Book Review: “The Hunger Games” by Suzanne Collins

Well I finally got around to reading the book, “The Hunger Games” by Suzanne Collins. I bought the book because there is a movie being made to this. I thought the plot to the movie sounded interesting to me so I wanted to read the book before the movie came out. I learned that this book is a teen readers/young adults novel. Yes, another tween story, but this is no “Harry Potter” or “Twilight”, “The Hunger Games” is a totally different story.

The book is set after an unidentified future after the destruction of North America. The United States is replaced by Panem after the destruction. It is divided into the Capital and 12 Districts. Every year two young people are selected by lottery to participate in, “The Hunger Games”. “The Hunger Games” has 24 young people competing each other to win. The only way to win is to eliminate each competitor by killing them. The last person standing alive is the winner which is called a “victor”, in the book. 16 year old Katniss Everdeen teams up with a boy named, Peeta, who helps each other survive the games.

As you can tell by the plot, it sounds violent, right? The book is very violent. I was surprised on how violent it was. It really shouldn’t be considered a teen reader’s novel. As soon as I started the book, I just couldn’t put it down. It only took me a couple of days to read. It’s also a love story but there’s not much romance in it. I believe the romance was thrown in there so it can be considered a “teen” novel. Other than that, the book is way too violent for kids to read. There’s even a bit of blood and gore described in the book too.

When I read this book, I thought I was reading, “Lord of the Flies” by William Golding ’cause that’s what the book will remind you of. “The Hunger Games” will also remind you about that TV show, “Lost” and “Survivor”. So I have this feeling that “The Hunger Games” movie will be shot reality show style

Back to the book, I really liked, Suzanne’s writing and looking forward to reading the rest of the Hunger Games series. I think the next book is called, “Mocking Jay” and I’ll buy that book sometime in the future. There are other books I need to catch up on. Yes, I’ve been doing a lot of reading lately. Why? Because I like books. I’ve been a reader of books ever since I was a kid. It’s just a hobby of mine that I like to do.


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