Book Review: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

“You don’t forget the face of the person who was your last hope.”

― Suzanne Collins, The Hunger Games

The dystopian Panem, where The Hunger Games is situated, is a nation in North America with a rich Capitol and 13 districts that range in poverty. Children from the first 12 districts are chosen by lottery each year to take part in The Hunger Games, a televised combat royale death match that is required viewing.

Although they staged a rebellion against the Capitol and forced them to submit, the 13th district was also vulnerable to this. The Capitol rapidly submitted and consented to a peace treaty since District 13 specialized in nuclear armament. Both of them predicted that District 13's inhabitants would all go underground and that the area above would be blasted to give the impression that the Capitol had prevailed.

Inspiration behind the novel...

Collins claims that she found both classical and modern sources to be inspirational for the series. The Greek tale of Theseus and the Minotaur, in which Athens is forced to sacrifice seven youths and seven maidens to the Minotaur as retribution for earlier sins, serves as her primary classical source of inspiration. The Minotaur subsequently devours them in a huge labyrinth. Collins claims that she was horrified by the concept even as a little child because it was just so terrible to make Athens sacrifice its own children.

Synopsis from Goodreads...

In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives alone with her mother and younger sister, regards it as a death sentence when she steps forward to take her sister's place in the Games. But Katniss has been close to dead before—and survival, for her, is second nature. Without really meaning to, she becomes a contender. But if she is to win, she will have to start making choices that weight survival against humanity and life against love.

My reaction to this novel...

I already read this novel and intended to write a book review on it. Initially, I wasn't a fan of dystopian themes since they're tough for me to relate to, but the plot was wonderful. Even as a novel, The Hunger Games had me on the edge of my seat. The author achieves an outstanding blend of agonizing suspense, terrible sorrow, and even faint romance. However, although the first person perspective added intrigue and authenticity, it also had significant limits. It's a unique experience. I couldn't stop reading it. I became emotionally invested in the characters and the plot.

The characters in the books are developed in such great depth that you end up caring deeply about them. You'll fall in love with them all because of their individual eccentricities and peculiarities. In a sad and spooky tale that veers toward science fiction and an ominous warning of what the future may look like, the characters, background, emotions, and narrative are all expertly woven together. It is beyond great to add a love story with the mix of power, struggles, and revolution. 

To keep you from being quite enraged by the events in the novel, there is just the proper amount of humor interspersed with the harsher portions of the story line, but not quite enough to be even somewhat overdone. Additionally, the characters and settings are so vividly described that the entire scenario is simple to picture in your head. You can't get out of this book once you start reading it.

The games' strategic elements were also fun for me. Everything from the time the winner's name is picked until the time the victor goes home is meticulously choreographed for the amusement of the residents in the Capitol and for the participants to secure affluent benefactors. When Peeta, one of her competitors and the boy from District 12, says something on national television just before the start of the games, Katniss learns how tough it is to distinguish between what is genuine and what is a plan. I won't say much more since it leads to one of my favorite plotlines in the novel.

"The Hunger Games" is one of those rare books that touches people's hearts, and it's a brilliantly written narrative with a fantastic protagonist. 

My Overall Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

“For there to be betrayal, there would have to have been trust first.”

An important component of every relationship is trust. This phrase is accurate since it is impossible to accuse someone of betraying you if you have no faith in them. No one can betray another person if there is no trust between them.

“You don’t forget the face of the person who was your last hope.”

This really exists. We use it in everyday life as well. It felt as if you owed someone, and you'll never forget how they made you feel or how they helped you when you truly needed it. Everybody experiences it. You won't ever forget someone, especially if they became your beacon of hope and gave you the will to keep going when you were about to give up. 

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