Title: The Hunger Games
Series: The Hunger Games, #1
Author: Suzanne Collins
Genre: YA Dystopia
Winning will make you famous.
Losing means certain death.
In a dark vision of the near future, a terrifying reality TV show is taking place. Twelve boys and twelve girls are forced to appear in a live event called the Hunger Games. There is only one rule: kill or be killed.
When sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen steps forward to take her sister’s place in the games, she sees it as a death sentence. But Katniss has been close to death before. For her, survival is second nature.
I watched The Hunger Games movie before I read the book and the movie didn’t do it for me. I was disappointed and never understood what the hype was all about. Then I read the book and I understood.
The Hunger Games was an adventure-packed rollercoaster ride. There was action, political conflict, and a hint of darkness to it. My favorite part about it was the political conflict. It made me think about our own governments and the politics compared to the story’s – how somewhat similar and yet somehow different they were. We might not realize or even admit how our society is divided almost the same way theirs were – how the rich are filthy rich, how we are led to believe there is middle class when in reality the middle class is just the richest among the poor, and how poor (do-not-even-have-one-meal-a-day) the poor really are.
Katniss’ personality might not be my favorite type of personality for a main female character but it was exactly the type that was needed for the story to work. She was very well-developed and the author clearly thought about Katniss’ character even to the tiniest details. She was strong, but only when she needed to be. She was tough and very determined, but only when she was desperate. She was resourceful, but couldn’t have made it just on her own. I loved that she wasn’t the typical girl that gets too caught up in the romance and the fuzzy feelings and that she still questioned Peeta’s motives just like how you should when you’re trying to survive. Growing up like how she had helped her in a lot of ways – not trusting easily, having a little sister like Rue, and just barely trying to survive everyday of her life.
I liked a few other characters, too, like Peeta, Rue, Cinna, and Haymitch. They all had their part and they were all essential to Katniss’ survival. She wouldn’t have survived if any of them didn’t do their part. It was like a big interwoven story where every character needed to do what they did for the story to be successful. It wasn’t just a one-man-show (or in this case girl).
Although it might not be one of my most favorite books ever, it was an awesome read for me and I’d definitely recommend it to a lot of people. It was a thought-provoking, adrenaline-pumping, action-packed first book in a series that makes me want to read the rest of the series now.
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