If you have not been living under a rock, you must have
heard people talk about Suzanne Collins’ The
s by now. It is the story about a sixteen year old girl, Katniss
Everdeen, who volunteers as a tribute to replace her sister in a competition
where the tributes fight to the death. Collins creates a futuristic dystopian
world, where most people have had to go back to hunting to survive, because of destruction
from preceding wars and their totalitarian government.
The setting reminded me of 1984, while the storyline reminded me of Lord of the Flies. Nonetheless, even though The Hunger Games might not have the most original idea, there is
something really goodhearted about it.
I was first introduced to The Hunger Games as a children’s book and was a bit reluctant to
read it. However, once I started reading it I could not put it down. The
characters are extremely lovable and the storyline twists and turns keeping the
reader on the edge of his or her seat. It is easy to read and at the same time
the story is extremely well written.
I have heard people compare The Hunger Games to Twilight
and I disagree having read both books. For those of you who are tired listening
to girls obsessing over vampires, you are in luck: no one drinks blood in The Hunger Games. There is a love
triangle in The Hunger Games but love
is definitely not a primary theme in the book. The Hunger Games is about power and violence, family, love and
loyalty and taking risks and standing up for what you believe in.
Overall, The Hunger
Games is definitely a worthwhile read. With one movie out and what sounds
like three more movies to go I am assuming people will not stop talking about
it. So, you might as well be a part of the obsession.