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Title: The Hunger Games

Author: Suzanne Collins

Published: 2008

Description: 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. But if she is to win, she will have to start making choices that will weigh survival against humanity and life against love. (Taken from Goodreads)

I had been meaning to read this book for ages, and just never really got around to it. However when my friends and I made a movie date to go see it I knew I had to read it before I stepped foot into that theater.

And after reading it, I’m like, WHAT TOOK ME SO LONG? It was amazing and I loved every minute of it. I started it and had to drag myself out of the world to go to class. Every spare minute I had I would just delve back into Panem, it was that captivating.

I loved the fact that the book was written in first person so that we could hear the crazy things going on in her head. Sometimes I wanted to just smack her, especially when she was doubting Peeta and his intentions.

Speaking of Peeta I’m sure everyone has picked sides, but after reading JUST the first book who else could you possibly be rooting for except Peeta? You hardly know a thing about Gale.

She needs some help in the love department though, some SERIOUS help. When she broke Peeta’s heart, it made me so sad. Poor thing and then he still helped her, that is what you call LOVE. 🙂

Now on to the movie, when we left the theater everyone was raving about how wonderful it was but for me there was something missing. Not sure what it was but it didn’t pull me in like the book did.

For one the camera was too shaky, I mean I get you’re trying to show me the world from her perspective but every time that would happen I would get pulled out of the story.

Another big gripe I had was the fact that there was no inner monologue, her voice that was so prominent in the book was completely absent in the movie. It was so quiet without her constant babbling. Because of the lack of her voice I doubt the people who haven’t read the books even know why she did certain things and that was half the fun.

The omissions irked me somewhat because I like when the movie or show is faithful to the book but I understand these things have to happen so I won’t really hold it against them. Although, I’m pretty sure some of those omissions will cause problems later on.

All in all I enjoyed the book immensely and enjoyed the movie. I give the book a 5 out of 5. If you haven’t read it yet, you should pick it up immediately, it’s a must read especially if you’re into post-apocalyptic fiction.

Have you read The Hunger Games yet?

Are you Team Peeta or Team Gale?

Book or movie, which one tops your list?

Let me know in the comments below.

Happy Reading! 🙂

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Almost a week ago I wrote my FINAL, final exam.

And as I walked on campus I had the feeling that this might be the last time this ever happens.

I suppose it’s just sentimentality kicking in but it made me sad that my time there had come to an end. Things that I did day in day out would no longer be a part of my life. The people, the places, the routine, but it is indeed time to move on.

Even with this sadness in my heart about leaving I still found myself singing Jason Mraz‘s Wordplay half way through the exam thinking after this is over I’m a free woman!

Too bad completing your degree doesn’t guarantee you a job anymore.

Are you a final year student?

Are you feeling a bit sentimental or are you more than happy to leave?

Let me know in the comments below.

Happy job hunting!

 


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