About the book:
Title: The Hunger Games
Author: Suzanne Collins
Genre & Age Group: Dystopian, science fiction, romance, young adult
Winning will make you famous.
Losing means certain death.
The nation of Panem, formed from a post-apocalyptic North America, is a country that consists of a wealthy Capitol region surrounded by 12 poorer districts. Early in its history, a rebellion led by a 13th district against the Capitol resulted in its destruction and the creation of an annual televised event known as the Hunger Games. In punishment, and as a reminder of the power and grace of the Capitol, each district must yield one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 through a lottery system to participate in the games. The ‘tributes’ are chosen during the annual Reaping and are forced to fight to the death, leaving only one survivor to claim victory.
When 16-year-old Katniss’s young sister, Prim, is selected as District 12’s female representative, Katniss volunteers to take her place. She and her male counterpart Peeta, are pitted against bigger, stronger representatives, some of whom have trained for this their whole lives. , she sees it as a death sentence. But Katniss has been close to death before. For her, survival is second nature.
Source: School library
How I Found Out About It: Seriously, anyone who hasn’t heard about this book is living under a rock, because this is one of the most popular books ever!
I had really low expectations coming into this book. I knew it was super popular and all, but it just didn’t really seem like my sort of thing. Books with gory violence and fighting usually don’t appeal very much to me, so I usually tend to avoid them. But when I saw The Hunger Games sitting in a bin at my school library, it screamed, “Come on Kayla, just give me a try! I know you want to know why I’m so popular!” So I took it out, and when I read it, I was wooed over! I wasn’t expecting it to be THAT AMAZING! Now having read this book, I now understand why everyone has gone completely crazy for it, and how late I was to join the hype train!
The characters and plot of this book are just fabulous! Our main character, Katniss Everdeen, is such an amazing role model for everyone and her lead should definitely be followed. She was so brave to have volunteered for her little sister’s spot in the Games, and a great sport! I know that I wouldn’t have been able to do that if I was her; I would be way too scared! Her perseverance was phenomenal; as she was always pumped up for what was coming and not as scared as many of her opponents. She always looked towards the bright side of things and never backed down, which I admire. Despite it being her first time doing something of sorts, I could tell that she really knew what she was doing, and she was able to use her knowledge to help herself and her ally Peeta survive, and hopefully win the Games!
I thought that the plot was really creative and well thought out. As I said before, this type of book doesn’t usually pop out at me, but it turns out that it has now opened doors to many other different books of this kind! I now no longer cringe at the sight of a book like this, and I would now be much more willing to try it.
I would recommend this book to, well, who hasn’t read it? Raise your hands. (only a couple hands were raised) Well, anyone with their hands raised, please go and read it now! It’s AMAZING, believe me! Even if you aren’t a fan of violence or dystopian type books, you still need to read this one, because I know you’ll still love it no matter what!
Rating: 5/5 Stars!