Also by this author: Catching Fire, Mockingjay
Series: The Hunger Games #1
Also in this series: Catching Fire, Mockingjay
Published by Scholastic Inc. on 2008
Genres: Action & Adventure, Survival Stories, Young Adult
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In a future North America, where the rulers of Panem maintain control through an annual televised survival competition pitting young people from each of the twelve districts against one another. Long ago the districts waged war on the Capitol and were defeated. As part of the surrender terms, each district agreed to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to appear in an annual televised event called,
Every year a boy and a girl are chosen from each district to compete in the televised Hunger Games. Only one person may win the Hunger Games, by eliminating all of the competition. When Katniss Everdeen’s sister is chosen to compete in the Hunger Games, Katniss comes forward to take her place. Katniss must make some incredibly tough decisions which I certainly do not envy.
What can I say about The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins that hasn’t already been said? I think Collins has hit on such an original concept. We’ve all read dystopian/post-apocalyptic novels before (HELLO 1984), I think Collins breathes some fresh air into the genre.
I love that towns had to sacrifice their future, children, as tributes to the state. I mean if you can give up your kid to a televised bloodbath battle royale, clearly somebody must have a ridiculous amount of power over you.
In all honesty, the Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins made me feel ashamed of myself. I am a reality show addict, I can name most of the contestants from the VH1! of Love shows, VH1 Charm School, America’s Next Top Model, and the list goes on. I wasn’t a huge Survivor fan, but if there was something like the Hunger Games broadcast on TV, I would probably watch it. I mean, not if kids were really killing each other, but yeah. I know, that is horrible.
Another thing which was fantastic about The Hunger Games was the pace. I felt there was never a dull moment. I liked that the protagonist, Katniss, could hold my interest the whole way through. Plus she was kick-ass. It wasn’t all about a male saving her. It was about her being a strong female. I appreciate when a YA book has a main female character who doesn’t let people walk all over her.
I definitely recommend The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins to anyone looking to be engrossed. I also recommend you have a bottle of water on hand while you read this book, as the human body cannot survive without water. Those of you who have already read this will understand the significance.
Other reviews of The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins:
Miss Remmers’ Review – “I enjoyed reliving the journey”
Fiction Folio – “I was completely sucked into this book from the beginning.”
Chick Loves Lit – “It took approximately one page to suck me in“
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