The Hunger Games


Collins, Suzanne. The Hunger Games
New York: Scholastic Press, 2008. Print
ISBN: 9780439023528

The Hunger Games
Written by: Suzanne Collins
Reviewed by: Alisha Stevens
Recommended Audience: Middle school – adult

    The Hunger Games is a very interesting science fiction story about a post apocalyptic time in the nation of Panem.  The government of Panem, also known as the Capitol, holds an annual Hunger Games each year.  The Hunger Games is when they fight to the death and only one winner is allowed. Those chosen to be part of the Hunger Games are selected in a lottery format. Two (one female and one male) from each of the twelve districts are selected. Katniss Everdeen is the hero and the protagonist in the story. On the day of the reaping, District Twelve’s female tribute is chosen, and they chose Katniss’s little sister Prim. Katniss volunteers to take her sister’s place as soon as she hears her sisters name announced. Peeta, who later is her love interest in the story, is chosen as the male tribute. Katniss does not really know Peeta but remembers his kindness when he gave her bread to feed her starving family. 

    Katniss and Peeta soon leave and board the train for the Capitol. When they arrive they notice that the Capitol is much different from the life they had in the districts. The districts are full of poverty and starvation, while those living in the Capitol are very wealthy. They are given hair stylists, clothes designers, and former tributes as mentors. Once Katniss and Peeta arrive in the Capitol, they meet their design team, then start training for the Hunger Games.  All of the events for the Hunger Games are televised for entertainment by the people living in Panem. Katniss and Peeta are interviewed, and Peeta admits that he has had a crush on Katniss for years. Soon the game begins. Katniss is lifted into the arena with Peeta and all of the other tributes. Most of the tributes are killed on the first day, but Katniss survives and befriends a young girl named Rue who reminds her of her sister Prim.  Rue becomes Katniss’s friend and ally. Katniss and Rue make a plan that when Rue lights a fire, Katniss sneaks up to where all of the supplies and weapons are kept. The tributes that are guarding the supplies, leave to investigate the fires. Katniss blows up the supplies and when she goes back to meet up with Rue, she find her stabbed by another tribute. Katniss is devastated, and sings to Rue while she is dying and then covers her body in flowers to show how much she loved her.  This angered the Capitol.  

    Soon the Capitol announces that the rule changed, and now, two tributes from the same district can win. Katniss urgently searches for Peeta.  She finds him injured from a fight with another tribute. Katniss and Peeta hide in a cave so Peeta can recover without worrying about the other tributes. The next morning Katniss realizes that Peeta’s leg needs treatment. She is very concerned for Peeta’s life and professes her love for him.  Katniss and Peeta are now known as the “star-crossed lovers from District Twelve” and have won the hearts of the people of Panem.  

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