By: Suzanne Collins
Hunger games is about a sixteen year old girl, Katniss Everdeen, who was forced to fight to the death in a game created by the government to keep the districts in line. Katniss begins her journey as a scared underdog destined to die in the arena. However, her determination and intelligence leads her to a great triumph. There is a wonderful twist in the end of the story when she outwits the government and provides a means for both her and her friend Peeta to win together as a couple. The story is filled with ups and downs. There are lost relationships, new love, triumphs, and tragedies. I really enjoyed the book because of the feelings it invoked and the ongoing suspense of the story line.
Peeta is a young man who in their society is better off than most. His family owns a bakery and grows up with always having food available. Most of the people in the district work in mines and never have enough to eat or money to purchase food with. Throughout the story we learn of Peeta's love for Katniss even before the games began. He expresses his love for Peeta during the nationally televised games which in the end provides a means for his own salvation, as Katniss uses this relationship to win over the audience.
Why One Should Read This Book
This book is filled with struggle and triumph through adversity. The characters, though in a futuristic society, have the ability to draw you in and keep you intrigued in their struggles. The manner in which the book was written makes it difficult to put down. When the book finally ends though there is relief in the ending, there is also longing for more.
Suzanne Collins, born in 1962 in Hartford, Connecticut, earned a dramatic writing degree from the New York University Tisch School of the Arts. She began her writing career by writing children's television shows. She is most famous; however, for her trilogy which included The Hunger Games, Catching Fire, and Mockingjay. Because of this trilogy Suzanne Collins was named one of Time magazine's most influential people of 2010 and in 2012 she had become the best-selling Kindle author of all time.