Book Review: The Hunger Games
Okay, I just (kind of) finished the whole Hunger Games trilogy yesterday. I will later say why I choose the word, “Kind of” instead of just omitting the two nonsense words. Anyway, I’ve been dying to review the book ever since I started reading. But I realize how can I review it? Shall I review the entire trilogy at once? I considered that but my post will be long and boring so, I decided to chop it. Subsequently, first thing’s first: The disclaimer.
This review is not based on some rocket science or a media critique; Just an opinion of a girl who lives in the Philippines and happens to read the book. Nothing is implied; only opinions and perceptions. I don’t even intend to give away some spoilers. I’m going to rate the book from the category of “Stars”: 5 highest and 1 lowest (How I enjoyed the book entirely). And for the record, I suck at book reviews! So, let’s do it!
The book’s setting is North America after the war. It was destroyed and now called Panem, which has officially 12 districts (because the 13th was wiped out because of their rebellion) and a Capitol. The Capitol mainly has everything—of wealth, technologies and all while the other districts are left to die in hunger. To remind people of the rebellion of district 13 (also to inject fear), they are having an annual hunger games, a reality TV show. This will require each district to have 2 “tributes” (representatives): one female, one male. They are chosen through the drawing of lots. And these representatives will go to the capitol’s arena to fight for their lives. Only one wins and the winner got to have a one year supply of food and live in the “Victor’s Village”.
The story revolves and was narrated by a sixteen-year-old, Katniss Everdeen. She is from district 12 and when her sister’s name was called for the games, she volunteered. Along with her team is Peeta Mellak, the son of the baker. They eventually went to the games with their strategy of a “star-crossed lovers” from district 12, which gave them an edge. The thing is, in the arena, one way to survive is from the sponsors. They will come when you need them in parachutes. Katniss and Peeta’s Mentor, Haymitch, thought that selling them as lovers will make them have more sponsors.
Generally, the book’s theme was diverse: First, it was political because of the war and the manipulation of the Capitol, their power over the district and how they manage to send these people into an area, finding joy in their death. Teenage angst was also shown as only 12 to 18 years old can be in the games. It also shows love and most of all survival.
Suzanne Collins’ writing style on the other hand, I can say is exceptional. When she describes something, it feels real. It includes the five senses. Even the writing of the battles and the killings are also detailed. As if you’re in the scene of the book. Her transitions are also smooth, you won’t even notice it. Katniss’ character was solid which says the author knows who exactly her characters are.
People always remark the book is violent but I liked it. How the author even thought of everything—the games, the interview before the games, the tactic to win, the mockingjay pin, everything. The story isn’t predictable. One day Katniss is inlove with Peeta, the next she isn’t. And it’s not superficial: She got some bruises; she is almost killed in the arena. It has many twist and turns and most of the time stressful to read because you’re so engage on what they’re been through.
As a person who always connotes a book to our reality, Please permit me. I think that we are all in a hunger games. We are all trying to survive and trying to look for food to fill our stomachs. I should know. Some even go beyond the point of killing.
The arena is the world and we’re all trying to be alive like Katniss and Peeta.
Stars: ★★★★★ 5/5
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