Author: Suzanne Collins
Published by: Scholastic
Publication date: 5th January 2009
Genres: Young Adult/Dystopian
This novel is really enthralling and captivating – you keep reading and reading and reading; even if you have better things to do! ‘The Hunger Games’ is fantastic, the plot is so unique and every emotion is contained in this story. Death, love, fright, heartbreak, anger, poverty, freedom; it’s all in there.
North America has been completely wrecked and is now run by the powerful Capitol and is divided into 12 districts, with district 13 having been destroyed due to a rebellion. In district 12 is sixteen-year-old hunter Katniss Everdeen, who, thanks to her excellent hunting skills and the fact that she is good at haggling prices, carves a meagre life for herself, her little sister Prim and their poor widowed mother. In order to keep the 12 districts aware of who runs the country, the Capitol arranges an annual game of death and survival in an elaborate, technologically advanced arena. Each district holds a drawing of one boy and one girl to go as Tributes. When her sister is picked to play, Katniss volunteers instead. Along with Katniss goes Peeta, the baker’s son, who grew up with her.
My favourite character was Katniss because she was strong and brave, and skilled when it came to survival. She had a good sense of humour and I liked how she looked after her family, by going out to hunt every morning for food and earning money for her mother.
I was surprised at how long the book was – it was about 400 pages – so it took a while to read, but I don’t think the story would have been as good if it had been shorter.
The cover of the book is mysterious and makes you want to pick it up to read, and you learn later that the burning mockingjay pin on the cover has great significance to the story.
This book, and the other two in the trilogy, are definitely my favourite books ever. I give it 5/5!