A Book Review – The Hunger Games
by Guest Blogger Stephanie
The movie Hunger Games-Due out Friday March 23
In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and keeps the districts in line by forcing them to send one boy and one girl to participate in the annual Hunger Games. The Hunger Games are a fight to the death on live TV.
Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen lives alone with her mother and younger sister and regards it as a death sentence when she is forced to represent her district in the games. But Katniss has been close to death before and survival has become second nature. Without really meaning to she becomes a contender. If she is to win, she will have to start making choices that weigh survival against humanity and life against love.
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Katniss Everdeen knows that she has at least some chance of survival in the games. She has been secretly hunting in the woods and feeding her family since her father died years earlier. She hunts deep in the woods beyond the fenced border of District 12 with her friend and hunting partner Gale. Even so, most believe she has just given up her life for her sister Prim.
Katniss and Peeta are the tributes from District 12 for the 74th annual hunger games. As they travel to the capitol they have two mentors: Haymitch is the only surviving Hunger Games winner and Effie is the Capitols rep. They will each try to help them to survive. All tributes receive training and are assessed by the game masters and then the betting begins. The games are then televised and are required viewing for the whole nation.
The Hunger Games delivers equal parts suspense, adventure and romance in a searing novel set in the future with unsettling parallels to our present. Suzanne Collins’ narrative has an immediacy to it that when combined with the dramatic life to death plot is what keeps you compelled page after page. Hunger Games is both entertaining and disturbing.
The book is well written, the scenes sharp and crisp, the world believable and detailed. The characters become real in your imagination. You will easily get caught in the moment and then when you think you know what is going to happen the rules will change.
I recommend this book for ages 12 and up. The plot while brutal in some phases of the book remains geared to young adults as the main characters are teenagers. There is very little physical romance and the actual violence might be considered PG-13.
The Second Book to Hunger Games is Catching Fire. Look for my next book review coming soon.
Happy Reading and enjoy!