The Hunger Games
By: Suzanne Collins
Target: Young Adults
Setting: Country of Panem (country in the ashes of North America – in the future)
Katniss is a 16-year-old girl living in district 12. There are twelve districts in Panem (the 13th was destroyed because of a rebellion against the Capitol). In Katniss’s view, The Hunger Games are a way to remind the districts that the Capitol is in control. The Capitol wants the country of Panem to treat the games as a festivity, but the real message is clear; “Look how we take your children and sacrifice them and there’s nothing you can do. If you lift a finger, we will destroy every last one of you. Just as we did in District Thirteen.” When Katniss’s sister, Prim, is drawn out of the glass ball at the reaping (where the tributes are chosen) to be a tribute in the games, Katniss volunteers to take her place. 24 tributes – Children over 12-years-old and under 18-years-old - are placed in the arena to kill each other, one girl tribute and one boy tribute from each district. “Winning means fame and fortune, losing means certain death. The Hunger Games have begun…”
I really enjoyed reading The Hunger Games. I decided to read it after all of my friends and family told me how good the book was. It is a great mix between all the emotion and action for the duration of the book. The words painted innumerable images in my head; you could get the impression of the suspense that was happening as you read the novel. When Katniss steps forward to take her sister’s place in the games, you can feel the emotion; because she knew this could mean death. There is a lot of conflict between the tributes during the games, because it is a fight to the death. The tone of the book changes multiple times, it is happy, sad, romantic, suspenseful and futuristic. If you enjoy an action filled fantasy book with many moods and you have a preference for books that can paint pictures in your head, then read The Hunger Games.