Book review: The Hunger Games Review

The Hunger Games
Written by: Suzanne Collins
Published by: Scholastic Press
ISBN13: 978-0-439-02348-1
ISBN10: 0-439-02348-3

Reviewed By: Lauren Lapinski

With constant predictions of the human race and the world coming to an end in the year 2012, many of us fear what the near and distant future hold. Suzanne Collinsโ€™ The Hunger Games takes place sometime in the distant future in the ruins of North America, now known as Panem. In this dystopia future, an event is held each year known as the Hunger Games, where children from age 12 to 18 are selected by lottery to compete in a televised fight to the death with only one surviving victor. The heroine, Katniss Everdeen , enters the Hunger Games after her younger sisterโ€™s name is selected from the lottery and she volunteers to take her place.

Collinsโ€™ style is very well written, easy to read, and fast paced. Every chapter leaves the reader in suspense and is nearly impossible to put down. The basic plot of kids killing kids for survival has been done before, in novels such as Koushun Takamiโ€™s Battle Royale, but the similarities end with that violent concept. The novel also deals with other serious issues such as hunger, political corruption, and what passes as entertainment for a public so desensitized and dehumanized by televised violence and reality shows. Collins has said the story is also inspired by the Greek myth of Theseus, as well as an experience of channel surfing between reality shows and coverage of the war in Iraq.

The Hunger Games is definitely a book to check out, a story that is wonderfully woven with intricate of excellent sub-plots, tear-jerking events, and an ending that will leave you dying to get your hands on the sequel.

14 Replies to “Book review: The Hunger Games Review”

  1. Hey OMG I LOVE THE HUNGER GAMES!! It is sooo good and i cant wait to read the next one ๐Ÿ™‚ WOOOHOO And peeta mellark! Youre mine

  2. Great book. I started it today. I’m on page 135. I can’t stop reading it!! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. i LOVE the hunger games! all of them are my life! <3 my only problem now it that i am terrified to watch the movie because i don't want my vision of the characters and events to be 'corrupted' like they have been with so many other novels. in my opinion Suzanne Collins is the greatest author of our time along with J.R.R.Tolkien, JK Rowling, and Stephenie Meyer(due to the host! which is a magnificent novel!) those four authors just cant be beat!

  4. Omg I read all these books and they are my fave!!!!i love suzanne collins and peeta is my favourite!!!!GO TEAM PEETA!!:-)

  5. OMG! I love the hunger games one of the best series ever!!!!!! But, i am disappointed with the cast they picked for the movie. Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss? NO WAY!

  6. I disagree, I found the Hunger Games writing style was painful, simplistic and over-descriptive. The books squash out all need for imagination or free thought from the reader as it dwells over needless detail and the language provides no pleasure of joy, especially when compared with other children’s books, for example Roald Dahl or Frances Hodgson Burnett. The books also seemed un-edited and have many cliches, and Katniss is shallow, one-dimensional, and her emotions are completely un-realistic for a child in that situation.

  7. OMG best series EVER!!! NEVER READ A BETTER FUTURISTIC DYSTOPIAN NOVEL EVER! hunger games will never be beaten!!! :D!

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