I hope everyone had a great holiday break! Now that I am back in the groove of things at school, I can continue blogging. A book that I really wanted to read over break was The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, as I heard many great things about it. I finally finished the book (the whole series, actually) this week. I highly recommend the series. It’s fascinating with many plot twists. So I don’t give too many spoilers away, I’m only going to blog about the first book for now.
The Hunger Games is about a sixteen year old girl named Katniss Everdeen who lives in District 12 of Panem. The book is futuristic, and Panem is made up of what used to be North America. There are twelve districts in Panem, along with the Capitol. The Capitol is the head of the districts and forces two tributes (a boy and a girl) from each district to fight in the Hunger Games every year. In the Hunger Games, the tributes are put into an arena with limited resources and forced to fight to the death. The last tribute left alive wins the Games and is treated as a celebrity for the rest of their lives.
In the book, the main character, Katniss, takes the place of her sister in the Games. Once she is in the arena, she has to choose if she wants to form alliances with those she knows will eventually die- whether at her hand or someone elses’- or if she is going to fight alone. Katniss must also fight to win the attention of the viewers of the Games, in hopes that they can send her supplies in the arena. Not only does she have to fight the other tributes, but the Games are designed with other horrors in them, as Katniss soon finds out.
I cannot stress how incredible this book is! I’ll admit that, at first, a book about kids forced to fight to death in an arena doesn’t sound like the best reading material. However, as the book is in the point of view of one of the tributes that is forced to fight, (Katniss) one gets to experience what Katniss thinks and feels about the Games. Katniss is not a blood-thirsty person; she doesn’t want to fight and kill anyone- it is only out of necessity that she does so. Through the Games, Katniss learns how much she resents the Capitol and how they treat the twelve districts of Panem. Suzanne Collins is an amazing author who twists the plot in unexpected places and makes the book hard to put down.