The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins

The Hunger Games is the first book in The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins. It is already a top seller and has been released as a motion picture, being one of 2012’s most anticipated released

The Hunger Games takes place in the nation of Panem, in a post-apocalyptic United States. The state is divided into twelve districts, each of which is specialized in a trade, all centered around the Capitol. Each year, the Capitol holds The Hunger Games, an event to remind all twelve districts of their submission to the power of the Capitol. Why? A few years prior, there were thirteen districts with District 13 starting an uprising against the Capitol. The revolution failed and District 13 was eradicated and so arose The Hunger Games, whose is quite simple: a boy and a girl between the ages of 12 and 18 are selected as tributes through a lottery to represent their respective district in The Hunger Games. The  total of 24 candidates will then battle each other to the death, as all 12 districts are forced to watch their sons and daughters getting killed and killing. The winner gets a life of ease, which in the harsh world of Panem is almost tempting enough to enter the games. Some districts actually train their youngsters for the games.

Katniss Everdeen and Gale Hawthorn are best friends from District 12. They also have their names in the lottery more than once as a way to get food to their hungry families. Their chances for getting selected are rather high. But both their names are not drawn. Instead, Katniss’ sister, Primrose, is selected – with her name being in the lottery once. In a burst of courage, Katniss volunteers to take her sister’s place. Gale is also not selected and instead Peeta Mellark is chosen as the male representative of District 12. Together, Katniss and Peeta are taken to the Capitol where they will try their best to build an image that will help them while inside the games, not knowing that there’s way more going on behind the scenes than they know and that the slightest “wrong” move on their part will cost them dearly.

The Hunger Games is probably one of the most riveting books you might read. The action goes on at breakneck pace, not leaving any dull moment for you to take in what has passed or think about what might happen. You cannot let the book down before finishing it. I had to learn this the hard way with a major exam coming up and finding myself reading this book instead of my anatomy textbook.

Don’t let the fast pace undermine the book’s value, however. The book is perfectly paced. It doesn’t linger on sequences more than it should and, seeing as it’s a book about life and death, it doesn’t dwell on details that are irrelevant to the ultimate goal of its characters: survival. The text may become violent at points, but it remains hypnotizing and chilling.

Simply put,  it is one of those books, which are immensely suspenseful, that will get glued to the palm of your hand and refuse to let go until you turn the last page, only finding out that the story has not been fully resolved and you’ll have to read the second book, Catching Fire, to know what happens next. And before you know it, you have that book in your hands and you’re at it again.The Hunger Games takes you aboard its cycle and doesn’t let you go. Even the love triangle, which the author tries to set up, becomes irrelevant to you as a reader with everything else going on in the book.

At the end of the day, The Hunger Games, despite being totally rooted in fiction, has strands of real-life intertwined in it. There’s humor, there’s treason, there’s death, there’s love, there’s life, there’s loss, there’s pain. All in a couple hundred pages. A must-read, definitely.



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  2. A few comments on the review:
    (A) Paragraph two: “whose is quite simple” perhaps the word “concept” would be an adequate fit between “whose” and “is”
    (B) Paragraph two: “watch their sons and daughters getting killed and killing” instead of this those last four words, “battle each other to the death” is a far better wording to what you’re trying to convey.
    (C) Each paragraph has it’s own font, is that deliberate?
    (D) While Katniss actually participates in the 74th Hunger Games, the review mentions that the games started only “A few years prior”, a statement that can be best described as inaccurate and misleading.
    (E) The whole review requires rewording, thus I’m going to write my own and send it across once I’m done with books 2 and 3.

  3. Marie

    Thanks for your comment! We are waiting for your reviews

  4. @WordzWizard:
    A – Noted. I will fix it.
    B – I think the phrase I used has a better impact, even though it’s wordier.
    C – I believe you mean “its.”
    D – I fail to see what’s wrong in what I said.
    E – Good luck.

  5. A: awesomeness;
    B: if my remark isn’t convincing enough, ask an English teacher and they’ll give the same feedback. The phrase I highlighted suffers from a syntax error;
    C: autocorrect at its best, thanks for point out its deficiencies. Thank you for fixing the font, looks much more aesthetically pleasing now;
    D: one wouldn’t say “my grandfather has been alive for a few years”. The phrase implies a short time period while the uprisings were snuffed out 74 years prior. If the book had taken place around the 5th hunger games, then yes we could’ve used “a few years”;
    E: thanks, finished book 2 last night, one more to go :). In the meantime kindly let me know what you think of my blogposts if any of the topics interest you.

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