Scholastic Press, 2010. 978-0439023528
Reviewed by: Emily S.
Synopsis: The nation of Panem, a supposed post-apocalyptic North America, has a wealthy region known as “The Capitol” surrounded by 12 other poorer regions known as districts. Earlier in Panem history there was a rebellion against the Capitol lead by the now extinct 13th district. The rebellion brought on the televised event known as “The Hunger Games”. As punishment, each district must offer up one boy and one girl, between the ages of 12-18 through a lottery type system to participate in the games, called the ‘Reaping’. During the Reaping, Katniss’s younger sister Primrose is chosen as a tribute. Katniss refuses to let her sister participate in the games so she volunteers herself to take her sister’s place.
Why I wanted to read it: I wanted to read the book for two reasons: the movie was coming out soon; seeing the trailer made me interested.
Why I finished it: I finished the book because I became attached to the characters. The book is in first-person, so you don’t get to know much about the other characters other than Katniss, but I really liked her. She is strong and she really cares about her family and her sister. She wants to protect her family so much and she is so family-oriented that she volunteers herself to take her sister’s place in the games. Plus, I could never put the book down. I really liked the story and the writing was really good and it made me want to read more to find out what happens.
Other related materials: The Hunger Games (movie); Catching Fire (The Second Book of The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins; Mockingjay (The Third Book of The Hunger Games) by Suzanne Collins; The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau; Independent Study (Book 2 of The Testing Series) by Joelle Charbonneau; The Underland Chronicles by Suzanne Collins; The Divergent trilogy by Veronica Roth; The Books of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau; Shadow Children books by Margaret Peterson Haddix; The Giver by Lois Lowry; Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card; Tunnels series by Roderick Gordon and Brian Williams; Maze Runner books by James Dashner