By Ana Koulouris
Looking for a punch-in-the-gut page-turner that will keep someone reading until 1 am?
The Hunger Games is it.
Don’t be fooled by the “young adult” label; this is not a children’s story by any means.
Written by Suzanne Collins, The Hunger Games opens on the life of 16-year-old Katniss Everdeen, a girl struggling for survival in a world where starvation, illness and fear of the Capitol is a part of daily life. Though Katniss and her fellow residents of District 12—named as such because there are in fact 12 districts in their nation—constantly face oppression and other hardships at the hands of their government, they manage to get by.
That is, until the annual Hunger Games begin. Designed to remind the nation’s citizens of the Capitol’s power over them, the Games bring nothing but trouble to the Districts. Each year, one boy and one girl from each is chosen and pitted against each other in an elaborate battle to the death.
This year, Katniss’ little sister was selected.
In a desperate attempt to save her, Katniss volunteers to take her place in the Games. What follows is a fight for life that will change Katniss and the Hunger forever.
With a heaping helping of action and suspense, the right amount humor and violence, and a gripping underdog story, this is one novel that will have readers rooting for the main characters as though they were watching the Games in person.
Though the author leaves some details to the imagination, she has created a world and characters so realistic that it’ll give people chills.
This is a must-read for fans of fiction, adventure, or good writing in general. Pick up The Hunger Games for something to read between classes, on the train ride home, or as a well-earned break from homework.
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars