The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins

The Hunger Games is yet another recommendation from Nicole. It’s a young adult book, so I was somewhat skeptical (Twilight is young adult, after all) but from what I had heard, from Nicole and others, it was worth a read. So when I saw it in BC’s bookstore last week, I bought it.

The Hunger Games is a futuristic, post-apocalyptic novel in which North America is divided into twelve districts; the districts are presided over by the Capitol, the only place in the country where there is splendor and plenty. It is the story of sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen from District 12, who takes her twelve-year-old sister’s place in the annual Hunger Games, a Survivor-like game where 24 kids—one boy and one girl from each district—fight to the death to earn food and other supplies for their district. Although Katniss initially views her participation in the Hunger Games as a death sentence, she gradually discovers that she could be a contender—and that she might even be able to win.

First of all, I think this book was awesome and I want to give it to everyone to read, especially my sister and some of my 14- to 18-year-old cousins. I think I’m a little old for it, at least for the way it was written (a little too stream of consciousness for my taste) but the story was phenomenal. Predictable at times, but phenomenal nonetheless.

I really liked Katniss—she’s tough, she’s a survivor, and in everything she does, she looks for a way to work the situation to her advantage. After losing her father at a young age, it’s up to Katniss to provide for her mother and younger sister. She manages to keep food on the table by hunting illegally with her friend Gale, who also must support his family, and she knows how to drive a hard bargain at the market. Katniss is pretty much who I would like to be if I lived in the world of The Hunger Games.

All in all, I’m really glad I read it (another big thanks to Nicole). It was a tough read at times, for sure, but if nothing else it sure made me grateful for what I have. A word of advice: if you like the book when you’re about halfway through, go out and get the sequels, because it ends on a huge cliffhanger. I haven’t gotten the sequels yet and I’m dying to know what happens!

So basically, I don’t care how old you are; I think you should read this. I think it’s most valuable for teenagers, but it’s worth reading for everyone.

Rating: ♥♥♥♥

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