The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
April 22, 2010 8 Comments
(Dutch title: De hongerspelen)
A fantastic Young Adult book! I read it in a few days but if I had had the time, I would have finished it in one go.
The story takes place in a North America of the future. The area is divided in 12 sections and Katniss, our main character, lives in District 12, definitely the worst of them all. Most people there are miners and are very poor. Katniss supplies her family (mother and younger sister) with extra food by hunting in the woods with her friend Gale. Going to the woods is not allowed but everyone is happy with the extra meat she brings home (and sells at the black market).
Then it’s time for the draw: one girl and one boy from each district is randomly chosen to go to the Hunger Games, a competition where there can be only one winner: the person that is alive at the end of the Games.
When her sister’s name is called, Katniss quickly takes her place and she and a boy from District 12 are taken to the Capitol to prepare for the games.
She assumes she has no chance at all to win, but that changes quite soon during preparation. What follows is a two-week fight in a big arena (the size of at least a few days’ walk) in which Katniss has to make choices between killing her opponents and forming alliances with them.
Very easy to read, very fun to read. I thought the story was thought out well and there were interesting solutions for the problems that Katniss encountered.I’m looking forward to reading the next installment: Catching Fire.
I enjoy dystopia stories in general and this was no exception. Dystopia is the opposite of utopia: in dystopia the world has changed for the worst. Somehow, I find that fascinating!