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24 Tributes. 12 Districts. 1 winner. Welcome to The Hunger Games.
The Hunger Games Classic - Suzanne Collins
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The Hunger Games Classic - Suzanne Collins
Advantages: Well written, descriptive without being boring, relatable characters, fantastic concept.
Disadvantages: Personally, I like a little more violence in my books but that says more about me than this novel!
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.
As the 74th annual Hunger Games approach, every boy and girl across each of the 12 districts holds their breath. Each district will hold a 'Reaping' in which both a male and female tribute will be chosen from all those aged between 12 and 18. It is the tributes job to head to the glitzy, glamorous Capitol and represent their District in the annual televised fight to the death. Friends become enemies, allegiances become deadly and moral lines become blurred as the annual event evolves into a blood soaked battle for survival, there can be only one winner and this year Katniss Everdeen needs it to be her.
Forced to watch their beloved children battle to the death in an entertainment driven television show causes unease throughout all of Panem's twelve Districts but rebellion, defiance and an uprising are not an option, the destruction of the rebellious District 13 and the power of the Capitol holds the citizens of Panem firmly in their place. They watch as the tributes destory one another, each District hoping that one of their children will return a Victor, that their loved one will return home.
In a society dejected and abandoned how do you remain hopeful? And in 'The Arena' alongside 23 other tributes all desperate to survive how do you stay alive or more importantly how do you die with dignity, grace and your morals intact?
Join us for the 74th annual Hunger Games and remember, let the odds be ever in your favour.
I fought reading this book for quite a while. I had heard it compared to Twilight (hated the films, haven't read the books) and having seen the first Hunger Games film and not finding it particularly outstanding I resisted reading the book until I had nothing better to do. I picked up the book whilst on holiday and didn't put it down until the week was over. I thoroughly enjoyed the book and I hang by head in shame at truly 'judging a book by it's cover'.
The Hunger Games is described as being 'teen fiction' and so I found it quite an easy read in terms of language choices and sentence structure but the concept I found quite adult. Some may find the concept of teenagers fighting to the death to be the most disturbing part of this book for I personally found the Capitol's control of the twelve Districts more concerning. In a modern society of reality TV, self made celebrities and advances in psychology, weaponry and other such disciplines, just how far away are we from our own version of The Hunger Games? That is the scary part for me. The book has a strong storyline, that has been well thought out and well executed.
Having said that though I found the Capitol, District 12 and Panem in general to be far enough away from reality to be enjoyable. They were well drawn and the systems, rules and connections between the Districts and the Capitol were well explained as opposed to the film, where I felt things got a little confusing for those not already familiar with the world of Panem. The characters throughout the novel were easy to relate to and their motivations were easy to understand, even the more viscious and brutal characters had threads of humanity running through them.
The main characters of Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark are much more likeable throughout the book than they are the film. The contrast between the hardened, restrained Katniss and the loveable, doe- eyed Peeta makes for great chemistry between lead characters. The more minor characters are also well explained and no one fades into the background. The interactions between characters build excitement and tension in equal measure. I felt like I was part of District 12, I felt the excitement, the terror and the sadness.
The physical surroundings are described precisely and without excess description. I know the layout of the Arena, I know the woods just outside of District 12's border and I know the coal dusted streets of District 12, the hustle and bustle of the illegal trading scene and the sweet smell of the Bakers shop. I believe that such a place exists, this book is so well written.
I found the novel slower in pace to start with but I found that necessary as it led to a greater understanding of the dystopian world that the characters inhabit. Once inside the Arena the novel became fast paced and exciting, I connected with characters, I felt the tension in the air and I whipped through the pages. I didn't just want to know what happened next- I needed to know- a significant indicator of a good book!
Overall the Hunger Games is a fantastic 'teen' exploration of a dystopian world. I use the term 'teen' as I found it tame in comparison to my favourite books such Clockwork Orange, 1984 etc. but it is a very enjoyable book in it's own right. Suzanne Collins has done a fantastic job in creating a believable world inhabited by believable characters and I can't wait to continue reading, in fact I'm off to read the second book right now.....
Summary: May the odds be ever in your favour *said with eerie smile*
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