Review: The Hunger Games

The Hunger Games
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I decide to read the trilogy after watching its film adaptation. In spite of the common perception that film adaptation is better than the book or vice versa, for me, this book is as amazing as its film adaptation. The story is written in detail and flowing manner that I can actually feel like watching the film instead of reading it.

Like other post-apocalyptic and dystopian fictions, The Hunger Games portrays a totalitarian nation named Panem living in a country consist of the wealthy Capitol and 13 poor districts. Long before the story takes place, District 13 rebelled against the Capitol, resulting in the destruction of the said district and the annual barbaric televised event called the Hunger Games. A boy and a girl of 12 to 18 years old from District 1 to 12 will be chosen randomly, called Reaping, to fight to their death until only one tribute manages to last and claim the victory, fame and wealth afterwards.

Katnis Everdeen, a 16 years old girl from District 12 is safe from a terrible fate in this year’s reaping. However, her beloved sister is not. Katnis does what a big sister should do, volunteering in place of her sister. Together with a boy named Peeta Mellark, she goes to the Capitol to survive, even if it means she should kill other tributes in the game.
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