Book Review: The Hunger Games

Katniss Everdeen is a sixteen-year-old girl living in the distant future, in a fictional version North America. This area, called Panem, is split into twelve districts. Each district has its own specialization -- such as luxury items in District 1,  or lumber in District 7. -- and each is governed by a central capital. Katniss lives in District 12, the mining district, with her mother, and sister Prim as well as her friend Gale. 


This book was written by Suzanne Collins and published in September 2008. It is narrated in the first person by Katniss. Before writing the Hunger Games trilogy, Collins wrote another series called The Underland Chronicles, which prepared her for undertaking the ambitious task of dreaming up and writing The Hunger Games.


The Hunger Games has an overall theme of social control, which is represented in the core idea of the Hunger Games, the main idea is to miss lead the districts into thinking that the Capitol has all power.


Based on the very prevalent fight scenes it can be deduced that The Hunger Games can be described as an action book.


Katniss is a skilled hunter however it is banned in Panem because the Capitol believes that hunting will improve the fighting abilities of the districts and could lead to another rebellion. She is skilled at hunting mainly because of her late father who taught her to use a bow and arrow.


Every year the Capitol holds something called The Hunger Games, which is when twenty-four children, two from each district, are placed in an arena and forced to fight each other to the death. This year Katniss is selected to be the female tribute, while Peeta Mellark is the male tribute.


Before The Hunger Games take place interviews are held with the twenty-four tributes, Katniss’s fellow tribute from district twelve, Peeta Mellark confessed his love for her saying “Well there is this one girl. I’ve had a crush on her for as long as I can remember.” This was surprising and angering for Katniss who believed it was an attempt to make her seem weak. But it only made people in the capitol more eager to donate money for items given to the tributes during The Games.


All the twenty-four tributes are brought to the capital to begin training to compete in the Hunger Games. Each one of the tribute pairs is given a mentor, a winning tribute from there district who advises them on how to win The Hunger Games.


The Hunger Games are carefully crafted and designed by “Gamemakers” who create the arena and what goes inside it, adding to the theme of fighting against control shown by Katniss saying that she “shoot an arrow at the game makers.” The arena itself changes every year and can have any environment from snowy plains, to scorching deserts.


When everything is taken into account The Hunger Games is an incredible story that is skillfully written with a well-crafted plot and interesting characters. I would suggest everyone read The Hunger Games as well as all the other works of Suzanne Collins.  


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