The Hunger Games? YES, PLEASE!

REVIEW OF BOOK 1!!

I don’t have many friends who love to read, but Isis is my favorite partner in crime when we’re talking about books and movies. She told me I had to read The Hunger Games, but I really didn’t think it was anything good. WRONG! I’m in love. In love with the girl on fire!

First I’d like to say that the brilliant idea of The Hunger Games is probably based on the Korean movie: Battle Royale. Even though Collins gets all the credits for the story (and yes she did a great job), Batoru Rowaiaru (Battle Royale) came out in 2000. Eight years later Collins came up with a similar story. I’m already downloading Battle Royale (I’ve heard it’s freaking bloody) so I’ll write a review about it when I’ve seen it. Well, stolen or not… The Hunger Games books are a huge success, so the odds are definitely in Collins’ favor!

I was very skeptical about the trilogy. I don’t know why, but when books are very popular I often think they won’t be any good, but I still force myself to read them. Like Fifty Shades of Grey, everyone reads it but it’s just a bunch of crap. And yes I’ve read the books. All three of them. Boring as hell. I’ve been wrong about books often. I didn’t want to read Harry Potter, Twilight or The Hobbit (which I still haven’t finished). But to be honest; I loved them all so I should be less cocky and just read what the crowd tells me to read.

*Book 1: The Hunger Games
The Hunger Games is a badass story about the protagonist Katniss Everdeen, who hunts in the woods together with her friend Gale to provide their families with food every day. She lives in the future in Panem, a country with 12 districts which all have their own specialties. Panem is ruled by the Capitol, where life’s so much better than in the other districts. Every year the Capitol hosts an event to remind the citizens not to rebel: The Hunger Games. Each district brings two teenage tributes – a boy and a girl – to an arena where they must fight each other to death. When Katniss little sister Prim is selected to participate in the Hunger Games, Katniss volunteers to take her place and leaves District 12 together with the other tribute: Peeta Mellark. Katniss and Peeta have known each other for a long time, even though they never talked. They are competitors, but during the opening ceremonies they present themselves as a team: holding hands while dressed in flames. During an interview Peeta reveals his crush on Katniss: His strategy for her to make her look more ‘human’.

When the games begin both Peeta and Katniss go their own ways. They form teams with other players to win, but when a new rule to the game has been announced they know they must work together:  Two people from a single district can both win. After a lot of setbacks they finally make it to the finale when the Gamemakers withdraw the rule. Katniss and Peeta decide to commit suicide. Right before they swallow some poisoned berries, a voice announces both Katniss and Peeta are the winners of the 74th Hunger Games.

Happily ever after? NO WAY!  Peeta is heartbroken when he finds out that Katniss is not truely in love with him. For her, it was all part of the game. Katniss idea of committing a double suicide has provoked a lot of chaos in the districts and Haymitch – the mentor of Katniss and Peeta – warns her that she must prepare for the worst.

BOOK 1: AMAZING!! 10 out of 10!!! The idea of The Hunger Games is brilliant and not unlikely to happen. We should beware of the future and our leaders. It reminds me of the games of the ancient Greeks, Orwell’s 1984 and Romeo and Juliet. I loved reading every chapter, every letter… I fell in love with Gale and Katniss. This is fiction but so credible that it’s almost scary and yet very intriguing. GO READ IT! NOW!!!
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Perfect Life

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Yes I am smiling.
Can’t you see how happy I am?
I’m living the perfect life.
 
I got no reason to be sad.
No reason to cry, to scream, to hurt myself.
I’m living the perfect life.
 
Fuck my life.
I hate myself, my world, the way everyone is.
I hate my perfect life.
 
I’m alone.
I can scream if I want to, no-one will notice.
They think I’m living the perfect life.

 

*I set the shutter really low so I was able to move in the picture (it’s just one shot).

The 100-year-old man who climbed out of the window and disappeared


Unique
, intense and addictive are the first words that I think of when I’m discussing the Swedish Jonas Jonasson’s book: The 100-year-old man who climbed out of the window and disappeared. When I first heard the title of this book I knew I was gonna like this story. I read the 400 page book last week in like 4 days. Sometimes you can’t stop reading. This time I didn’t wanna stop reading because I was too excited about the next events.

What’s the book about? Well basically it’s about a 100-year-old badass who climbed out of his window and disappeared. The title covers it all! Allan Karlsson is tired of his dull life in a nursing home. On his birthday, right before his anniversary party starts, he decides to climb out of his window and disappear on his slippers. His body is old but mentally he feels young and he’s excited to go on any kind of trip with anyone he meets. On this trip he ‘finds’ a suitcase full of money, makes a bunch of new (criminal) friends and hides for the police because he’s accused of being a triple-murderer. I know this doesn’t sound super original, but it certainly is! Jonasson brings it all so cool and funny and I busted myself over and over again laughing while reading the book.

The book contains two story lines: young Allan and old Allan. Young Allan is adventurous. He has dinner with people like Staling and Churchill, gets drunk with Truman and saves one of Mao’s wives. Meanwhile he crosses the Himalaya, learns fluent Spanish, English and Chinese and finds out how to make a nuclear bomb. It’s ridiculous to think one could’ve done this all, but Allan is such an amazing character that you’ll believe it right away.

This book came out in 2009. A year later it was the best-sold book in Sweden. The story is translated into 30 languages and the film rights are sold!

I’d give this book a 9 out of 10. For me there’s no perfect book (except maybe Harry Potter…) but this novel comes freaking close! You must be crazy in order to have a fantasy like Jonasson.
And the best part? Well, besides that I almost got jealous of Allan’s amazing life, I started to think that I was reading a non-fiction book while actually reading the biggest nonsense ever!

PS: When you take the paper cover off the Dutch version you’ll have a very pink book 😀 !!

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