The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Suzanne Collins is an American novelist, who has written children’s tv shows for Nickelodeon, and in 2008, published her most famous work, a young adult novel called The Hunger Games. This book, along with the sequels Catching Fire and Mockingjay, form the Hunger Games trilogy. Lions Gate Entertainment has acquired the rights to a film adaptation of The Hunger Games, which will be adapted by Collins herself. 

Winning will make you famous. Losing means certain death.

In a dark vision of the near future, a terrifying reality TV show is taking place. The place formerly known as North America is now divided into twelve districts, ruled by the Capitol. In punishment for rebellion, the twelve districts are constantly reminded of their dependence on the oppressive government. 

Twelve boys and twelve girls, one from each district, are forced to appear in a live event called the Hunger Games. There is only one rule: kill or be killed.

When sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen steps forward to take her sister’s place in the games, she sees it as a death sentence. But Katniss has been close to death before. For her, survival is second nature. 

This book is exactly like reading about the Reality Show from Hell. It was gripping and enthralling, and I read it in one sitting. The story hooked me from the very first chapter, and I found myself getting more and more engrossed in Collin’s world the longer I read. In particular, once the Games had began it became impossible to put the book down because I felt so emotionally attached to Katniss and wanted to see her survive. 

The descriptions of Katniss’ everyday life, family and friends set up the stakes very early on. Throughout the grueling events of the Game, it is clear to the reader what Katniss stands to lose if she does not survive. The deaths of the other participants are somewhat gruesome to read, but Collins handles the situation with delicacy and never fails to remind the reader that is it not acceptable for children to die in this manner. Katniss’ realisation that the Game simply allows for the murder of 23 children is a powerful one, as it brings to light the unfairness and brutality of the world she lives in. Collins is a masterful writer who knows how to spin a wonderful tale of survival in desperate conditions, while examining controversial issues.

A wonderful, gripping read that will be enjoyed by readers young adult and dystopian fiction, The Hunger Games certainly lives up the hype! If you haven’t already, I suggest you get a copy and read it. 

About the book:

  • Pub. Date: 10 January 2009
  • Publisher: Scholastic UK
  • Format: Paperback, 464 pages
  • ISBN 13: 9781407109084 ISBN 10: 1407109081
  • Categories: Science Fiction, Young Adult
  • My review of Catching Fire (#2 in The Hunger Games Trilogy)
  • My review of Mockingjay (#3 in The Hunger Games Trilogy)
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