Today we have a book review on Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games.I loved this book! The characters are well formed, the plot is twisty and unpredictable, and the twists…wow! Hunger Games follows 16 year-old Katniss Everdeen, a poor, skinny girl from District 12, the worst district out of all twelve, as she competes in the Hunger Games.
The Hunger Games, a cruel game that the Capitol, a dictating city, created to remind the Districts what would happen if the districts fought. So, one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 are chosen to be tributes. Each person between 12 and 18 gets atleast one entry a year–but they accumulate–but if they need, they may risk extra entries for tesserae grain, a cheap grain that would keep the poor full. So, each year at the reaping, the two children are chosen.
To battle it out….to the death. That’s right. The 24 children, two from each district, battle it out to the death in a large arena, however long it takes for everyone but one person to die. Even if they die of natural causes-starvation, freezing to death, dehydration, etc. On top of that, there’s muttations-super-powered animals that are mixed breeds-on the loose. Plus the other 23 tributes after you. So, you die pretty easy. Oh, plus the supplies at the beginning, a large golden Cornucopia holds bows, swords, knifes, armor, and more.
So, Katniss doesn’t get choosen at the reaping, but her younger sister, Primrose, does. Katniss volunteers and she is the new female tribute. The boy, Peeta, is a boy who has had a secret crush on Katniss since they were five, revealed later in the games, is a boy Katniss feels she has a debt to pay back. He threw bread at her, risking a beating from his “witch of a mother”, because she was starving.
Anyways, the Games finally begin. Eleven tributes die the first day. Neither of them is Peeta or Katniss. Within the next few days, Katniss finds a nest of tracker jackets, dangerous little wasps that can kill with a few stings, which she throws down on the ground and kills two people. She forms an alliance with Rue, a little girl from District 11, who sadly dies a few days later, and then a new rule is announced-there can be two winners if both people from a district survived. A special rule created for the “star-crossed lovers of District 12,” Peeta and Katniss.
Katniss finds Peeta a few days later, covered in mud for camo. He is severly injured, a deep cut in his leg, several burns and smaller cuts, and a terrible fever. Soon, Peeta developes a blood infection, which Katniss is able to fix because the leader of the Gamemakers announces a feast at the Cornucopia, with a twist-each of the remaining districts gets a pack with their number on it with something they desperately need. Katniss retrieves the pack, watches one girl get killed, and then they are down to five tributes- Thresh from district 11, Cato from district 2, “Foxface” from district 5, and Peeta and Katniss. Cato kills Thresh and then they are down to four. Foxface is killed by posionous berries that Peeta had picked, which is basically the final round.
Katniss and Peeta walk down to the pond to find no water-a trick by the Gamemakers to draw them together-and run down to the lake right next to the Cornucopia. Cato is there-with visitors. Muttations for sure, these wolves look almost human-they’re the old tributes. Cato is pushed down by Katniss, and he is eaten, but not fully, and Katniss shoots him in the head.
Another twist-the rules have been changed again, only one winner can be announced now. Katniss and Peeta both eat a poisonous berry, not swallowing, when the Gamemakers change their minds again. They announce that Katniss and Peeta are winners, and they spit out the berries. They head back to a life full of interviews, crowds and important dinners. And then the book ends.
So now that I’ve told you the whole book in ten minutes, hope you read it for deets
~Morgie, a puffin~