Published on October 26th, 2012 | by Emma0
The Hunger Games
The Hunger Games is a must-read!
I doubt there are many people who haven’t heard of The Hunger Games series. But, if you’ve been living under a rock for the past few years, and fancy a great, thought-provoking read, The Hunger Games is a definite must.
In the future, after a catastrophic apocalyptic event renders the world as we know it no more, Panem is established in its place. It is split into a series of Districts, each responsible for a task important for the country’s survival. Katniss Everdeen is a resident of District 12. She’s a strong female character, an incredible role model both for her family and readers. At the annual Reaping of two children (otherwise known as Tributes) from each District for the Hunger Games, Katniss volunteers to go in her sister’s place when she is chosen. In a world where every single person is in danger of losing their humanity, Katniss fights to survive in the bleakest of circumstances.
Katniss is paired with Peeta, a boy from her District, while they learn to fight. This friendship is complicated even before they enter the arena, but with the added pressure knowing that only one child can survive the games, they try to distance themselves. It is their relationship in particular that I enjoyed most about The Hunger Games, for it avoids the usual young adult pitfalls of girl meets boy, both brood over one another for no reason until they give in. Rather, this relationship is born out of pain, circumstance and real motivation. It’s great stuff.
Although I won’t reveal the narrative here—as it’s a journey to relish—I have to applaud Collins’ approach to poverty, social classes, oppression, mass media and tribal warfare. She manages to introduce and explore a bleak world without depressing her readers, and still develop fascinating relationships among the tributes despite the fact that most won’t survive.
Suzanne Collins is an American television writer and novelist. Catching Fire and Mockingjay round off The Hunger Games trilogy. She has also written The New York Times bestselling series The Underland Chronicles.