The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

by missizziemcguinness


‘May the odds be forever in your favour’

The Hunger Games is a dystopian novel and the first book of Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games trilogy. It has since been made into a successful film trilogy starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutchinson and Liam Hemsworth.

The Hunger games is about a 16 year old girl called Katniss Everdeen who volunteers to fight to the death instead of her younger sister Prim. The problem is, near death situations are a second nature to her and it is part of a live television show called The Hunger Games.

I wasn’t really a fan of the books or the films back in 2012 when the first movie came out. I haven’t watched the film in ages but Jennifer Lawrence is a brilliant actress who has won several Oscars and tends to avoid the cliches of lead female protagonists in trilogies or sagas. I prefer the dystopian genre because of its originality. Anyway, I love how strong Katniss is, both as a person and as a character who probably began in Collins’ mind. She’s so kick ass, a strong female character and very original, can take extreme risks and to think that it was all for a TV show. All the trauma, dead people and life death situations just for people’s viewing and pleasure. I can’t exactly compare The Hunger games with any of our TV programmes but people like watching others suffer.

I like how Suzanne Collins builds some strong characters, not pretty boys and moany girls, but that is besides the point. All the characters take risks, kick ass, kill or be killed. It is also hard to realize that Katniss is the same age as I am and I would never be able to do anything that she does, but that is the best part of reading books. Also, Collins tends to describe food for a vast majority of the novel, and if it’s not food, then she usually goes on about Katniss caring for her little sister Prim or Gale and Peeta.

Overall, a brilliant first volume to a successful book trilogy, interesting characters and some heartful moments where all you want to do is go up to an injured Katniss and give her a hug (although she might stab you with one of her arrows and it would be recorded on live television).