I can remember being in school and struggling with reading. I'm not sure why I struggled but i do remember my mom buying extra learning books for me to read. I watched The witches on TV and suddenly picking up a Roald Dahl book. I knew from then my love of reading started.
My reading genres have changed a lot throughout the years. I used to read Stephen King books when I was in my teens and I would be hooked for days. I moved on to autobiographies and child memoir books they both used to make me cry but I loved reading about someone else's life.
These days I'm a sucker for a movie and I won't lie when it comes out I have to watch it then read the books after. It totally spoils and as you totally lose the imagination of the book. I remember the Stephan king books and the movies and thinking how awful the movies was.
I was happy not to have caught the twilight fuss when it first come out as I watched the first movie first then had read the books before the other movies had been made and the little details that aren't in the film that really make it one of my favorite books.
I've been really lucky to receive The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins books to review. I know they are teen based but the whole concept is so unreal its truly fascinating.
So the books are based on a 16 year old girl called Katniss Everdeen, who lives in one of the 12 districts. The hunger games is an annual event that one boy and one girl have to complete in a battle of death in an outdoor arena while every one around the districts watches on huge TV screens. The tributes are picked from a huge bowl which have names written on paper. Your name goes in every year as you get older or take the option of having essential staples for there family for the winter. As punishment for a past rebellion against the Capitol, in which a 13th district was destroyed.
As they enter the 74th hunger games, Katniss 12 year old sister Primrose is picked. So Katniss steps in and takes her place. The male tribute chosen from District 12 is Peeta Mellark, a former schoolmate of Katniss who once gave her burnt bread from his family's bakery when her family was starving. Katniss is given a mocking jay pin, which becomes her trademark in the book and throughout the series.
Katniss and Peeta are taken to the Capitol, there mentor, Haymitch Abernathy, victor of the 50th Hunger Games, instructs them to watch and determine the strengths and weaknesses of the other tributes. "Stylists" are employed to make each tribute look his or her best so they can gain sponsors for expensive survival items such as food, medicine, tools and weapons which could save there lives in the arena. Peeta reveals on-air his longtime unrequited love for Katniss to gain sponsors as he believe people will help them while in the area.
Once on the island, half of the the tributes are wiped out as they land fighting for weapons and backpacks. Katniss managed to grab herself an essential backpack and which her super hunting and survival skills remains unharmed. A few days into the Games, Katniss develops an alliance with Rue, from the District 11 who reminds Katniss of her own sister. In the meantime, Peeta appears to have joined forces with the tributes from the richer districts. However, when he has the opportunity to kill Katniss, he instead saves her from the others. Katniss's alliance with Rue is brought to an abrupt end when Rue is killed by another tribute, whom Katniss then kills in self-defence with an arrow. Katniss sings to Rue until she dies, and spreads flowers over her body as a sign of respect for Rue and disgust towards the Capitol.
Katniss finds Peeta in a bad way, after the tributes hear that if the boy and girl from both districts are still alive they both can win together. Peeta leg is in bad shape when she finds him. Lucky they find a cave and grow close while the sponsors send parcels to them to help Petta get better. Katniss knows if she follows along with the love story they will gain more sponsors and audience. When the couple remain and game makers quickly reverse the rule back to only one tribute can win. Katniss quick thinking of some poisonines berries she found, offers some to Peeta. So they can can go out together leaving no winners.
Realizing that Katniss and Peeta intend to commit suicide, the Gamemakers announce that both will be the victors of the 74th Hunger Games. Peeta soon realises it was all an act and left heartbroken. The Gamemakers are mad after being a rebellion from the two tributes.
I've really enjoyed The first hunger game book has had me glued as much as I can be with two little ones around. I've picked it up every spare minute i've had.
All three books are a mere £7.99 from the works HERE.
The Hunger Games Catching Fire review coming soon......