An Australian writer who reads far too many books in his spare time.
Published April 8th 2012
With all the interest in The Hunger Games film, I feel the book needs some love and admiration as well. The Hunger Games, the first book in the Hunger Games series, is a young adult fiction novel written by Suzanne Collins. Collins was inspired to write The Hunger Games after flipping between news stories on war and reality TV shows.
The books were first published on September 14th in 2008 and have captured the imagination of numerous readers since. It was republished in novel and audio book form, with an initial print of 200,000 copies.
The plot of the book is fairly basic, evil dictatorship controls outlying natures and farms them for resources while using 'The Hunger games,' an event in which they get two children of each district to kill one another in an arena, to keep the populace happy and the masses demoralised.
Almost all of the characters in the story were solid and entertaining. Katniss is a living and breathing person who draws you into her world of District 12 and allows you to get a strong grasp on her reasoning behind her hatred and distrust of the Capital. Everything she does, from the way she acts to her abilities are well thought out and explained, making her a well rounded individual.
However the actions and thoughts by Peeta, "the boy with the bread, are subtle at times. His connection with Katniss can feel a little strained at times, but that can easily be put down to being in a stressful situation.
Overall the book is worth the read - it is filled with interesting characters, like Rue from District 11, and ideals on the nature of politics and human survival as well as reality TV shows and what they may become.
If you can get a copy do so, this book is definitely worth the read.