The Hunger Games
Author: Suzanne Collins
Rating: 5/5 Stars
Reviewer: Denise Z.
Summary: In a future North America, where the rulers of Panem maintain control through an annual televised survival competition pitting young people from each of the twelve districts against one another, sixteen-year-old Katniss's skills are put to the test when she voluntarily takes her younger sister's place.
Review:Pretty much everyone has heard of The Hunger Games with its popular following in both print and film. I admit I watched the movie before I picked up the first book in the series. However, it was the movie that made me want more detail and the book does not disappoint.
Suzanne Collins does a brilliant job describing the post-war futuristic America now called Panem and of The Hunger Games that are put on each year. After Katniss finds out her younger sister has been picked to fight to the death with other children from various other districts, she volunteers herself in order to save her sister from the games’ barbarism. Since a boy and a girl from each district must be picked as a way to remind each district of the war fought, Peeta, a boy also from District 12, has been chosen to go with Katniss.
Collins takes the reader on an exciting journey with a female protagonist in a world like no other. I enjoyed reading her depictions on their bleak surroundings during the games and how each character felt and reacted different. I’ll be reading the rest of the series.