The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins
The Hunger Games are a spectacle, something to watch every year, sure it’s not the must humane act, but as long as it doesn’t happen to them, it’s okay. That is until it does happen to them. When Katniss’ sister Prim’s name is pulled at the reaping, Katniss steps forward to take her place and becomes a part of the horrible excitement around the Capitol along with Peeta, a boy Katniss’ age, a boy to which Katniss owes a favor because he helped her and her family survive, even if she doesn’t think that he remembers. She, Peeta, and twenty-two other contestants (a boy and a girl from all 12 Districts) now have to fight and survive until just one remains.
Now a part of the Hunger Games, Katniss feels nothing but hatred for the Capitol that she never felt before while simply watching the Games in her house. This hypocrisy runs deeper to us readers as well. Reading the description we think what grotesque and almost barbaric actions; however the more we read, the more we become one of the spectators of the Hunger Games, rooting for a character to live, meaning we’re rooting for another to die.
This fast-paced novel makes up the first of the trilogy, leaving the reader begging for more.
Book Two: Catching Fire will be released September 1, 2009.
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins; $17.99; Scholastic
Happy reading and best wishes! -Maryam