Many of us have seen post-apocalyptic movies about what life could be life after the world is essentially destroyed with only a few remaining survivors. However, I’m pretty sure most of us did not think of post-apocalyptic life to be anything like what Suzanne Collins had envisioned in this first novel in The Hunger Games series.
This story involves individuals living in 12 different districts which inhabit the country, with the richest and most posh of them all being the Capitol. The heroine of this novel is called Katniss Everdeen and she is an inhabitant of district 12, along with her mother and younger sister Prim. Every year, the capitol hosts an annual “Hunger Games” where 2 tributes from each district are chosen to fight to the death in an arena until 1 victor remains standing, for the joy of others to view. This year, Katniss volunteers as tribute in place of her sister who was originally chosen, and she is paired with a young boy named Peeta who is revealed to have a huge crush on Katniss for quite some time now. They are both put under the watch of Haymitch (a drunkard and former hunger games winner), Cinna and Portia (their stylists), and Effie (their wrangler).
Once in the arena, Peeta quickly creates an alliance with “the career pack” who are some of the top fighters in the games, whereas Katniss decided to get on good terms with a young girl from district 11 named Rue. The careers are hot on Katniss’ trail, determined to kill her, and are unaware that Peeta joined their pack to lead them away from Katniss in order to protect her. Thankfully, most of them are killed in a most horrendous way, along with poor young Rue who had been hoping to help Katniss win the games. Suddenly, as the games draw to a close, the rules are changed, allowing 2 tributes from the same district to win the games. This change was mainly made because of the audience’s growing fondness of Katniss and Peeta blossoming romantic relationship, also meaning the 2 tributes would have to convince the viewers that they truly were in love. The more tributes die, the closer Katniss and Peeta get to complete the games, that is, if no other plot changes occur.
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins is an exciting and super suspenseful novel which will make it hard for you to sleep at night. Filled with constant unexpected surprises and seriously emotional moments, you will not want to put this book down until you get to the very end, which is a major plot twist in itself. Fans of any adventure novels will truly enjoy reading this particular, of which I highly recommend.