The Hunger Games

Posted: August 22, 2014 in Book Reviews


The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

374 pages

Most people already know the story behind the Hunger games. Set in a dystopian world where North American has been divided into 13 districts plus the Capitol. The 13th district no longer exist because it was destroyed in a rebellion many years ago. Since then the remaining 12 Districts have been forced to sacrifice their children in the annual Hunger Games. One boy and One girl from each district between the ages of 12-18 are selected to participate in the Hunger games. A nationaly televised and mandatory for all to watch broadcast of the children slaughtering each other for sport.

Our young lead character Katniss Everdeen volunteers for this years Hunger Games to protect her little sister Prim who had her name drawn. Katniss along with Peeta another boy from district 12 are soon taken the capital to begin training for the hunger games where they will fight to the death.

When I watched the movie quite a while back I felt like this was a story that was essentially pointless and had nothing more to it than kids killing kids. Because of this I was put off for quite a while reading the books. I told this to several people who then told me don’t write the books off over the movie because your missing out on a really good story. There is so much more to it than the movie would have you believe.

What I found with this book is like Enders Game if you watch the movie before the book you will not get the full picture and idea of what is happening or the story behind the characters. The movie like most book to film adaptations can’t give you the full picture of what is happening within the story.

Reading this book has most defiantly changed my mind on this whole series. I cannot help but really feel like this is one of the best young adult books I have read. Reading the book has opened up a lot in the overall history of the world which this story takes place in and the insights into the characters that I learned about in the movie. I feel like I understand them much better and really wanting to know more about them and where they go from here.

I loved their open defiance of the government of Panem and how they played it off as just 2 young kids in love. At least that is the side that Katniss was playing up, to be honest I am still not sure about Peeta.

The story development certainly did not lack for pace. I struggle to find any criticism of this book as it was just so well done. I really look forward to reading catching Fire next and seeing where this new-found fame takes Katniss and Peeta.

The depth of the characters and the vivid world that has been created by Suzanne Collins is one that like Enders Game will remain in your memory for years to come. The brutal violence and tyranny of the world she has created haunts you with her world building skills that takes a look at the dark side of state controlled worlds without any form of freedom.

The ideas presented, such as armed citizens being a threat to the security of the nation read very much like commentaries on our world today.

I give this book a 9/10 only because nothing holds a candle to Enders Game. When I think of the best books written as far as young adults books this will come in a close second to the Endervse.

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