The Hunger Games is a book (and movie) that I know most of you are familiar with. I broke the unspoken rule in the book world by watching the movie before I read the book! I never really intended on reading the book, because I generally stay clear from over popular books for the fear of not liking it and feeling like I’m missing something. However, when I saw the movie I decided I’m going to have to pick up the books and read it – a similar experience I had with the Twilight Saga.
The Hunger Games is a dystopian fiction novel that’s marketed for the YA audience, but I think it’s a book that everyone can enjoy. I normally give a short overview (without any spoilers) before I tell you my thoughts, but somehow I feel like I’m probably just going to repeat what you already know. What used to be North America is now called Panem and those who rule Panem resides in the Capitol. There used to be 13 districts, but district 13 was destroyed after the districts rebelled against the Capitol. After this event, the other 12 districts were sort of enslaved to the Capitol and to prevent this incident from happening again (and teaching them a lesson) they created The Hunger Games. The latter is a TV show where a boy and a girl from each district must participate in, as tributes. It’s almost like Survivor, only difference is they have to kill each other and the one remaining is the winner. Katniss Everdeen is the tribute for District 12 who volunteered in the place of her sister. The rest of the story you all know by either reading the book or seeing the movie.
This is a story about survival and sacrifice and I did enjoy it. It’s probably one of the better YA novels I’ve read and I cannot wait to read Catching Fire (I’ve seen that movie too!) Of course I don’t agree with The Hunger Games, even though I enjoyed the book. Forcing teenagers (the tributes are all between the ages of 13 – 18) to kill each other for entertainment? Is it not murder, or is it not seen as such? I get dystopian society is different, but that’s just the thought that crossed my mind. There’s also other elements in the story – love, politics and violence.
Did you enjoy The Hunger Games? I plan on reading quite a few of these dystopian fiction novels this year.