Series: The Hunger Games Trilogy
Author: Suzanne Collins
Genre: Young Adult, Dystopia, Fantasy, Adventure
No. of Pages: 374
Storyline: The nation of Panem, formed from a post-apocalyptic North America, is a country that consists of a wealthy Capitol region surrounded by 12 poorer districts. Early in its history, a rebellion led by a 13th district against the Capitol resulted in its destruction and the creation of an annual televised event known as the Hunger Games. In punishment, and as a reminder of the power and grace of the Capitol, each district must yield one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 through a lottery system to participate in the games. The ‘tributes’ are chosen during the annual Reaping and are forced to fight to the death, leaving only one survivor to claim victory. (This is the story of Panem as written on Goodreads)
Sixteen years old Katniss takes place of her younger sister as a volunteer for the games. Other boy from District 12 is Peeta Mellark. They both participate in the 74th Hunger Games, which is a reality show for Panem. In the game, they will be left out in a forest where they won’t get water, shelter or food. They will have to compete with other tributes of 11 Districts.
One thing about Hunger Games is that losing means death. So if one has to live, one has to win the games and kill others. And there can be only one winner. Will Katniss be the winner? Will Peeta win? Will they be able to kill others? Or each other? Will they survive the games?
Thoughts: I had heard a lot about this series and book nerds on Instagram couldn’t stop praising it. So I had to read it. I had watched the movie already though. But reading THE BOOK is necessary for book nerds like me. So I ordered it and started reading. And I couldn’t put it down.
I am actually amazed by the author’s idea. Taking the base of a reality show and combining it with an adventurous and thrilling idea of a game, a game of life and death. If you have to live, then win the games. If you want to win the games, then you have to kill others, even your friends. Can you become this cruel person?
Welcome to The Hunger Games. Stay Alive. Rely on hope because ‘Hope is the only thing stronger than fear’. Brilliant. No wonder that this trilogy is a bestseller.
Regarding Katniss and Peeta’s relationship, if you have watched the movie and have not read the book, then it’s obvious that you never quite understood their relationship. Movie fails to show their relationship like the book. Katniss and Peeta’s relationship started with confusions and trust issues which is natural as they are not friends but competitors. During the games, we see them bonding with each other. Katniss is a kind of girl who keeps her emotions bottled up inside. She doesn’t like to be vulnerable. You will love her character as she is strong and courageous. Katniss starts falling for Peeta unconsciously. She cares about him. She wants him to stay alive. She is ready to die if he is to be killed by her. But moving towards the end in the novel, their relationship comes back to its starting point- back to its confusions where they have to fake feelings for each other for the sake of the audience.
Who should read it? Anyone can read this book as this genre and this story can be enjoyed by everyone. You don’t have to be an intellectual to understand the story. It’s simple and adventurous.
See the 5 Best Quotes from this novel in the ‘Quotastic Tuesday’ bookish meme, here