The Hunger Games (#1) – Suzanne Collins

May contain slight spoilers.
I’d read a lot about how awesome The Hunger Games was before I got round to reading it myself. I had however tried to keep away from knowing exactly what the book was about as I wanted the book to keep me on my toes and shock me. I’m glad I did this as I think if I’d read too much about the storyline I wouldn’t have enjoyed the book as much as I did.
Katniss Everdeen is a young girl who tries to get through her day to day live by breaking the rules that have been set to ensure that anyone who lives in the districts in Panem struggles through life and is constantly reminded that they are the lesser being. The Capitol, the main city of Panem, sets up The Hunger Games, a dangerous reality TV show which shows one male and one female tribute from each of the twelve districts around the capital fight to the death for survival.
Katniss (which is a beautiful name by the way!) saves her sister from the torment of The Hunger Games and put herself forward as a voluntary tribute. She finds herself in an arena which can change temperatures and start tidal waves of fire in the flick of a switch, controlled by the Gamemakers who will do anything in their power to create a good show for the Capitol and the people watching in the twelve districts around the capitol. She could not have braced herself of what was to come in that arena, the feelings she’d have to the first time and the battles with her own mind that she encounters.
I enjoyed the book and I do want to read the next two in the series. I am looking forward to reading them; however I do not think I could say I loved the book. I did like it, the best bit being the characters and seeing them encounter their terrifying surroundings and the actions they were being forced to take. The main thing I didn’t enjoy was the predictability of the story, I found myself thinking “well that’s happening so that that can happen later!” and I was more often than not right in my predictions.
I think the majority of the book that I liked actually took place in District 12, both the parts that actually happened at the beginning of the book and during the book when Katniss would describe her life from the arena. This gives me hope for the trilogy as I can assume events that follow will be in the Districts. 
I also think that the book ended on a bit of a low note. Even though you have just read the whole thing and you want to know what is going to happen to Katniss and Peeta I didn’t really pick up on as much of a “ARGH I have to know what’s going to happen next” as I thought I would. I want to see where the ending takes Katniss, I want to know that she is ok and her family is safe but I am not going to rush out and buy the next book as soon as I can, I will read it, and probably fairly soon, but I don’t think I’ll lose any sleep over not knowing about what Catching Fire holds. After all I’ve heard about this trilogy I can only hope that the next two instalments capture my heart more than this one does.