The Hunger Games
by Suzanne Collins
Katniss Everdeen, age 16, lives in District 12. Her country is called Panem and is run by the Capitol. There are 12 districts in Panem, each with very specific roles. The farther each respective district is located from the Capitol, the poorer their circumstances are. The Hunger Games are an annual event the Capitol has established as a punishment to the Districts for their failed rebellion. Each year, a draw, termed The Reaping, occurs in each district. The Reaping claims one girl and one boy between the ages of twelve and eighteen to travel to an arena within or near the Capitol to fight to the death. The winner of the Hunger Games is said to win a life of glory and richness; a statement that blatantly romanticizes the inevitable mental, emotional, and physical scarring that accompanies an emergence from the Hunger Games arena.
"Winning means fame and fortune. Losing means certain death. The Hunger Games have begun..."
What I Liked About The Book
The book is targeted to a teen audience, but it is written so well and boasts such a compound storyline that it has enraptured readers of all ages. It was the first of many dystopian novels, a genre that has proceeded to take the world by storm. Each of the characters that Suzanne Collins created is round and unique, giving life and colour to the bleak and ashy world that exists within the pages that she penned. Collins` writing is full of imagery, making it effortless to picture yourself within the world that she created.
What I Would Change About The Book
There are very few things that I feel could or should be changed in the book. My complaints are quite minuscule in the grand scheme of things. One thing that crossed my mind is that I would have liked to have a bit more background information about Katniss` life before tragedy struck. I also would have appreciated more insight into the lives of the people within the Capitol, in order to better understand their thinking and way of life.
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