Plot: There are twelve districts total, and then there is the Capital. The Capital controls all of the districts. Each district specializes in one particular thing, the closer you get to the Capital the higher class that district is. Katniss Everdeen lives in District 12, the coal mining district. Katniss lives with her younger sister Primrose (Prim) and her mom. After their father died, Katniss took on the job of taking care of her family. She hunts in the off limits woods behind her district with her friend Gale. Every year there is a Hunger Games that takes place in some elaborate arena that the Capital creates. The Hunger Game consists of two tributes from each district, one girl and one boy, between the ages of 12 and 18, who have to compete to the death in the arena. Only one tribute wins, the last one alive This year Prim is 12 and when her name gets draw to be the girl tribute Katniss steps in and volunteers to take her place. Now Katniss must face 23 other tributes in a life or death game, controlled by the Capital.
Review: This book will suck you in from page one. Sixteen year old Katniss Everdeen has just become a tribute for the Hunger Games. Now she must face off against 23 other tributes in a controlled arena in a life or death game. Collins takes takes the old dystopian and creates a captivating book for young readers. Her script will draw you in with is fast-paced and haunting prose. Set in the first person view of Katniss, this book takes you on a wild ride through the horrors that Katniss must face in the impending Hunger Games. This book is a great first dystopian novel for young readers that will leave them wanting more. Collins’ work can be compared to the struggles that all adolescents face on a daily bases at school. Just think about it.
Genre: Science Fiction/Dystopian
Reading Level/Interest Level: YA/11+
Similar Materials: The Giver by Lois Lowery, The Maze Runner by James Dashner,
Reader’s Advisory: This book is one of the leading young adult dystopian novels on the shelves these days. Children who read Hunger Games want to read other dystopian novels, and you can see the increase in the number of dystopian novels that have become popular after Hunger Games has been published. I would recommend this book to any young reader, it truly a great book. If you read the first one you will have to read the next two: Catching Fire and Mockingjay.