Book Review - The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins is set in the place that was once known as North America, which is now called the nation of Panem. In its centre is the capitol, which is surrounded by 12 districts which are each known for contributing something special to the economy. To keep these districts under tight control the capitol hosts The Hunger Games which is a live tv show. Girls and boys aged 12 to 18 are randomly picked to participate; the only rule is to kill or get killed.
In this year’s annual picking, 17-year-old Katniss Everdeen acts as a tribute for her sister who was originally picked. To Katniss Everdeen regards it as a death sentence. But she has been close to death before, after all to her survival is second nature. But without really meaning to she becomes a contender. In order to win Katniss must make decisions that weight survival over humanity and life against love.
But she is not one to play with the rules, she doesn’t want to feel like a pawn by the capitol so let the odds be forever in her favour.
Every year the capitol hosts The Hunger games in order to keep the districts under control, but this year her little sister, primrose is chosen; in a wave agony and rage, Katniss volunteers as tribute in her place. Katniss unknowingly becomes a pawn controlled by the capitol. She must push her hunting and survival skills to the limit when it comes to making decisions about her future. The second person chosen to represent their district is Peeta Melark a bread boy.
The two are then later trained by Haymitch, a winner in one of the previous Hunger Games. They later begin their training in combat and get an overview of the competition. Katniss’s strength relies on the aim of her arrow and Peeta specializes in camouflage, from experience in decorating cakes. They must follow the only rule in this whole death trap, kill or be killed. Leaving these heroes, no choice but to go forward with a heart of steel.
Katniss has a spark in her which prevents her from wanting to feel like a pawn in the Capitols games but what lies in from of the next bend, none knows. This story isn’t just a brutal killing it is the start of a bloody rebellion…
The Hunger Games by Susanne Collins is a life-changing book and series which is definitely one of my favourite series. This book has the adventure, bloody battles and torment, but within it is based around headache romance and sacrifice for loved ones.
Although this story is fiction, but not of the magic unicorn type, it is set in a dystopia which is ruled by the Capitol. This story is about the rebellion of the people and how they do not want to be treated as a pawn on the Capitol’s side.
Peeta and Katniss are not just pawns, they are people with voices that very few here. The way Suzanne Collins has described the hardship in this tale is next to Romeo and Juliet. Although this is a must-read book, I would highly recommend this for ages between 11 and 17 as it contains a lot of violence that is not appropriate for those of younger ages.
“may the odds be forever in your favour”
A book with an amazing plot with twist and trials of romance, ambition life and insanity. Truly a bestseller with high vocabulary. This story might even leave our heroes mentally wounded with the inhumanity they had to face with ruthless killing just for sheer entertainment. This book is one of the most emotionally grasping books I have read which leads you on a journey of nail-biting, crying, gasping, laughing and frowning. There are two more books in the trilogy; Catching fire and Mockingjay.
About the Author
Suzanne Collins is the author of New York Times bestselling book series The Underland Chronicles and The Hunger Games. She is an American, television writer and author. She has been known best for writing young adult books. Before taking up her career as a writing Suzanne was originally a writer for children’s television. She only took up writing when she met illustrator James Proimos who convinced her to give writing a shot!
Overall, I give The Hunger Games a 5 out of five!
Some interesting vocabulary from this book include:
- ruffled – disorder or disarrange someone’s hair, typically by running one’s hands through it.
- smouldering – the process of burning slowly with smoke but no flame
- reaping – receive (something, especially something beneficial) as a consequence of one’s own or another’s actions.
- pervades – (especially of a smell) spread through and be perceived in every part of.
- wrench – a sudden violent twist or pull.