The Hunger Games is a thriller that’s dreadfully gory throughout and full of gruesome detail, especially when mentioning death, but unlike other bloodstained books that repel the reader, Collins has written a bestseller that will leave you hungry for a lot more.
Suzanne Collins dreamt a world in the future, with now known countries existing, but only one big nation called Panem, formed by what is currently known as Canada, the United States, and the northern part of Mexico. Panem has 12 districts (formerly 13, but the last one rebelled and was therefore destroyed by the government), and a Capitol, a city full of luxurious and extravagant people who do ont suffer the economic depression the rest of the districts do. They’re the royalty of Panem.
The citizens of said 12 districts have a yearly event called “The Hunger Games”, in which 24 teenagers (a boy and a girl from each district) are chosen by having their name picked out from a container. The goal is simple: win or die. Each of the contestants has to kill the rest until only one is left and is declared the winner. Oh and there’s only one rule: you can’t eat a contestant who’s already dead.
The heroine is sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, a resident of the poor area of District 12 called ‘The Seam’. She ends up participating in The Hunger Games when her little sister’s name is chosen, and she volunteers to go instead. A love triangle develops from her friendship with Gale, and her fellow District 12 contestant, Peeta. Surrounded by blood and deaths of fellow contestants, Katniss must survive with a bow and an arrow (a weapon she skillfully uses), and although she doesn’t want to kill anyone, her instinct for survival is stronger.
The book itself is addictive– I couldn’t put it down until I was finished… and that’s just the first book. Wait until you read Catching Fire (the second book)– now that’s a cliffhanger. Collins managed to keep her books penetratingly detailed and descriptive, making readers feel Katniss’s experiences in an extremely passionate way, and avoiding any dull moments. Suzanne Collins has a dedicated fanbase that has been compared with others such as Twilight and Harry Potter. Stephen King, who’s known for criticizing the Twilight series, is a big fan of The Hunger Games.
Also, I can’t wait for the movie! Josh Hutcherson as Peeta is just perfect!
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