Today we have a review of the Hunger Games from the perspective of the low-end of the target audience, my 12-year-old son!
The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins, is a thrilling book that takes place in the country of Panem. The country is ruled by the capital which is intersected by 12 districts. After a civil war and the 12 districts were defeated, the capital invented the Hunger Games. The Hunger Games consist of 1 girl and 1 boy from ages 12-18 from each district. These children have to fight to the death, on live tv, until one person remains for the reward of fame and fortune.
Katnis is the main character. She is a 16 year old girl, from district 12, who takes her 12 year old sister’s place in the Hunger Games. During the games she is resourceful and manages to get a bow and arrow during the games, her preferred weapon. She is good-hearted and loves her family so much that she risks her life and faces death to spare her sister. She is temperamental but it takes a lot to make her show it. Katnis has two love interests, Peeta and Gale.
Peeta is the local baker in district 12 and has a crush on Katnis. He is the boy representative from district 12 for the Hunger Games. He is physical strong and works to help Katnis stay alive, including faking her death. He ultimately betrays the other districts, which leads to serious injuries.
Gale is a minor character in this book and not a part of the hunger games, but it is implied that he also has a crush on Katnis.
I think the story is a good book because it provided a lot of suspense and thrills. I really enjoyed the survival part of the plot and the author makes you feel like your part of the story. Katnis and Peeta indirectly revolt against the capitol’s control because they refuse to allow one of them to die and the other to live. Instead the both agree to commit suicide with poisonous berries to end the Hunger Game with no winner, which would leave no point to the game.
I am looking forward to reading the rest of the series and hope those books are as exciting as this one.