“You don’t forget the face of the person who was your last hope.” Suzanne Collins, The Hunger Games
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The Hunger Games
By: Suzanne Collins
Series: The Hunger Games #1
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Young Adult, Dystopian, Fiction, Coming of Age
*Made into award winning movies
Plus(es): Katniss is the ULTIMATE heroine! The plot line is fabulously quick paced and smart with plenty of twists. The descriptions were NOT as gory/ graphic as I was afraid they would be.
(I refuse to read/watch anything from the horror genre because of the graphic gore.)
Dystopian books are not my thing, however, a teenage relative recommended and encouraged me to read The Hunger Games trilogy, and I am hooked! This book is very reminiscent of the gruesome Roman ritual of gladiators fighting to the death in coliseums for the amusement of the crowds.
The main reason I adore this book is that Katniss is the ultimate heroine! She is fearless, intelligent, resourceful, loyal, agile, and seems to be a deep well of common sense.
Katniss and her family live in a society where the Capitol controls with an iron fist and governs all the laws and rules for the outlying 12 districts. Every year, the Capitol forces each district to send one boy and one girl between the ages of 12-18 years old to compete in a game to the death. Only one person can be declared a winner, and the barbaric spectacle is televised live for everyone to see. This competition is called the Hunger Games.
After Katniss’s father dies, so does her childhood. Her mother falls into a deep depression, and Katniss must use her wits and skills as a hunter, where hunting is illegal, to provide food for her younger sister Prim and her mother. Inevitably, the annual lottery for The Hunger Games occurs. This is a dreaded day for everyone in the community because everyone knows only one person in the game survives. To everyone’s horror, Prim is selected, but Katniss immediately steps forward to take her sister’s place.
Katniss soon discovers that participating in this event requires much more than physical strength, and people and things are not always as they appear in a place where her every move is monitored. How will she survive the Hunger Games?
Recognition(s) and Awards: New York Times Bestselling Author, NYT Bestselling Book, USA Today’s Bestselling Book, Wall Street Journal Bestseller, Publisher’s Weekly Bestseller, An American Library Association (ALA) Top Ten Best Books for Young Adults, 2009 Children’s Choice Book Award Teen Choice Book of the Year Finalist, 2009 YALSA’S Teens’ Top Ten, A Kirkus Best Book of 2008, A Horn Book Fanfare, School Library Journal Best Books 2008, LA Times Favorite Children’s Books, 2008, Amazon Best Books of 2008, B & N Best Books of 2008 for Teens and Kids, & Borders Best Books of 2008: Teens, and many more…
If you liked Hunger Games, you might also like Caraval by Stephanie Garber.
Have you read this book? If so, what did you think?
Featured Image Source: Pixabay.com Suju