Title: The Hunger Games
(The Hunger Games Trilogy #1)
Author: Suzanne Collins
Genre: YA, Science Fiction, Dystopia, Fantasy
First published: September 14th 2008
Finished: November 14th 2012
“And while I was talking, the idea of actually losing Peeta hit me again and I realized how much I don’t want him to die. And it’s not about the sponsors. And it’s not about what will happen when we get home. And it’s not just that I don’t want to be alone. It’s him. I do not want to lose the boy with the bread.”
This is probably one of my favorite YA dystopian series ever. The Hunger Games just has it all: a great heroine to connect with, some serious action and bad guys and a little pinch of humanity to seal the deal. A lot of spin offs have been written since this book has been first published, but none can compete with Katniss and her crew. Katniss is easy to relate to, full of awesomeness and she makes the story THAT much better. She is probably one of my favorite female dystopian heroines ever! The story is easy to read and the book is hard to lay down unfinished. In other words: if you like the YA dystopian genre and haven’t read this one yet, go read The Hunger Games now!
The Hunger Games trilogy is set in a post apocalyptic future where the world called Panem is divided into a Capìtal and twelve districts. Each of the districts has its own purpose, and they are all suppressed by the people of the Capital. To keep the districts under control after an earlier rebellion, the Capital has invented a very cruel game… Each year these so-called Hunger Games require two children from each district to participate. They are chosen based on a lottery system where all children of a certain age have their name included in the drawing. After they are chosen, the 24 contestants are put together in an arena and have to fight each other to the death until only one remains: the Victor. The Hunger Games are to remind the people of the districts of the past rebellion and its consequences. They are not only forced to watch their children being send away to the Games, but also forced to participate in the feasts before the actual games and to watch and listen to anything broadcasted by the Capital.
The main character and heroine of The Hunger Games is the 16 year old Katniss Everdeen. Everybody is poor in the districts, but when her father dies, she was left to take care of her mother and little sister. Katniss turns to desperate measures and goes hunting with her best friend Gale, something forbidden by the Capital. They struggle, but are able to survive for quite some time. But things change drastically when Katniss’s younger sister is chosen as the female contestant for their district… Katniss cannot bear to see her little sister go, and volunteers to take her place to protect her. The other contestant, Peeta, is a bakery boy who has been in love with Katniss for a long time, although Katniss prefers not to notice. Together they travel to the Capital and begin the preparations for the opening ceremonies… Let the games begin!
The Hunger Games definitely is definitely a book to make sure you have tissues closeby. There are so many great characters and contestants, and knowing that only one can survive the Hunger Games is heartbreaking. The Games go on for two weeks and we watch as 24 young children try to survive by avoiding and hunting each other at the same time. Until the end comes with a big bang… I myself couldn’t let this one go until I got to the last page. A definite must read!