Book review: The Hunger Games

December 31, 2011

Title: The Hunger Games
Author: Suzanne Collins
Pages: 374

The Hunger Games is a novel set in a post-apocalypse America wherein most of the country is uninhabited and the population is restricted to several districts which are ruled by a place called the Capitol. The districts (numbered from 1 to 12) are terrible places to live in – poverty and starvation are common. People live like serfs and are exploited by the Capitol, wherein people live in luxury.

At some point the districts rise up in revolt against the Capitol and are cruelly suppressed. The Capitol decides to teach the people in the districts a lesson by randomly picking a boy and girl from each district and making them participate in a televised fight to the death – this event is called the Hunger Games.

The book explains that the purpose of the games is to intimidate the districts by showing them that they are so helpless that they can’t even protect their own children. I’m not sure I buy that, wouldn’t taking children as young as 12 years and making them fight to death anger the population and encourage insurrection? I think that a parent’s reaction would be blinding rage as opposed to timidity.

It is well plotted and creatively imagined but there is nothing extraordinary or exceptional about the book. It doesn’t steer too far from the path of the many other fight-to-the-death books/movies. The story closes cleverly with an unresolved romantic situation but it wasn’t enough to make me want to read the rest of the series.

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