Monday, February 1, 2016

The Hunger Games Book Review

The Hunger Games

            The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins is about a 16 year old girl named Katniss Everdeen from District 12 in Panem who has to compete in the Hunger Games with her district partner and love interest, Peeta Mellark and she has to find a way to win the Hunger Games without Peeta dying. Panem is what used to be the United States and is now a dystopian society in a post-apocalyptic world. Panem has 12 districts where each district is responsible for producing one item. Katniss is from District 12, the coal mining district. Every year, her country hosts something called the Hunger Games. Two children between the ages of 12 and 18, one boy and one girl, from each district are chosen to compete in the Hunger Games. In the Hunger Games, one has to try to survive in a secluded area controlled by the government with what they have and they have to try to kill everyone else around them until one person is left standing. When the annual reaping for the 74th Hunger Games happened, Katniss’ little sister, Primrose Everdeen, was chosen to compete in the Games. Katniss volunteered to take her place so her sister didn’t have to risk her life in the Hunger Games. Peeta was also chosen so the two of them were put on a train to the capital of the country, simply called the Capitol. In the Capitol, they met all of their opponents and trained to compete in the Games, and then they were sent off to the secluded area to fight to the death. While there, Katniss starts to see Peeta as a love interest and has to find a way for both of them to win without dying.

            The author’s writing style was perfect for the young adults that this book was intended for. Collins could not have written the book in a better way for her audience. It all flowed together nicely and it wasn’t too challenging for the audience, but it wasn’t easy either. Any flaws that this book has are definitely outweighed by the content. If one plans on reading this book, they should know that it’s part of a trilogy and there are also movies for all 3 books, so one should definitely read the books before watching the movies. While the movies were good, nothing can beat the original books. They should also know it can be quite brutal at times, considering teenagers are killing each other, so one should make sure they’re mature enough to handle that. It feels like the reader is involved in the story while it’s happening rather than an outsider looking in. I would recommend this book to anyone between the ages of 14-16 and to anyone who likes adventures. This book is definitely worth keeping in the library.  Christina D.; Teen Reviewer

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