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Monday, 1 April 2013

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins


It is time for my very first review, so I thought why not start with one of my favourite books? So here goes:

Title: The Hunger Games

Author: Suzanne Collins

Series: The Hunger Games #1

Published: September 14th 2008
No. of  Pages: 374
Rating: 5 Stars

Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don't live to see the morning?

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 cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives alone with her mother and younger sister, regards it as a death sentence when she steps forward to take her sister’s place in the Games. But Katniss has been close to dead before—and survival, for her, is second nature. Without really meaning to, she becomes a contender.

If she is to win, she will have to start making choices that will weigh survival against humanity and life against love.

My Thoughts:

The Hunger Games is set in North America, a country which is now called Panem. Panem is made up of twelve districts, each with their own trade, that surround a shining Capitol. After a revolution, the Capitol have set up the annual games, named The Hunger Games (You guessed it.) The point of The Hunger Games is that each year one boy and one girl are 'reaped' from the names of every 12-18 year old in their district. The chosen 24 are then placed in a vast outdoor arena and are made to fight to the death until only one Lone victor remains. This victor then gets to live a life of luxury as a prize for winning the games.

In this dystopian future we meet the main character, 16 year-old Katniss Everdeen. Katniss lives in the poorest part of one of the poorest districts, District 12. Her father died in a mine accident when she was eleven, leaving Katniss to provide for her family. Since money is scarce, Katniss is forced to go into the forest surrounding the district and hunt, which she does with her best friend, Gale Hawthorne.

At the reaping, we see Katniss' sister, Primrose ( otherwise known as Prim) reaped causing Katniss to volunteer in her place. Peeta Mellark is chosen alongside her, leaving Katniss feeling unhappy because she hates owing people. (You'll have to read the book to find out more though)

Katniss and Peeta are taken to the Capitol where they train to prepare themselves for The Hunger Games. Some of my favourite bits occur here, when you see the tribute Parade and the Interviews. Once placed into the arena it is no more luxury and rich food, they are forced to scavenge for food and walk miles and miles to get water. I can safely say that Katniss and Peeta both suffer near death experiences!

I won't disclose to much information about the games but I can say that you may be surprised with Peeta, plus there is a twist during the games and at the end. 

Now onto the characters. Katniss is a remarkable character. She is strong but vulnerable in the sense that she is completely at the mercy of the Capitol. I found that it was easy to identify with Katniss because she has no special powers or anything at her disposal, she is just a normal girl who understands the need to be seen and treated as equals. She understands the need for freedom. Katniss learned how to fend for herself  from an early age,
Peeta is also an amazing character. He is so sweet and caring and you can't help but fall in love with him. He truly cares for Katniss and will protect her at any cost. He loves her despite the fact that Katniss finds it hard to trust people and can be unforgiving.
He is also a truly awesome baker!

Overall The Hunger Games is a worthy competitor in the book Olympics because of its amazing ability to convey a message, a warning if choose to look at it that way. We all watch reality tv and we never know what the future holds so, like I said, The Hunger Games is in a sense a warning not to let things go down that path.

I leave you with a favourite quote from the book:
"That is Mahogany!"
- Effie Trinket

Bye for now,

rita xo

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