The Hunger Games – Book Review

Title: The Hunger Games

Author: Suzanne Collins

Length: 454 pages

Release Date: 2009

Description: Katniss Everdeen is sixteen-years-old, sister to twelve-year-old Prim and daughter to a father who is now dead and a mother who would have let both herself, Prim and Katniss starve if Katniss hadn’t taken it upon herself at a young age to feed and provide for them all. But Katniss has never had to fight so hard for survival, until now. The time has come for the Hunger Games contestants to be chosen, contestants who will get put into an arena and have to fight to the death, there can only be one survivor. Twenty-four children all fighting not to starve, freeze and be murdered. Katniss, after a heroic act of taking her sister’s place is now one of those contestants but despite her ability to hunt and provide for a family of three can she protect herself when it matters most?

My Thoughts: Now I know there are hundreds of reviews of this book and all the others already out there, but the release of Mockingjay Part 2 is tomorrow and although I probably won’t see it tomorrow, I will see it soon and every new film release I re-read all the books and re-watch all the films and I thought, this is the last film, after this film The Hunger Games is officially over, no more books, no more films so why not review them all while people are still mourning over the end of The Hunger Games? Why not review all of it during this massive event? So that’s what I’m going to do, over the next few weeks I’ll be reviewing all the books and all the films, finishing with Mockingjay Part 2 and then I will curl up in my bed and cry (Okay, I’m joking about that part, but it will be pretty sad, the end of another great book/film trilogy.)

Anyway, the book. So, this is about the fourth or fifth time I’ve read this book but the good thing about it is, it never gets boring and somehow there are always bits I’ve forgotten or bits I’ve remembered in the wrong order and therefore everything that happens in the book is still kind of a surprise and it’s great! I love it! I also think it’s a great skill to create a book that you can read over and over, but we’ve probably already established that Suzanne Collins is a skilful writer.

I think the characterization in The Hunger Games is really good, there’s enough characterization that you kind of get a feeling of who each character is and what role they’ve got to play in the story but yet you still know there’s got to be some development before you can really start picking favourites or before you can really know who the character is, and personally I don’t feel like Katniss is a very likeable character in this book, but who can blame her? She’s been starving all her life, she has no money, she lives in a terrible world where everyone is controlled by richer, more powerful people that have the ability to kill them whenever they like, she doesn’t have time to think about her likeability. I feel like we know we’re supposed to like Peeta but at the same time he’s just kind of soppy and annoying but we still love him anyway, it’s pretty hard not to right? And you know that in the next book and the book after that the characters are going to develop and you’re going to know who you like and who you don’t. I think there’s quite a bit of character develop just in this book to be honest, and by the end of it I already had some favourites and people that I thought could turn into some really great characters. I also thing the relationship between all the characters is really good, there’s kind of a bit of every kind of relationship in this book and I really like it.

While I’m talking about relationships I would like to quickly touch on Katniss and Peeta’s relationship, it has been about a year since I read this book last and I always forget how much of a relationship Katniss and Peeta have in the arena and how important I think that is to the story, although in some places it can get a tiny bit cheesy I feel like they’re relationship in the arena is one of the most important parts of the whole book, I feel like when they’re with each other they’re learning a bit more about themselves and we’re learning with them, they’re developing their own character by being with the other character and I think it’s really clever.

One of the things I like best about this book is the awareness of society that it brings, reading this book I realised how we – in some ways – live almost exactly like they do (although luckily children aren’t being thrown into arenas and killed viciously by each other. But how long is it until that starts happening?) what I mean by this is, in The Hunger Games everything that they do is basically based on other people, everything they do in the arena to get help from their mentors and sponsors is based on how other people will be watching and viewing it on their television. Everything is about how other people see you, and I think there is a truth in that for everybody, definitely for me, my life is basically controlled by thinking about how other people are going to view me, inside or outside of the house. What I wear in the morning, what I wear at night, is all about how other people will see me and what people will think if they see me in the street or in a shop or wherever. I feel like living in the society I live in, and many other people live in, it partially takes away your ability to be yourself, I try my very best to be myself but there’s only so far you can go being yourself before society creeps up on you. And in that aspect I feel like we are very much in our own version of The Hunger Games.

It’s really hard to know how to review a book basically everyone has already read.

I feel like if you really think about The Hunger Games and try to analyse everything that happens in it and all the characters there are you can probably relate yourself to at least one of them, even though you may not want to because maybe you’re one of the rich horrible people, but maybe you’re not. As well as being a good book I think The Hunger Games has really strong messages about society and politics, and how we all behaviour towards each other and how it’s viewed by other people and I just feel like this book is a real eye-opener to some things and I think Suzanne Collins has done a really good job writing a book like The Hunger Games and as a writer myself I really wish I was the one who came up with this idea.

If you’re one of the people that hasn’t read The Hunger Games I suggest you go and read it now because it’s a really good book and hey, maybe you’ll learn something! If you’re one of the people that has already read it then, good job! Why not read it again? And if you want to let me know what you thought of the book please let me know in the comments!

4 and a half stars/5

Other Books In The Trilogy: Catching Fire (Book 2) Mockingjay (Book 3)

Other Books By The Author: Year Of The Jungle, When Charlie McButton Lost Power, The Underland Chronicles,

Other Information: The Hunger Games got turned into a Lionsgate film in 2012 starring Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson, rated 12. For full details and a trailer click the link:

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