The Hunger Games became published by an American author Suzanne Collins whose name speaks for herself. She started her career as a television writer and wrote many children’s television shows. This book is a sequel to one of her best series, The Hunger Games Trilogy. This is an amazing science fiction presented by the author. The series comprises three books The Hunger Games, Catching Fire, and Mockingjay. Later they made a movie covering this story co-produced by Suzanne herself. This series is one of her notable works and won The New York Times Best-Selling Series award.
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Author: Suzanne Collins
Genre: young adult fiction, drama, action fiction, science fiction
Good read ratings: 4.3 of 5
My Ratings: 8.1 of 10
Published: September 14, 2008
Published by: Scholastic Press
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This book covers a heart-wrenching adventure of a 16-year-old girl Katniss Everdeen. She lives in a nation called Panem somewhere in North America. This is the story of a future world. There is a tradition of a deadly game where boys and girls of ages 12 to 18 took part in all twelve districts. They selected players who called Tributes in a lottery to fight with each other until it leaves only one of them alive. This is for a televised game of death. Katniss enrolled in this game in place of her 12-year-old sister. Peeta Mellark is the male protagonist and tribute from the same district. Peeta was a high school classmate of Katniss and a kind person who helped Katniss and her family once before. The day of the game was coming closer and closer and they both were getting their mentoring sessions by a drunken master-Haymitch Abernathy.
As the day grew closer, they invited the tributes for an interview on the television where Peeta confessed his feelings for Katniss, which left her in complete shock. They introduced them as Starr, crossed lovers by the media. It created much hype and more sponsors. Katniss didn’t believe his feelings at first, but with the time she started believing him. Finally, the game begins, and others killed heartlessly most of the players. Katniss played her game safely with her quick hunting and survival skills. She took shelter in the wild but later discovered by the “Careers” tribute and found that Peeta allied with them.
They almost killed her but stopped by Peeta. Katniss then allied with Rue, another girl tribute, but later they brutally murdered her. Katniss gives a small funeral to her comrade and took her revenge. Game makers then changed a rule where tributes from the same district can play together as partners. Peeta returns to Katniss and they both played together, hunting other tributes and fighting for weapons and food. Peeta in all this got extremely hurt and Katniss endangered her life to get medicine for Peeta. However, Peeta got healed.
Katniss and Peeta became the only two left when another rule change and announced by the game makers that they have to kill the other. Peeta and Katniss felt troubled by the new rule. They ended their lives together, so they prepared poisonous berries called Nightlock. After knowing that they both will commit suicide and in this way there will be no victor left, game makers declared both of them the winners.
The story ends with both of them being welcomed wholeheartedly by the people as victor couple. Meanwhile, Haymitch warned Katniss that she risked her life by going against the game and now they will come after her. It ends leaving Peeta heartbroken because Katniss wasn’t sure of her feelings for him. The story is followed by Collins’s next book Catching fire.
I rate this novel 8.1 out of 10 because the story is an amazing mixture of thriller and suspense written by the author. This book is a ride of adventure, drama, action, and fantasy binding readers to it. Would l re-read the novel? Yes. Am I glad I read it? Yes.
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