The Hunger Games is a book by the American author Suzanne Collins. Published in 2008 it has sold a million copies. It was the first book to sell a million electronic books available in 26 different languages. It has been made into a very successful movie series too. According to records, it made 152.5 million dollars in it’s first week in N. America.
Set up in a futuristic frame, after the destruction of North America the story is set in the country called Panem. In it, there are 12 poor districts governed by the rich Capitol. There was the 13th district in the past but it was destroyed by the Capitol because of it becoming rebellious. The Capitol organizes the Hunger Games every year as part of it’s punishment plan designed for the districts. According to it a boy and a girl aged 12 to 18 have to fight in a battle out of which only one person will survive. The chosen teenagers are called ‘Tributes.’ And the whole country must watch the games on television.
The story revolves around Katniss Everdeen, a 16-year-old. After the death of her father in a mining accident, she takes care of her family on her own. Her younger sister Prim is chosen to be a tribute but Katniss volunteers to go instead. The other ‘tribute’ from District 12 is a boy named Peeta who owes a favour to Katniss. She knows that her survival will mean his death. Katniss is whisked away from her family and Gale, her best friend and hunting partner, to the Capitol where she prepares to participate in the Games. She and Peeta are to be mentored by Haymitch the only tribute that District 12 has had who was a winner of the Games. But then Katniss realizes that his mentorship is inadequate to rely on and that she must do so on her own strengths.
The main protagonist of the book Katniss Everdeen has been shown to be a very bold, fearless, and good girl who loves her family very much. The plot has been interwoven very beautifully adding in the flavors of drama, action, love, and more which keeps the reader captivated enough to read till the end. The book is engrossing and keeps one hooked to read till the last line to get a complete fun feel of it. The idea of the story is very unique and gives out a message that one must not be afraid of any situation in life and try to meet it with bravery because at the edge of fear lies the sweetest sensation of success. The book transforms us into a different world and makes every one of us get in the shoes of Katniss and look at the world through her perspective. It comes with a message that it is just a matter of choice and belief in self that can change the whole game of life-giving us the edge of victory, making us know our worth and that of life. Both are unique and awesome needing just a bit of wise intervention from us. The book is really worth a read and good use of time if you want to feel the power in yourself and try to use it to kill your demons bringing the astray life back on track.
About the author Suzanne Collins
Suzanne Collins is the award-winning author of the Under land Chronicles and Hunger Games is a wonderful trilogy written by her. Collins was named one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in 2010, an honour based on the popularity of the first two books in her trilogy. The trilogy has been compared to other fantasy novels for youngsters like The Twilight Series and Harry Potter series. Collin’s experience as a television writer helps her to create stories that are appealing to teens. Suzanne Collins also wrote the screenplay for the movie adaptations of the Hunger Games.
The Hunger Games will surely appeal to teens upto 13 and above. This 384-page book has violence and strong emotions so young teens may find it a bit cranky to read initially but slowly they will come to terms with it. The overall writing is excellent and the plot propels the reader through the book at a rapid rate. The book has been chosen to be a rapid reader in secondary and higher secondary schools. The book is rich in discussion points not only about governments, personal freedom, and self-sacrifice along with finding the meaning of oneself and not submitting totally to society’s expectations. It’s a good choice to gain motivation from and try to make meaning of our lives, every moment of it with courage and spirit.