The Hunger Games

// December 21st, 2012 // Book Reviews

Title: The Hunger Games

Author: Suzanne Collins

Synopsis:

In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV. Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives alone with her mother and younger sister, regards it as a death sentence when she is forced to represent her district in the Games. But Katniss has been close to dead before-and survival.

My Review:

A popular book in my class has been the Hunger Games. Most people in
my class have read it, and some people are still reading it. I was a
little jealous, because I am usually the first person to read popular
books. My mom thought it was a little inappropriate for me, and even
though I wanted to read it, I had to agree with her. My website is for
middle grade books, not young adult books! Finally, after a lot of
pleading, my mom let me read the book.

The Hunger Games is about a girl named Katniss. The country of Panem
(where Katniss lives) has twelve districts. The thirteenth was
obliterated when the districts rebelled against the Capitol, which is
the greedy capital of Panem. The Capitol won the war, and because the
districts rebelled, the Capitol created the Hunger Games to remind the
districts of how the Capitol controls them and how the districts lost
the war. It also is meant to make the districts hate each other so
they won’t rebel. After all, what could make people hate each other
more than killing people from their districts! The Hunger Games is an
event which happens once a year. In each district, one girl and boy
between the ages of twelve and eighteen are chosen to be tributes as
part of a battle to the death in an arena. Katniss’ sister, Primrose,
gets chosen, but Katniss volunteers to take her place. The story is
about Katniss practicing and battling in the Hunger Games.

During the Hunger Games, the boy tribute, Peeta from Katniss’ district
is in love with her, so to make Peeta feel good, they kiss. Katniss
figures out that whenever Peeta and her kiss, they get a bowl of stew
from their sponsors (sponsors are the people who help the tributes by
sending things to them during the Hunger Games). The fake romance in
the Hunger Games changes the odds for Katniss because it gives her
sponsors. Katniss is a person who wants to win and would do anything
to get back to her family. In my opinion, I think that faking love
isn’t good in most situations. If the person you are faking for
figures out that you were just faking, they could get sad, angry, and
their feelings would probably be hurt. Actually, Peeta’s feelings were
hurt when he found out at the end that Katniss was faking. I guess it
was worth it in that situation, but in almost every other situation I
would think it wasn’t worth it. They were in mortal peril, and they
would’ve died if it wasn’t for the fake romance!

In the book, there are a bunch of themes which were symbols of
resistance against the Capitol.  SPOILER ALERT!!!! When one of
Katniss’ allies, Rue from District eleven, dies, she weaves flowers
into Rue’s clothes as a sign of respect. That makes district eleven
like her, and they become her sponsors. Districts never sponsor
someone from a different district. The weaving shows the first spark
of resistance because districts aren’t supposed to unite¬† with each
other. The whole point of the Games is to keep the district apart!
Thresh, the other tribute from district eleven, lets Katniss run away
when he could’ve killed her, which also is a sign of districts
uniting. Finally, at the end of the Hunger Games when there only was
Peeta and Katniss left, she wants to humiliate the Capitol for this
horrendous event, so they decided that they should both eat poisonous
berries instead of giving the Capitol a winner. That shows resistance
because the Capitol needs a winner to show control over the districts.
Katniss is a symbol of restitance for the districts, and the Capitol
does not like her for being a symbol.

My favorite character is Katniss. Her personality changes gradually
throughout the book. At first she is really snide and snappy, but then
she gets softer. She is pretty, and whenever she cares about somebody,
she is really nice to them. She respected Rue, so she was nice to her,
and when Rue dies, she weaves flowers into her clothes.

I rate this book 9 out of 10 stars. I took away a star because it was
a little bit slow when the tributes were practicing for the Games. I
think that my mom made a good choice letting me read this book, mainly
because I liked it. It probably is too mature for most middle grade
readers, though. There is a lot of violence and some parts are
confusing. That is my review, and have a great day!

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