By Suzanne Collins
The Hunger Games : You know they usually say that the movies they make do not do the book justice. This is another one of those situations when that is true. There was so much hype when the blockbuster movie was released, that as a human being I became very curious. It did not help hearing all the teens swear that although the movie is great the book was on another level. For the record, the movie is really good.
The Hunger Games is set in a fictitious country called Panem, which exists in the same area North America once stood. They are a total number of twelve districts that surround this nation. Often they engaged in war and and the districts always lost. In order to surrender they would have to each send a boy and a girl to participate in a yearly live reality TV like show called, “The Hunger Games”.
The main character is Katniss Everdeen, a 16 year old girl who lives at home with her little sister Prim and mother. Prim is selected to represent her district but her sister Katniss replaces her in the game where out of 24 contestants only one lives and wins the game. It is a very fast paced game set in different terrains, the rules are constantly changing and they even allow the audience to participate. Get ready for an intoxicating life or death plot, that is full of drama and at times disturbing.
The author Suzanne Collins spent her younger years writing children television shows on channels like Nickelodeon. She is a New York Times bestselling author for another series of books, “The Underland Chronicles” that was written for the middle-grade age group. The Hunger Games is actually a trilogy, in which she tries to look at how war and violence affects our children. Although the book is targeted at teenagers, often times I found the story very brutal. Judging from her previous works, you would never expect her to write a storyline such as this one.
The humor was much appreciated too.Overall I found the book was written very well and I enjoyed the way she paced the story out. Although violence can be found in the book it is cleverly written so that it does not become too overwhelming. There are very short intimate scenes that are perfect for the younger readers. This is one of those books I found hard to put down once I started reading it. A great read especially for teen boys and girls, who are at least 12 years or older.