It was hard for me to believe the hype surrounding The Hunger Games. The first time I even heard about was when my aunt, who is pushing seventy, was raving about and telling me what a captivating story it was. Not soon after I heard there was to be a movie. Then, after reading a short synopsis online, I decided I had to read the book.
The story is a simple one. Every year each district, twelve in all, must participate in The Hunger Games, a ceremonial reminder of the uprising waged by the twelve districts against the capital and the humiliating defeat they suffered as a result. To keep the masses in check, the Capitol every year puts on these games where one boy and one girl are selected from each district to partake in the games. Only the winner, the last one alive, will get to go home.
When a young girl from District 12, named Primrose is selected for the games, her sister, Katniss, volunteers in her place. Being a formidable hunter and skilled with the bow and arrow, she has a much better chance at survival then Primrose, whose younger and not much of a survivalist. Even though these skills may give Katniss an edge, her chances of survival or slim as her district is the poorest of them all and has not seen a victor in many years.
Travelling to the Capital to take part in the games for the boys is Peeta, a bakers son, a boy Katniss knows but has rarely spoken too.
Once in the Capital, Katniss and Peeta are well fed an entertained in a way that they have never known, just another reminder from the Capital what life is like for the winners, even though most will only be alive to enjoy it for shot time, reminder them what’s in store for the losers.
And then the games begin, only, as the two contestants from District 12 will learn, there is a rule twist this year: two winners may be declared in the games IF they are both from the same district and the last two standing. A rule, no doubt, put in place for entertainment value and not because of any feelings of sympathy the Capital might have for the contestants. This works to Katniss and Peeta‘s advantage as they have passed themselves off to the viewers at home as two lovers thrown into a game where they fight to the death and, at best, only one will survival.
As I have already said, the hype surrounding this book is real. It has been a long time that I have found a book so enjoyable or easy to read, two qualities that, for me, only happen when a book is well written and entertaining, a bill that fits The Hunger Games perfectly.
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