The Hunger Games

March 25, 2012 at 6:58 PM | Posted in !Book reviews! | Leave a comment

The Hunger Games

Author: Suzanne Collins
Genre: Science fiction, young adult, distopian
Publisher: Scholastic
Published: September 14, 2008
Pages: 374

The Hunger Games takes place in a post-apocalyptic world. The area that used to be North America has been destructed and is now Panem, a country developed into twelve (formerly thirteen) Districts, each with its own specialty (such as textile, transportation and mining). The Districts are ruled by the Capitol, located near what used to be the Rocky Mountains.
Once, the Districts rebelled against the Capitol. As a punishment, each year the Capitol organizes the Hunger Games. A boy and a girl between the ages of 12 and 18 are selected from each of the twelve Districts to compete in a lifesize outdoor arena, from which only one of them can come out alive. All 24 participants, called “tributes” have to fight each other, and the winner’s District will be rewarded with food and prosperity.

Katniss Everdeen, 16 years old, lives in District 12, the mining District. She volunteers in the 74th annual Hunger Games in place of her 12-year-old sister Primrose. Also selected from District 12 is Peeta Mellark, a baker’s son whom Katniss knows from school. Peeta and Katniss are taken to the Capitol with their mentor Haymitch Abernathy, who won the Hunger Games for District 12 24 years earlier. In the Capitol, Katniss, Peeta and the other tributes are trained before they are all released in the arena. Katniss has to fight the ‘Professionals’, the trained tributes from the wealthier Districts, hunger, and nature isself with only one goal: getting out alive.

The back cover of my book says: ‘WARNING. This book will take over your life‘. They couldn’t have been more right, because I read all 395 (the number of pages in my translated version) in only two days! I was completely hooked, because Collins really knows how to create great story twists and cliffhangers. There is a lot of suspense all the way through the book; you only know what Katniss does, the story is told through her perspective. Where are the others? Are they close? How many tributes are dead? Who are still alive? All these questions kept me reading on and on and on, sometimes until late at night (oops..).
Katniss is not what you’d call an enthousiastic girl, but I came to like her character a lot after a while. She’s a good hunter, which will come in handy during the Games, and I like how she’s willing to do anything, even taking the risk of dying, to save her little sister Primrose (and another tribute..).
Don’t get me started on Peeta Mellark. If that boy would’ve been real (and look just like the actor who portrays him in the film) I would’ve fallen in love with him instantly. He’s a little bit too romantic when compared to Katniss, but that part of his character makes up a great story twist. I’m keeping my mouth shut now, I don’t wanna spoil anything for those who still don’t know anything about the plot, so here’s the promising rating. On to the movie!


5 stars




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