Rating: **** Suggested Age: 12
Summary: “Winning will make you famous. Losing means certain death. The nation of Panem, formed from a post-apocalyptic North America, is a country that consists of a wealthy Capitol region surrounded by 12 poorer districts. Early in its history, a rebellion led by a 13th district against the Capitol resulted in its destruction and the creation of an annual televised event known as the Hunger Games. In punishment, and as a reminder of the power and grace of the Capitol, each district must yield one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 through a lottery system to participate in the games. The ‘tributes’ are chosen during the annual Reaping and are forced to fight to the death, leaving only one survivor to claim victory. When 16-year-old Katniss’s young sister, Prim, is selected as District 12’s female representative, Katniss volunteers to take her place. She and her male counterpart Peeta, are pitted against bigger, stronger representatives, some of whom have trained for this their whole lives. , she sees it as a death sentence. But Katniss has been close to death before. For her, survival is second nature.” (Summary found on Goodreads).
Finally after rereading The Hunger Games, I have decided I like it much, much better this time. Maybe I was too young the first time (only eleven). I didn’t like the idea of kids killing kids at all. While I still don’t like it now and find the whole idea utterly repulsing, I have grown to enjoy the story and realize it as what it is–a work of fiction. I can see the reality of the book, though, when I think about how the media affects the characters. The Hunger Games became a broadcasted entertainment television show. That both startles and shocks me, but when I think about our lives that revolve around the TV or our devices, I realize how realistic at least the media is in this book. I don’t believe games of fighting to the death will be anything like our world’s future (and I definitely hope not), but I do believe the media aspect could happen. That’s the frightening part about dystopian future books–unless there’s no magic, they can actually happen. Though, there are many more frightening parts about The Hunger Games. There is high violence and it’s inflicted by kids to kids. There are some sad parts when contestants in the games are murdered. There is a reason the suggested age is twelve and it’s from personal experience. I was too young when I first read it. Though, with that said, I liked it a lot this time. You may even wonder why I gave it only four stars. I would have given it five, but it was written horribly. I found myself mentally editing the sentences often. That was a bit annoying. Many people liked it, though, and I recommend it for anyone who is a fan of dystopian books.