The Hunger Games is the young-adult book by author Suzanne Collins where, at sometime in the future, the United States of America has been destroyed. It has now been replaced by Panem. A country divided into 12 poverty filled districts and ruled over by the rich Capitol.
As a punishment for the rebellion that broke out in the past districts, every year each district in Panem is forced to offer up in tribute one boy and one girl chosen by lottery, between the ages of 12 and 18, to fight in the menacing Hunger Games: the annual fight to the death televised tournament. Part entertainment, part brutal mockery of the districts, the games are broadcast to the whole of Panem as the 24 participants are forced to kill their competitors in cold blood, with all the citizens of Panem required to watch.
The story is told by feisty 16 year old Katniss Everdeen, a young girl who illegally hunts the small animals in the nearby meadow in the company of her friend Gale to keep her and her family alive.
Her troubles where far from over however, as at the annual lottery, Katniss' younger sister Prim, is chosen as the female district tribute for the latest Hunger Games.
But out of pure love and fear for her sisters life, Katniss boldly volunteers to take her place.
Now her, the male tribute, bakers son Peeta Mellark, (Who once saved Katniss' life when she was near starvation.) And the tributes from the other 11 districts have to be trained in the art of survival and killing.
Armed only with a Mockingjay pin and a skillful aim with a bow and arrow, Katniss looks to be an easy victim. But she has made a promise to her sister, and she will do anything in her power to win.
The characters are really well written, Katniss especially. You could feel her whirl-wind of emotions as her sister was chosen as a tribute and her desperation but determination while in the Hunger Games arena. Sometimes you just forget she and the others are just characters in a story and start to actually root for some of them to win. Which of course causes you pain as of course most of the tributes will not survive, but the death of one of the younger tributes left me crying for hours.
That is a sign of a really well written story, how it makes you feel emotion and compells you to read, and boy did this book pack a lot of punches! There are not many authors that can make you feel compelled to read on as they, step by step, describe a teenage girl being stung to death by mutant killer hornets. But that is the wonderful thing about Collins writing, it isn't repellent violence, it is actually strangely hypnotic. More like fairy-tale violence than anything else. It is actually a great skill that Collins displays throughout the later chapters of the book, and despite myself, I find myself enjoying the horrific parts more and more.
Its not just the slight horror side, either. The parts of the book that finds Katniss struggling with her growing feelings for Peeta, while being unsure of her feelings for her best friend back home, Gale, are tremendous. You are as unsure of who you think she should pick as her. But the rare, raw moments between her and Peeta are enough to convince me that they are made for each other, sorry Gale&Katniss fans! These parts really touched me as a reader, it really ---
So this book is a mixture of slight horror, action, and romance. Basically this book has it all, it is absolutely thrilling and extremely captivating. I'd even class it as one of the best books of the decade.
If you haven't already read this, I strongly suggest you do, you will definitely not be disappointed.
Winning makes you famous, losing means certain death.
Welcome to the Hunger Games. May the odds be ever in your favour
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