Wednesday, March 3, 2010

The Hunger Games leave me, well, hungry for more.

The Hunger Games, written by Suzanne Collins, was the strongest young adult book I have read in a long time. The character development was excellent, while in no way lacking in the plot. Many of the characters were different then typically seen and expected-- and I liked them! The main character, Katniss, would in few ways be considered friendly or even nice, but she somehow managed to maintain her likability as a character thanks to her fierce strength (physical as well as emotional) and protection over her little sister, Prim. Being strong did not come as a choice to Katniss. Ever since her father died and her mom stopped providing for their now-smaller family, Katniss was the one who had see to it that they did not starve, as many did people of her time. Ever since the districts of Panem tried (and failed) to rebel against the capital, life had been full of hardships for many of its citizens, especially those farthest from the Capital. And if allowing its people to starve on a daily basis isn’t bad enough, every year a teenage boy and girl from each district is chosen lottery style to represent their district in the Hunger Games.
The Hunger Games is grim reality show, which requires all of the tributes to kill each other off in order to be the last tribute standing, and be allowed to go home. So when little Prim's name is called to be a contestant, Katniss hardly has to has to think twice before she frantically volunteers to go in her sister's place. Although Katniss never regrets her decision, she can't stop herself from feeling a pang of pain when she finds her fellow district tribute is Peeta, a boy she hardly knows yet has a complicated relationship with none-the-less.
Overall The Hunger Games is a thought-provoking, action-packed novel. But don’t be too surprised when a story of forbidden-love, tentatively begins to take shape.