The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins is set in a time where a prosperous North America has vanished and left behind a poor and cruel nation known as Panem. Panem is separated by 12 districts surrounding the wealthy and powerful Capitol. Once a year the Capitol forces each district to sacrifice one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 to fight to the death. The entire grotesque event is broadcasted on live television as a spectator's sports. When Katniss Everdeen is sent to participate in the Hunger Games she is fearful for her family's survival without her. At first she thinks her life is over but she courageously decides to take her fate into her own hands and challenge the Gamemakers.
The main character is 16 year old Katniss. She appears to be cold and harsh. For example, she tried to drown a sick kitten because she saw it as just another mouth to feed. But then we immediately see that she has a tender side because she lets her sister, Primrose, keep the cat after all. Katniss is not cold-hearted. She cares so deeply for her mother and sister that she selflessly puts herself in danger to feed and protect them. I think Katniss' compassion, bravery, and self-sacrifice is what makes the character and book so loveable. These characteristics work perfectly with the plot to make an engaging and dynamic novel.
The Hunger Games is a teen novel but is also enjoyable for adults. It reads like a science fiction novel; reminiscent of classics like Lord of the Flies and The Chrysalids. It was an excellent read and I recommend it to anyone thinking about picking it up. I give this book a Thumbs Up!
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