Book Review: Hunger Games By Suzanne Collins

Posted on May 16, 2011

This book must be covered in glue! I can’t put it down!

I had plans for Sunday. I was going to do all sorts of exciting and useful things. That was before I picked up Hunger Games. After the first chapter I was doomed to turning pages.

This all takes place in the United States, but it’s not the US of A that we know and love. It’s in the future, and there has been a rebellion. The new regime, wary of insurrection, has an interesting way of showing its people that it’s the law of the land. Every year they host the Hunger Games.In these ‘Games’ two children, 1 male, 1 female, from each district (there are 12) are transported to a massive arena. There they battle to the death. The last one surviving wins!

Our heroine (Katniss) was not chosen. Her little sister (Prim) was. As anyone with a little sister knows, this is unacceptable. And so Katniss volunteered to go in her place. Luckily Katniss is a pretty good hunter with a bow and arrow (she’s from a rough part of town). Despite her street smarts, she is in no way prepared for the big city and the big game.

See, the Hunger Games are televised all across the country. Sponsors line up to take the players that are likely to win under their wing. But, more importantly, they are going to help out whoever is putting on the best show. See, you can deliver helpful things to people in the arena, but it costs a great deal of money. And this is what makes this book more than your average thriller.

The relationship between Katniss and the other player from her district, Peeta, is what makes this book. Can they trust each other? They’re from the same district, but they have to fight to the last man. It all changes when Peeta professes his love for her on live national television. Is he serious? Or is he lulling her into complacency?

There are battles, but nothing too gruesome. I can tell you, though, that this book is beyond gripping. My recommendation is to start it early on a weekend where you don’t have much to do. The Hunger Games are so named for a reason. You’re just as likely to starve than be killed by an opponent. You’ve got to be willing to politic as well as stab.

There’s psychology, love (ewww gross) and the story of a young girl who has to kill people to stay alive. Do you have a niece/nephew/cousin who is 13 – 16? Give them this book. But, get yourself a copy. It’s been a long time since I’ve read an entire book in one day. Just saying.

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