The Hunger Games

Book Review

The Hunger Games

Haopeng Xue

In The Hunger Games, author Suzanne Collins created a new, fascinating, world that reflects real political issues. Reading The Hunger Games, we can’t help but to think about our modern society: threats of war, authoritarian government, and obsession with fashion trends. The novel is best suited for adults and teens because of the darkness of the storyline.

16-year-old Katniss Everdeen has been providing for her family since her father’s death. Through her skill with a bow and her ability to track rabbits and squirrels, her family escapes starvation. The survival of Katniss’s family was also due to her exchanging grain for having her name placed in a lottery for the Reaping, a ceremony to select which person will represent each district in the Hunger Games. But unfortunately, it is her sister Prim’s name that is called. Katniss volunteers as Tribute, and is forced to overcome many difficulties, but manages to return home safely.

The story does not end here, however. ”

As the first book in the Hunger Games trilogy, The Hunger Games is compelling literature that makes the reader, itching to find out what happens next, want to immediately continue on to the next book. Katniss is a strong, independent character who solves problems on her own, and takes charge of her own life. Her tendency to create problems can give rise to many conversations about whether she is right or wrong. The Hunger Games is rich in discussion points not only about government, personal freedom, and sacrifice, but also about what it means to be yourself and not submit to social rules.