The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

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Hi everyone! Ash here. It’s about time we reviewed this book, huh? Well, here I am with my review. Hope you liked The Hunger Games, because wanna know where my opinion rests?

Ten pens! That’s right, folks, this incredible book got ten pens! Best. Book. EVER!!!

I even have all 3 books: Hunger Games-paperback. Catching Fire-got for free when I bought my Nook. Mockingjay-hardback.

This book is an amazing book and you probably already know what happens, but I’m going to summarize it anyways.

“In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts.” -books.google.com
Ironically, Panem means ‘bread’ and comes from the Latin phrase “Panem et Circenses,” which means “Bread and circuses,” and that’s what Panem is all about. The rich citizens have a seemingly unlimited food supply, waste their money on parties, and once a year bet on the best entertainment of all: The Hunger Games.

This cruel form of entertainment is, essentially, a slaughterhouse in which the Capitol keeps the districts in line by forcing them to send two tributes, a girl and a boy, between the ages of 12 and 18.

Katniss and her male friend Gale hunt illegally for their families and trade in the illegal black market called the Hob: you can tell that the law enforcers, called Peacekeepers, aren’t enforcing the rules harshly. You can even find the Peacekeepers in the Hob bartering for the meat and plants Katniss and Gale bring back from the forest!

Katniss is protective of her adorable little sister, Prim. Her full name is Primrose, and is learning how to be a healer from their mother. It’s the day of the Reaping, and this one is especially grim because it is Prim’s first. Katniss couldn’t bear to see her sister die on live television–luckily, her name is only in their once, so the odds are in her favor.

The odds are wrong. Prim’s name is picked, and without thinking Katniss volunteers herself for the Games to protect her sister, the first volunteer District 12 has ever seen. Katniss promises Prim she will stay alive, and knows that she can at least fight and forage. However, when the one boy who had saved her life gets picked as male tribute, things get infinitely more difficult. Katniss is thrown into the most violent, ruthless game ever played–in debt to someone she might have to kill.

Anyways, with that happy note, hope you like! I know I sure did–I’ve reread the books trillions of times!

~ Ash

 

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