The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Review By: Sidney Drake
”That’s mine. It’s meant for me.” Sprinting into the Cornucopia, she is fighting for a bag that gives her the supplies she needs for survival. The Capitol wants them to fight, and this is just one of many in the arena of 24 tributes fighting till the death. Whether their strategy is staying hidden in the trees, or attacking people one by one, only one tribute comes out alive, and the rest are gone.
Suzanne Collins wrote The Hunger Games, a dystopian society book, which is a compelling novel about a 16 year old girl named Katniss Everdeen who volunteers to take her sister Prim’s place in the 74th annual Hunger Games event. Two tributes are picked from each district, one boy and one girl, to be put into an arena made by The Capitol to try and be the last one standing. Katniss is bold and strong, so she volunteered herself to take her sister Prim’s place that wouldn’t stand a chance in The Games. Katniss has to trust Gale, her best friend, which she would do anything for and he would do the same. The boy tribute, Peeta Mellark, doesn’t want to let The Capitol turn him into a toy for their amusement. He even tells Katniss, “We are not just another piece in their games.” Before The Games began, Katniss didn’t understand what he meant by this until she was put in a situation in the arena where all she wanted was The Capitol to be proven wrong for what they do.
These District Twelve tributes are not only at a disadvantage from where they come from, but their mentor Haymitch spends the majority of his days drunk. He is supposed to be keeping them alive, but he doesn’t really have much to say when it comes to helping them prepare for The Games. Despite being drunk half the time, he does at least say, “Here’s some advice. Stay alive.” He does pull through though and make a contribution to their team: fake love as a game winning strategy. But what if it isn’t fake love at all? What if for one of them, it’s real?
I recommend this book to everyone above the age of ten. It is addicting to everyone, but it has a dark topic that younger children probably aren’t ready to understand. Teenagers being put into an arena to kill each other might not rest well on younger kids when they are trying to fall asleep. It has so many unexpected twists and turns that there is no way anyone could be prepared for what would happen next.
I’m not even sure if I read this book. It was like I wasn’t reading at all, there was just a picture movie going through my head as I was reading, like the words weren’t even there. It was like I was following the same path as Katniss did throughout The Games. I could hear everything she heard as if it was being said to me. I could feel everything, physically being touched or understanding her feelings throughout her heart and mind, as if it was happening to me. I saw everything she did: the pain, the suffering, and the sadness that she went through. Now, the book is becoming a movie and it is entering theaters, and it just might become the world’s next phenomenon. It is definitely the best book in the series, and by far one of the best books I’ve ever read.
Now that the book is becoming a movie, there is a discussion about whether you are “Team Gale” or “Team Peeta.” Although I picture Gale much cuter than Peeta, Peeta is just so clever with words that I am “Team Peeta” all the way! He is so caring and thoughtful, he doesn’t push you away, and as I read this book I was wishing he was real! If I was in Katniss’ place I would have rather take Gale into The Games since he has taken care of himself and his family his whole life, but I would win so I could go back to Peeta!
Never in my life have I read a book like this before. It’s got everything a book is supposed to have, and it stands out in my mind as being one of a kind. So as Effie Trinket always says, “Happy Hunger Games, and may the odds be ever in your favor.”