This is a review of “The Hunger Games” by Suzanne Collins. It is the first novel in The Hunger Games Trilogy.
It is many years into the future. The world as we know it no longer exists. Instead there’s Panem and The Districts. There are 12 Districts. There used to be 13, but after a violent rebellion, the 13th District was destroyed. Every year, The Hunger Games are staged to remind the people that rebellion is futile and any such course of action will be severely punished.
Each year, youths aged 12 to 18 must face The Hunger Games. The name of a girl and a boy must be drawn from each of the twelve districts, and they must all compete against one another. It is the ultimate fight to the death. The last one standing is the winner. The Hunger Games are televised for the entertainment of Panem and as a bleak reminder of their powerlessness for The Districts.
Katniss Everdeen is resourceful. She hunts to feed her family (even though the practice of hunting is highly illegal) and is the sole breadwinner for her family. So when her 12 year old sister is called to compete in The Hunger Games, she steps up to take her place. It is a horrible moment when the male contestant is chosen, and he is someone she feels immense gratitude toward. For to win the games and return to her family, eventually she will have to kill him too.
Can Katniss survive The Hunger Games?
A comment on society and the direction in which we are headed, this suspenseful and highly entertaining novel gives the reader plenty to think about. Aimed at adolescents, this book is still relevant and entertaining for adults. I loved this book. I could not put it down and immediately went out to buy the next two novels in the trilogy. Fans of John Marsden’s “Tomorrow When The War Began” will enjoy this book. Look out for The Hunger Games film that comes out this March.