January 15, 2012

The Hunger Games By Suzanne Collins

The Hunger Games

I am guessing many of you have already read this book, but I love it more every time I read it. I'm sure that you'll agree with me that Ms. Collins has spun a masterpiece.

North America has been destroyed. Of course that was a long time ago. After the initial destruction, the continent now known as Panem was split into 13 districts. Ruled by a cruel and ruthless Capitol, the districts were forced to live life as best as possible.

After a "disagreement" with the Capitol, district 13 was literally wiped off the face of the earth. Gone. Completely obliterated.

All the citizens of Panem live in fear of District 13's fate becoming their own. They fear horrid and cruel punishments for minor crimes they must commit in order to feed their families. 16 year old Katniss Everdeen is no exception.

She spends most of her time beyond the fence of District 12 (her home district) with her best friend Gale, constantly hunting to provide food for their families. They live life trying to smile, but never really succeeding 'cause there is always that ghastly event tugging at the backs of their minds. What event, you say, could be so bad that it is on their minds 24/7?

Yep. That's right. The Hunger Games.

The Hunger Games are the Capitol's way of, shall we say, reminding the districts that they have absolutely no power and the Capitol will forever be in charge. Kind of a bummer, right?

Every year, each district sends one boy and one girl (ages 12-18 - called Tributes) to the Capitol where they must fight the other Tributes to the death. And the people of the districts are forced to watch as their own children are killed. Come to think if it, it's rather a large bummer.

Katniss has put up hard and brittle emotional walls that protect her conscience from prying and evasive strangers. But she has always had one thing she could rely on for joy. Her family. Especially her little sister Primrose (Prim for short).

After her father died, Katniss' mother receded inside herself, and Katniss was practically forced to raise Prim on her own. The love she possesses for Prim always outweighs the few measly scraps Katniss manages to bring home from hunting. Prim is, in a sense, Katniss' savior, as Katniss is hers.

Now, it is possible for someone to volunteer to be a Tribute in the Hunger games, but that only really happens in the lower districts (1 + 2). But you can probably imagine what Katniss did when Prim's name was called to participate in the "Games". She volunteered.

Before Katniss could blink an eye, she was swept up in fancy clothes, interviews, and the finest food she had ever eaten in preparation for the Hunger Games. Oh yeah, and I should probably also mention that the other Tribute from her district, Peeta Mellark, divulged that he had a lifelong crush on her. But that wasn't gonna get very far, seeing as they were supposed to be killing each other.

Unfortunately, that's all I'm gonna tell you about this book, so you better read The Hunger Games if you want to figure out all the bloody, nasty, and maybe even sappy (: details.

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