Book Review: The Hunger Games

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Read in May, 2010

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After reading Catching Fire, I decided to go back and read The Hunger Games again. I must say I am in complete awe of this series. It is so compelling, and so disturbing. After reading it again, I have decided to up my rating to 5 stars, it is well deserving of it.

Suzanne Collins weaves an excellent tale. Katniss is a likable main character, and I enjoy that that the story is told from her perspective. You only know what Katniss knows, which makes the story that much more intriguing. There is so much more to this book than just the Games, which I caught on to more when rereading. The despair in the districts, and the feeling of hopelessness. And the Capitol? It almost scares me how similar it is to the good ol’ USA…

At one point while in the Capitol, Katniss is able to push a button and a meal appears in less than 60 seconds. She wonders what people do with their time if they don’t have to worry about feeding themselves. You see, Katniss has spent the past 5 years feeding her family, and she can’t imagine who she would be without that task. How scary is it that this reminds me of the United States?

There are people struggling with hunger and poverty here, but we have distractions from acknowledging that. We have manicures, pedicures, breast augmentation, tattoos, designer clothes, nice cars, big houses, vacations; need I go on? Imagine a world where you don’t know where your next meal is coming from, you only have electricity for maybe 3 hours out of the day, a fence surrounds your town and you are forbidden to go beyond it, and every year 24 children go into an arena to fight to the death while the Capitol places bets. Scary, isn’t it?

Read this book…your mind will thank you.

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