Jan 10

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
“Only I keep wishing I could think of a way…to show the capitol they don’t own me. That I’m more than a piece in their games.”

The Hunger Games

The Hunger Games is one of the more recently written books that is on our list of top 150 books ever written.  I first came across this book at my middle school’s library and I heard several students talk about how good it was so to try to stay up to date with my students I got it from my local library.  After a few chapters I was hooked.   Hunger Games is set sometime in the future after the downfall of the United States where the former U.S. is now called Panem and is divided up into 13 districts, the ruling class lives in an area called the Capitol. 

The districts rose up against the Capitol in a rebellion but lost.  Ever since the rebellion the Capitol punishes the districts by taking one boy and one girl every year as a tribute and forcing them to participate in the Hunger Games.  The games are set in an outdoor arena where the tributes have to fight each other to the death and only one tribute from the districts can win the Hunger Games. 

The story centers around a sixteen year old girl named Katniss Everdeen who ends up volunteering for the Hunger Games when her younger sister’s name is called to be a tribute.  She is forced to fight and entertain the Capitol who she hates, but if she wins her family will be taken care for life.  If she dies in the arena then her family will likely starve since she is the main supplier of food for her family since her father was killed in a mining accident. 

The Hunger Games is an intense page tuner of a book.  Once you start reading you will have a hard time putting it down because you will want to know how Katniss is going to survive the chapter.  Suzanne Collins does an excellent job balancing action, emotion, and grittiness to make just about any reader interested in her story.  I think she captures teenage angst very well and then couple that with a fight for survival and it becomes a wonderful young-adult novel that just about any adult will enjoy.  I give The Hunger Games four and half stars out of five and recommend anybody who is thinking about going to see the movie when it comes out in March of 2012 to read the book first.
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