Sunday, 13 November 2011

The Hunger Games

The Hunger Games

By Suzanne Collins

The story takes place in the country of Panem, which is what is left of North America in the future after natural disasters, flooding, and wars. Katniss Everdeen (age 16) is a girl who lives in District 12, (one of 12 plus 'the Capitol') in Panem. Her father is dead and she hunts everyday with her friend Gale for food to keep herself, her mother and younger sister Prim alive.

In Panem, every year a game called The Hunger Games is held for the country to watch. The leaders in the Capitol have held The Games every year since the uprising of Panem to show how powerful they are. The names of one girl and one boy are picked out of a box in each of the districts. In The Games, all of the contestants are put into the arena, whose landscape changes every year, to fight for their lives. Every single moment of The Games is televised and there is only one rule: KILL OR BE KILLED. The last person standing is the winner and is given a life of luxury. But for those watching The Games it is a terrible reminder of the power of the Capitol, and how powerless those watching really are.

When Prim's name is pulled out of the box, Katniss immediately volunteers to take her young sister's place in The Games. Soon Katniss finds herself along with Peeta (the boy chosen from District 12) and all of the other contestants stepping into the worst adventure of their lives.

On the night before The Games Peeta confesses his love for Katniss, is it real, or is it a trap? It quickly becomes clear that The Hunger Games are not the only games taking place inside the arena and that surviving might not be the only goal, but their can only be one person left standing...

Before I start my review I would like to thank the Anonymous Pug for suggesting The Hunger Games because it is now at the top of my 'Top 10 Books' list and because it is amazing! The Hunger Games is one of the best books that I have ever read and it is a real page-turner! The story is so addictive and intriguing that you can't stop reading! The book becomes addictive when Katniss and Peeta enter the arena and you want to know what they will do next and how they will survive. 

The setting of the story in a post-apocalyptic North America is very interesting and a little scary.  Suzanne Collins (author) does a great job at making it seem familiar but also foreign. It is also really interesting to read about the districts that the other Games contestants are from. Each district is known for something and it is neat to find out what they are and why that is their 'famous activity'.  It's unusual, but it's something which makes the book unique. 

Collins does a great job at showing us what's going on with Katniss and Peeta, she is always jumping back and forth between every contestant and what they are doing, and it makes the reader feel like they are sitting in front of the T.V. watching The Games.
Brilliant book! It is a must-read!

Before I end my review I would like to mention that I have bought the second and third books and that I am going to start the second one tonight. More reviews will follow!!!

Recommended for any tween age 13+

453 pages

1 comment:

  1. Hey G - I finally read this book! I really liked it and plan to read the next two this summer. Thanks for recommending it to me. You are the first person I know who read this book and that was ages everyone is reading it. Have you seen the movie yet? I think that I will go next weekend! Yay!