being as good as Harry Potter, and I love that’s how he gauges the books!
    You should totally have him do this with the other books as well! ;)

    • Kimberly @ On the Wings of Books

      I had to ask the questions because he would have never written a review, but it was more fun that way. Harry Potter needs it’s own special 6 star rating. He was pretty perceptive about the next books I can’t wait for him to read them!