The Hunger Games. This book introduced YA to dystopia and inspired so many books such as Divergent, Legend, Wither, you guys get the idea.
North America has been destroyed and is now run by the powerful Capital and is divided into 12 districts (district 13 has been destroyed due to a rebellion). Each year for the past 74 years the Hunger games have been held as a way of remember district 13. Each district of Panem sends in two tributes to participate in the hunger games (one boy and one girl, determined by a lottery) for a fight to the death in an arena which consists of mountain ranges, forests, lakes and a golden horn containing supplies for the games. 16 year old Katniss Everdeen volunteers for the games as the original lottery picked her younger sister, Primrose, as a tribute.
The concept of the book is intriguing but it’s the writing and the way the story is told which makes it exhilarating and believable. The way Suzanne Collins describes the world of Panem, it gets out of the way of the reader. The story really is character driven. Not to mention, there’s a lot of political and social satire to be enjoyed in the book.
All the characters in this book were fantastic. Katniss is easily the most likeable character in the book. She’s strong, intelligent, kind, and flawed which makes her completely relateable to the book’s intended audience. The side characters in this book were also really well done. A lot of people liked Gale, but I think I liked Peeta a bit more.
I did have one problem with the book. Nothing huge though. The cave scene where Katniss is taking care of Peeta felt really slow to me, although I do understand why it did. It had show the reader the struggle Katniss had to go through, how she had to love Peeta for the sake of the cameras to save his life. But again, this doesn’t really detract from the story.
This was an amazing book, if you haven’t been convinced by the millions of people who LOVE this book, then I don’t know what I can tell you. But those of you who believe that it’s a rip off of Battle Royale, it isn’t. I love Battle Royale and I love this book as well. That I think is evidence enough to prove just how original The Hunger Games is.
So tell me, what did you think of The Hunger Games? Did you like it? Did you not like it? Let me know what you think.