The Hunger Games: A Review by Eugene Zhu

HungerGamesCover Set in a dystopian future, The Hunger Games follows the story of Katniss Everdeen, a girl from District 12, which is one of the 12 impoverished districts of Panem. The 12 districts are led by the Capitol, a wealthy city that displays its superiority with force, as well as a yearly event called the Hunger Games. The Hunger Games, a tool to promote disunion and discourage rebellion, pits a boy and girl between the ages of 14-18 from every district into an area, where they fight to the death. The winner of the year’s Hunger Games will gain many benefits and a lot of fame for themselves as well as their districts. On the 74th year of the hunger games, Katniss, who was only 16 years old, volunteered for the hunger games after her sister was chosen.

 

As the book goes on, Peeta, the male tribute from district 12, and Katniss are taken to the Capitol, where they are pampered and trained to survive in the arena. While at the Capitol, both Peeta and Katniss gain the audience’s support and admiration, which plays a key role when they are sent into the arena. Once they are sent to the arena, both Katniss and Peeta use their knowledge and wits to survive the fighting as well as the Capitol’s evil tactics.

 

By delving into the story of the Hunger Games, we can see how this fictional book can be related to real life. Take the Holocaust, for example. Germany can be seen as a Capitol that killed people (Jews) for pleasure, just to show their political dominance. Suzanne Collins is just mimicking the world that we live in. She has created a book that we think is absolutely horrible, but in reality similar events have happened in our world in the past, to this day. Events that have the same morals as the Hunger Games have happened in reality. Everyone just sat by and watched the Holocaust happen, and It took a while for anything to be done about it. This is exactly what is happening within the country of Panem.

 

I think The Hunger Games is a really good book and is very entertaining. When I read the book, I became immediately attached to it, staying up night after night trying to finish the trilogy. It also makes people question their morals. Something I like about The Hunger Games is that, unlike other famous books (e.g. Harry Potter, Twilight), The Hunger Games is realistic. Additionally, there is a lot of action in every single book of The Hunger Games Trilogy. Something I think Suzanne could improve on is making the story less violent, since it could have an impact on the reader, both physically and mentally.

 

Overall, I would recommend The Hunger Games Trilogy to teens and adults, since the book is entertaining to read and think about.

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