Book Review: The Hunger Games

Posted: June 19, 2012 by selis1113 in Book reviews, Novels
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Unless you have been living under a rock for the past year, the chances of you not hearing about The Hunger Games is very minimal. The latest teen sensation…well, at least book wise, is this dystopian trilogy by Suzanne Collins.

The Hunger Games is set in Panem, a (futuristic) nation consisting of 12 districts (district 13th has been destroyed) and the Capitol. In disctrict 12, we meet our heroes. Katniss Everdeen – the main protagonist, along with her bestfriend Gale Hawthorne and Peeta Mellark, the baker’s son. The nation of Panem is set sometime in the future, long after the destruction of present  North American countries. In order to commemorate a failed rebellion against the Capitol by the districts, every year a boy and a girl from each district is chosen to go to the Capitol to take part in the Hunger Games. The tributes are required to fight to death until one victor remains. The purpose of the games is to entertain the Capitol whilst reminding the districts of the Capitol’s power.

When her sister Prim is chosen to be the female tribute from District 12, Katniss volunteers to take her place. Along with Peeta Mellark and their mentor  Haymitch Abernathy, she makes her way to the Capitol. When Peeta  confesses his unrequited love for Katniss during a televised  interview, the couple grab the attention of  audience and  is dubbed as “the star-crossed lovers”. Soon, the lovers along with 22 other tributes enter the game, and the rest …well you’re just gonna have to read the book to find out.

The trilogy is aimed towards young adults. With its clichéd love triangle and teen angst it seems as any other regular teen novel (albeit one lacking a sparkling vampire).  However, add to it, themes of poverty, politics, power, violence, propaganda etc. and it makes a fabulous work of fiction that anyone, any age can easily enjoy. The plot itself is very well  developed.  Whether it be an unexpected confession, an unforgivable grouping, an unforseen death or even an unheard change (of the rules), there is always something happening, some twist or  turn that continues to keep the readers on their toes. The book is fun, clever and easy to read.

As someone who loves dystopian novels, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. As a future Social Worker, I absolutely adore and respect Collins for bringing issues of poverty, discrepancy of wealth, misuse of power, teen violence and many other contemporary issues into the attention of today’s youth.

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