Book Review: The Hunger Games

Esther Tandberg, Reporter

Everyone has different ways to entertain themselves. For some it could be watching television, writing stories, or hanging out with friends. But the most interesting entertainment for quite a few people, me in particular, is reading. While reading, people feel like they can escape from their normal lives. Reading a book is an amazing way to lose yourself in a new place; it takes you to a place away from your own world.

A book that I personally enjoy is “The Hunger Games” by Suzanne Collins. This book is full of adventure, companionship, love and family relations. The main character, Katniss, faces many challenges within the story which begins with Katniss taking her little sister’s place in a life threatening situation, also called the Hunger Games, and ending with the choice of either killing the boy of whom she loved, or allowing herself to die. This situation is called the hunger games.

The hunger games is a game, where 24 contestants from 12 different districts come to the “capital” to fight until there is only one person left. Each district is ordered to send one female and one male. The games are put on as entertainment for the people at the capital. The choice of the contestants is random, and the people chosen may be replaced if someone else volunteers to take their place. The age of the contestants range from 12 to 18.

Katniss is joined by a boy from her childhood, Peeta, who helped her survive when she was once starving. She felt indebted to him, and felt horrible that during the games she may have to eliminate him.  When brought to the capital they were shown off as “lovers” to all of the people to try and gain sponsors. Sponsors were capital-born people who pay for medicine, food and or anything else the contestants needed if they were in dire need. Playing around with love seemed to woo many of the capital’s citizens to Katniss’ and Peeta’s side. While Peeta only seemed to be going along with faking to be in love with Katniss, it is proven later on that he truly did love her… but is there really a place for love in a fight to death?

*** Altogether this book is awesome and just about anyone who loves adventure, forbidden love and life threatening situations, will fall in love with this story. It feels like you know the characters and the writer is very prominent in her descriptions.