Review: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

The Hunger Games: Movie Tie-in Edition
The Hunger Games: Movie Tie-in Edition by Suzanne Collins

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Okay, I’m officially on the bandwagon of The Hunger Games. It took a while for me to acquiesce, but I did, finally.

Let me state for the record the reason for my hesitance – it’s part of a trilogy. I’d seen the books on the store and library shelves and resisted getting wrapped up in another series. What happened to stand alone books?

“In the Ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel 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 world building is both simplistic and extravagant. The juxtaposition between the poor outlying districts and the glamorous Capitol goes a long way in making the reader feel sympathy for the characters.

The games themselves are perfect for making us feel anger and even hatred toward the Capitol string pullers.

The characters are well rounded; even those with little “face-time” make an impact. The story is compelling and the plot keeps you on your toes.

The Hunger Games has all the hallmarks of a classic and bestseller. No wonder they made it into a major motion picture.

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