I was surprised that a book about the gladiatory style of murdering adolescents wasn’t that violent of a story at all. Which was good. I don’t want to read about how Tiny Tim got his throat slit with heavy detail. The Hunger Games is a cleverly written novel that the movie has captured perfectly. Suzanne Collins takes an interesting approach about the government ruling over its people in a new and sinister way.
After a massive uprising against the government, the rebellion was crushed miserably. As penance for the revolution, the government has created the Hunger Games, which is a fight to the death of chosen children from the remaining Districts.
2 children are taken from each District and thrown into the games every year. This is to remind the people of the world “Don’t @#$% with the government”.
The story follows the point of view of Katniss Everdeen, a girl who volunteers to be put into the Hunger Games after her younger sister is picked. She puts on a brave face throughout her times before the game, but the first person view lets you know what exactly is going through her mind. The movie cannot portray those feelings.
The only problem I had with the book, but still makes sense as I write this in the grant scheme of the story, is that one child survives at the end of the Games. I thought it would make sense to have the “pair” of chosen children get to survive the games. But that could just be the makers of the Games creating an even more sinister games.
Imagine killing your neighbor, or your neighbors child? Makes the Games take on a worse look to them.
This was a great novel which sets a solid tone for the rest of the series. Hope you check it out as well. 4/5