First, I know that you are probably thinking, “Oh! ANOTHER blog about The Hunger Games.”  I understand that the majority of you reading this post have either probably read the book before or have watched the movie, but I am going to re-emphasize what previous blog posts have probably said and give a summary as well as highlight key aspects of the book.

The book is set in a dystopian society called Panem, where there is an annual event called the Hunger Games. The twelve districts of Panem send one male and one female “tribute” to participate in the event, a total of twenty-four tributes. The Hunger Games consists of a fight to the death in a mass arena where it is difficult to survive. One has to rely on instinct and hunting to keep himself alive. One also has to deal with starvation, his competitors, the enemy’s weapons, the weather elements, and anything else the Gamemakers (the creators and leaders of the Hunger Games) can think of sending into the arena. The Games were caused a rebellion in the Capitol, seventy-four years before this book takes place. In District 12, commonly known as the poorest district of Panem, is the district where the main character, Katniss Everdeen resides in. Filled with coals miners, Katniss is often seen sneaking out of the borderlines of the dull, impoverished district with her cousin Gale. As Katniss volunteered to take the place of her sister, Prim, in the 74th Annual Hunger Games, she is paired up with Peeta Mellark, a person of her childhood past. Together, they set on an unforgettable journey that will put them in many life-or-death situations; ultimately, revealing their love for each other.

In the seventy-four years the Games have been running, there have only been two victors from District 12, one is deceased, the other, Haymitch Abernathy, is still living and will be the mentor of Katniss and Peeta. At first, the mentor and competitors do not seem to get along very well with each other. A “star-crossed” love suspicion between the two District 12 competititors and the constant alcoholic intoxication of Haymitch cause the emotional unrest. However, Katniss and Peeta will set aside their differences and work hard to fight for victory in the 74th Annual Hunger Games.

Suzanne Collins takes us on a journey that we will not soon forget. Drama, action, and mystery fill up this novel with fascinating stories of rescue and love. Collins also gives the reader a variety of plot twists and cliffhangers at the end of each chapter that will keep the reader from putting down the book. Overall, I believe that Collins gives us readers an excellent depiction of dystopian societies; not just in The Hunger Games, but also in the next two books in the trilogy: Catching Fire and Mockingjay.

Please feel free to express your opinions about my blog post and the book in the comments section down below.

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Comment by Anastasia Sotos on March 19, 2013 at 8:00pm

I appreciate your honesty at the beginning of the blog.  I have read all of the Hunger Games books.  To be honest, I didn't think I would enjoy them.  I felt like it was overdramatized, and it didn't seem like my style of book.  All of the summaries I had heard from other people were "it's a science fiction book".  Even though that is part of it, there are many other elements that contribute to the book.  I found myself entranced by the world Suzanne Collins had created, and I really enjoyed all three of the novels. Great blog, Tim!

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