Friday, 2 May 2014

Friday Book Review: Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Hi guys,

Today's book review is the Hunger Games. I am sure a lot of you have seen the film, but the books are so much better. There are three books in total which are getting made into four films. The last book is split into two.

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Set in a dark vision of the near future, a terrifying reality TV show is taking place. Twelve boys and twelve girls are forced to appear in a live event called The Hunger Games. There is only one rule: kill or be killed. When sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen steps forward to take her younger sister's place in the games, she sees it as a death sentence. But Katniss has been close to death before. For her, survival is second nature.

Book one introduces us to a future reality where Katniss Everdeen is fighting for her family's survival along with her friend Gayle. They hunt down food and avoid being caught sneaking out of their district's line. There were originally thirteen districts, but number thirteen was destroyed when the people rebelled against the capitol. As a punishment, they created The Hunger Games. It is a once a year event where the young people of each district (aged between 12 and 18) are prepared for a reaping. Their names are put into a pot and then a girl and boy are selected at random to compete. Katniss and Peeta of District 12 are entered into the Hunger Games after Katniss volunteers for her younger sister who is chosen. We then follow them as they make their way into the capitol before finally taking part in the Games. I am not going to spoil it for anyone, especially if they haven't seen the movie, but all I can say is, they are excellent.
Book two and Book three are great too, with Book three being my personal best. If you can't wait for films three and four, then just read the books. Simples. 
What I will say, is that I normally cannot watch things like this due to the worrying nature, that any of this could happen. I heard that Suzanne Collins intention of these books were to highlight the terror of the Iraq war and the bad nature of reality TV. If this is true, then this was achieved because it definitely chilled me to the bone.
See you soon,

Rachael xox

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