Recently we did book clubs in ILA and i choose the 374 page book the Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. A lot of people have read it and said it was amazing and it even got a movie that I heard was great. I never saw the movie or read the book but I was always curious about the book. This is why I picked it. I wanted to see why it was so good.
The book is about Katniss Everdeen a 16 year old who lives in the country of Panem in district 12. Every year kids are picked to fight in the Hunger Games. Katniss becomes a contender in the Games so she and Peeta the boy contender from district 12 must fight for their lives in the 74th Hunger Games.
I liked the way the author ended each chapter with a cliffhanger. It made the story seem tense and if I had read it by reading one chapter at day i would have been on the edge of my set for 2 weeks. In most books there is a cliff hanger every few chapter but it is reading to see it every chapter. Sure some are better than others but it is interesting.
This book reminded me of the giver, first off because they are both dystopian novels. Secondly they both talk about the past, the giver had the memories and the Hunger games keeps going back to the fact that Pamen is the ruins of the United States (which is an example of again and again).
The resolution to the main character’s problem is very good. I like how Katniss and Peeta try to beat the game makers. I also like how the book itself has a good cliffhanger with the capitol thinking it was a rebellion. This is a good lead into the sequel Catching Fire.
Next I am going to quote a passage from the book. A few chapters ago the capitol said two people could win the hunger games. In this scene right after the “final contender” is killed the capital changes it’s mind.
“But again there’s no response.
“What are they waiting for?” says Peeta weekly. Between the loss of the tourniquet and the effort it took to get to the lake , his wound has opened up again.
“I don’t know” I say. Whatever the holdup is , I can’t watch him lose any more blood. I find a stick but almost immediately come across the arrow that bounced off Cato’s body armor. It will do as well as the other arrow. As I pick it up, Claudius Templesmith’s voice booms into the arena.
“Greetings to the final contestants to the Seventy-fourth Hunger Games. The earlier revision has The earlier revision has been revoked, Closer examination of the rule book has disclosed that only one winner may be allowed,” he says. “Good luck and may the odds be ever in your favor.
There’s a small burst of static and then nothing more. I stare at Peeta in disbelief as the truth sinks in. They never intended to let us both live. This has all been devised by the gamemakers to guarantee the most dramatic showdown in history. And like a fool, I bought into it.”
I quoted this passage because it shows all the twists the book has. The whole book is about how they could both survive the games but no. There are tons of twists and this is one of the best.
I give this a 9/10. If you have not read this yet then read it.