Katniss Everdeen has to make a monumental decision in The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. Their country, Panem, has been destroyed by civil war and the twelve remaining districts of the original thirteen are required to give a boy and girl tribute once a year the Hunger Games. It is a televised fight to the death inside an arena specially designed and the last remaining survivor is declared the winner. When Katniss’s little sister Prim’s name gets called, Katniss volunteers to take Prim’s place. Katniss spends the next couple of months training with Peeta, the boy tribute from her district. During the fight and training, Katniss makes some friends, and loses even more. Peeta declares his love for Katniss right before the games start in front of the entire country. She fights hard and has to make various decisions based on her own desire for survival.
This book is the first in The Hunger Games Trilogy. The end of the novel sets up for the next book really well. This book was my favorite in the entire trilogy and can despite its set up for the next book, it can be enjoyed as a single novel. I really liked how it set up an interesting perspective on a severely controlling government. I do like how touching it is when Katniss is willing to sacrifice herself in order to save her younger sister. However, I don’t like the fact that it is teenagers that have to fight each other and I didn’t like how Katniss played Peeta for a majority of the novel. I really liked how quickly the novel progressed and how fast paced it was. Some parts of the novel made me want to laugh, some made me want to cry, but mostly I was on the edge of my seat then entire time I was reading it. Just when I thought Katniss or Peeta was safe, something else came up that made me just want to continue reading until pretty soon the book was over.
As a side note regarding the rest of the trilogy, I really enjoyed the second novel, almost as much as the first, but the third book was kind of frustrating. I didn’t like the third book because of how slowly it started and then Katniss was really annoying almost the entire book. I didn’t like how sad the book was, but mostly I was frustrated by the fact that Katniss was depressed for the entire novel, even when everything was over, I could tell she wasn’t happy.
The Hunger Games Triology:
Title: The Hunger Games
Author: Suzanne Collins
Format: Hardbound, Paperback, eBook
Page Nos.: 384
Release Date: September 2009