The Hunger Games: Book Review

ImageThe Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins, Scholastic Press, September 14th 2008. 374 pages

For my blog post I wanted to do something fun and write a book review; yet I couldn’t quit decide which book to start with. So, I decided on the book, which made the young adult genre into a completely new possibility for creativity: The Hunger Games.

For those who haven’t read this book (the few and far between) The Hunger Games is set in the future where one city rules twelve Districts; each sectioned off and required to do particular functions for society. In order to keep the Districts compliant one boy and one girl from each District are randomly selected to participate in the Hunger Games: a gladiator type battle where each child has to fight for his/her life to become the winner.

The story begins by introducing Katniss, a poor teenager with a younger sister and a grieving mother. Katniss spends most of her time illegally hunting in the nearby woods to feed her family and barter with her neighbors. Suzanne starts the book with appeal and interest right away; the illegality of Katniss’ actions keeps the book fast paced and full of anticipation.

With the novel’s body we see Katiniss volunteering as a contestant to save her younger sister, training to defeat the other contestants, and showing off to get sponsors to help during the Games.  We also meet Peeta the boy from District 12 and his potential as a love interest for Katniss.

The climax includes intense battles, strategic positioning, and an unexpected conclusion. A wonderfully well-rounded story, which draws the reader in and keeps them interested to the end.

When I first read this story, I was hooked by the originality and creativity wrapped around characters I wanted to read about. This story has the suspense that I love and the character interaction I adoreIt is no wonder I couldn’t put it down.

Thanks for reading my blog!

A.G. Zalens

Advertisements

Let Me Introduce Myself

“Read, read, read. Read everything — trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it. Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the master. Read! You’ll absorb it.
Then write. If it’s good, you’ll find out. If it’s not, throw it out of the window.”
― William Faulkner

How many books have I started? I’m not sure… quite a few; beginning in my teens. I would write, develop characters, give them names, place them in exciting situations, have them interact, and move them forward: only to abandon them in the chaos of life.

If writing has been my hobby than reading has been my profession – well…not really, but it would be awesome! When writing slows picking up a book is the next best thing.

About a year ago it occurred to me: after the many books I’ve read −it’s time to write again.

So here I am in the middle of editing my first novel and blogging to tell about my experiences. For me it’s a difficult challenge; as I’m an introvert at heart, an adventurer through fiction, a stay-at-home social sloth, and busy reader and writer. [ Tweet that ]

Giving pieces of my life to others can be tough (I’m the baby of a large family and I’ve grown accustomed to my siblings providing such information for me.) You may encounter slumps, slow patches, and sloppy places in my posts as I adjust.

In addition to “getting myself out there,” I’m also blogging for the motivation to finish the last leg of rough edits. My novel mixes YA and New Adult with fantasy, mystery, sci-fi, and a little romance. I have about 320 pages written – pre-editing; my word count changes daily (especially when I come upon areas where I must have been sleep-writing.) It’s been fun and rewarding but also hard and frustrating. I can’t wait to finish it!

Now begins my journey through this new phase. I’ll share the process and try and keep it light, fun, and interactive. Enjoy!

Here’s my first bio:

A.G. Zalens was born and raised in the American Southwest where she received a Bachelor’s degree and wrote her first novel. Besides her love of writing and reading great books, she also adores graphic design, movies, music, lightning storms, scanning twitter, and quality time with her family.

Thanks for reading my blog!
A.G. Zalens