The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

 

This is a book that made me laugh, cry (if you’ve read the book you know which bits I am on about here) and truly appreciate the society that we today live in how many thing are taken for granted.

Here’s a summary of the novel with as few spoilers as possible J

Katniss Everdeen Volunteers at the reaping to take her sisters place as the female tribute for the 74th Annual Hunger games. The hunger games are a cruel sport designed by the Capitols Leader President Snow where children must fight to the death in the arena. As punishment of the rebellion each year the 12 various districts of Panem must offer up in tribute 1 young male and female who will fight to the death in an arena till one lone victor remains. This victor will be bathed in riches to show the generosity of the capitol. Katniss and her fellow tribute Peeta Mellark are sent to the capitol to be showcased to the capitol citizens and trained for the Games. But when the Games begin it is apparent that the 74th  Annual Hunger Games will be interesting.

This novel was first published in 2008 and from then has had another two books published (Catching Fire and Mockingjay). Also the hunger games has been made into a much loved film with catching fire expected in November.

This novel tackles many different themes. These themes include poverty, starvation and the effects of war on a large scale. It shows how war has manipulated the inhabitants of the country and especially there leader, who creates the games which indicates to the reader just how much power he holds over the citizens of Panem and how the power of his status has made him act and how he expresses his power (The Hunger Games). The novel teaches the reader about what it is like to live in poverty and what it leads people to act.

This book may teach about poverty and power but also friendship and loyalty. This is apparent in some of the characters. One in particular is the character Rue. The youngest of the tributes rue is seen to be the weakling and the easiest to kill. But she is underestimated. It is an unlikely friendship and alliance with the main character that leads to the theme of friendship and loyalty. Anyone who has read this amazing book knows which part I am on about. The compassion and the care that is shown to a stranger by our heroin is just unbelievable.

Over all this book is well written and is a great read. The characters all have there own unique qualities that make the book extra special. It touches many topics that can sometimes be over looked and brushed aside. It’s a must read for all you people put there that love a book with adventure, romance, death. A good book needs some element of death. And heart stopping (also warming) moments.    

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