Book Review: The Hunger Games

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The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins, was the first series I read (besides Twilight) that really caught my attention.  It sparked my interest in dystopian novels because it was so action-packed that I could not put it down.  It was an easy read; the series is meant for young adults.

I loved the plot and the characters of the series.  The first two books were my favorite.  The third book took me longer to get through.  I found it to be dragging because it was more about the revolution, and all the excitement from the actual games was gone. 

For those of you who have not read the books, the story takes place in Panem, which was divided into 12 districts.  It was formerly 13 districts, but the 13th district collapsed after attempting a revolution against the Capitol.  Each district is known for something and some are better off than others.  The Capitol of Panem hosts a tournament known as the Hunger Games, every year.  One male and one female from each district between the ages of 12 and 18, battle for their lives.  This is to show all the districts that the Capitol has all the power and it would be wise not to go against them.

Katniss Everdeen, from district 12, is the protagonist of the series.  She volunteers as “tribute” to takes the place of her 12 year old sister, Primrose, during the “reaping” when she is chosen to compete in the Hunger Games.  Katniss is a strong female protagonist.  She appears cold in the book.  She tends to keep to herself.  However, she is also independent, protective, strong-willed, and defiant.  These traits, along with the help of her mentor, Haymitch, and one of her love interests, Peeta Mellark, turn her into the face of the revolution.

Although I love the plot, I actually did not care for the complicated love story within the series.  Katniss’s feelings for Gale and Peeta annoyed me.  Gale had been her best friend and hunting partner during tough times.  Peeta was the nice baker’s son who had a huge crush on Katniss ever since they were little and he tossed her some bread.  Katniss has feelings for both of them, but I never could tell if she was genuinely in love with any of them.  Then later in the series, after President Snow tortures Peeta and distorts his memories so that he hates and fears Katniss, she chooses to love Peeta.  Sweet, lovable Peeta is never the same again, but it takes all of that to make Katniss realize she loves Peeta instead of Gale.  Their love story is kind of depressing if you ask me.  However, if I had to choose, I would say I'm Team Peeta.

Anyways, Hunger Games is a great series to read.  It is slightly different than the movie.  Little things like where Katniss got the mockingjay pin, figuring out who played Effie, Katniss figuring out how to use the gifts that Haymitch sent her during the games from the sponsors, and how the game makers watch was supposed to be the inspiration for the second hunger games setting were different or missing.  I guess everything can’t be exactly the same though.  If you get a chance to read the books, I would definitely give the series a chance!

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