Boom! Boom! Boom! A cannon fires. And then another. And then another! More tributes dead. This is all good for Katniss Everdeen, who is competing for victory in the 74th Hunger Games held in the country of Panem.
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins is a story of 16-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives in the post-apocalyptic country of Panem. In Panem there are 12 districts, and Katniss lives in District 12. This district is known for coal-mining, and is universally recognized as very poor. The people are starving, and when Katniss’ father dies in a mining accident, her mother sinks into deep depression, and Katniss must learn to hunt in order to keep her family alive. Winning the games will mean riches beyond compare for her and her family, and glory for her unpopular district. Will she make it back to her family alive? Will the odds be in her favor? Travel with Katniss on her action-packed journey through the Hunger Games as she struggles to survive.
Some of the universal themes that are portrayed in this book are love, family, courage, oppression, and tyranny. But, because some of these things are very mature, I would recommend this book to kids ages 12 and up.
My favorite parts in this book are whenever Cinna, Katniss’ stylist describes different costumes that Katniss wears to her interviews, training, and other public appearances. And, of course, my favorite character is Katniss.
In addition to to this book, there are two others in the series: Catching Fire and Mockingjay. If you do end up reading the first book, be sure to check out the next two! Also, there are movies for all of them, and Mockingjay Part Two is coming out in November 2015. I hope that these books keep you on the edge of your seat like they did for me!