The Hunger Games
Summary:In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, the shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.
Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen regards it as a death sentence when she steps forward to take her sister's place in the Games. But Katniss has been close to dead before-- and survival, for her, is second nature. Without really meaning to, she becomes a contender. But if she is to win, she will have to start making choices that weigh survival against humanity and life against love.
The Hunger Games is, in my opinion, one of the best young adult books ever written. It’s the rare type of book that – even though it is mostly action – still manages to make you truly think; while balancing an unforgettable plot and cast of characters that you’ll struggle to forget. Suzanne Collins writes with eloquence and wit; not a word or sentence out of place or unneeded.
Happy Hunger Games! And may the odds be ever in your favor.
The Hunger Games is set in a futuristic United States, now called Panem, which is divided into 12 sections (“districts”). As punishment for rebelling against them, the government has decreed that every year a lottery must be held for every citizen aged 12-18. One female and one male will be selected from each district, where they will be brought to the Capitol to fight to the death until only one remains.
When 16-year-old Katniss’ younger sister Prim is chosen as the female representative for their district, she doesn’t hesitate before volunteering to take her place in the deadly games. But if she wants to win and stay alive, she will have to start weighing survival against humanity and life against love.
Katniss is an absolutely wonderful heroine. She’s fiery and independent, stubborn and kickass. With her devotion to her family and those she loves, she’s a character we can all admire and aspire to be more like.
What really stands out about this story is how strong the secondary characters are; most notably the other tributes competing in the games alongside Katniss.
From the delicate and musical Rue to the deadly and sadistic Cato and Clove to the sly and elusive Foxface, each tribute has distinct personalities and backstories. Even though they are only featured briefly, they almost have the amount of development that Katniss herself does, and it’s incredible to read.View Spoiler » « Hide Spoiler
Absolutely flawless and engrossing, Suzanne Collins has a true gift for sucking you into the story and never letting you go until the last page; and even then you’ll be left wondering what happens next. Katniss’ story is one that I can almost guarantee you’ll never forget; and maybe – just maybe – it help lead us to a more peaceful tomorrow.