Review: The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins
My rating: 4 out of 5 stars.
The Hunger Games has been somewhat of a hit. The latest reprint of the book was in July 3, 2010. It's available every place you look. There's also been a film version that was released in March 2012. This review relates to the Kindle edition of the book.
The Hunger Games describes the story of a central city that controls various outlying districts that are numbered from one to twelve. Katniss Evergreen is a young girl who lives in District 12. She hunts for food in a nearby forest but she has a tough life, along with the other citizens of most of the districts. Starvation is common. Everyone is poor. Times are tough.
The Hunger Games are an annual event organised by the Capitol, which is a sensationalised and fatal gameshow which involves a boy and a girl from each district fighting to the death. The last man (or woman) standing is proclaimed the winner and receives various benefits for themselves and their families. Nobody would want to take part in such games and have their deaths televised for the entertainment of the Capitol, so the actual choosing of competitors is done via a random drawing of names from a bowl. Some people can have their name in the bowl several times.
Katniss winds up being nominated via a round about process, and she has to fight the other 23 competitors to stay alive. I'll let you read to find out what happens.
The good side of this book is that the characters are well drawn. The story flows well and has a clear direction. It's pretty clear what is going to happen and this adds to the suspense and keeps the reader on the edge of their seat. The book is a page turner and has some interesting scenes that keep you wanting to read more.
Some say that this is a children's book, but I wouldn't say that. The characters are young. There's quite a bit of violence, but not too graphic for the most part. Anyone who enjoys fantasy would enjoy this. The story is fairly simple and has similarities to The Running Man by Stephen King.
I'd recommend this book to anyone who enjoys science fiction and fantasy with teenage heroines.
You can find this book pretty much everywhere, but here is the Amazon Link: Amazon
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