The Hunger Games
The Hunger Games, a fictional novel by Suzanne Collins written through the eyes of sixteen year old Katniss Everdeen. During this futuristic society, the government collapsed and the country of Panem rose up in its place. Rebellions from Districts towards their Capitol brought upon a war that destroyed the 13th District. Therefore, the Capitol holds the Hunger Games every year as a reminder of their defeat. A boy and a girl from each district chosen at random from a drawing must compete in a rather elaborate arena and fight to the death. Sounds frightening, huh?
Obviously, in such a clichéd manner, the main character would compete, right? Of course! Katniss is a strong, protective, defiant rebel whom has been taking care of her family since her father died when she was eleven. When time for the reaping, or the drawing, for the Hunger Games, Katniss’ younger sister, Prim is chosen for District 12. Katniss couldn’t bear to watch her baby sister die in such a horrific way, especially since Prim wouldn’t know how to fight for herself; so Katniss volunteers as tribute.
The boy chosen from District 12 like Katniss is Peeta, son of a baker. Once when Katniss wasn’t able to feed her family, Peeta burned some bread and threw it out to her. Now Katniss feels as if she deeply owes Peeta something in return. Peeta’s not such an outdoors man, so he isn’t the best competitor for the Hunger Games. During the interviews Peeta confesses his undying love for Katniss, what a coincidence?
The theme of poverty throughout this book is rather sad that a so-called-country would make its people enter such a horrific event just to keep the wealthy entertained and keep a reminder as to how the Capitol is still in control. Katniss notes how poor District 12 is, and a lot of other Districts, too. In exchange for extra rations of food and oil, called tesserae, those children eligible for the Hunger Games can enter their names into the reaping additional times. Most children of poor families have to take tesserae to survive, so the children of poor families have more entries in the reaping than children of wealthy families who don’t need tesserae. Katniss’ name would be in the reaping 20 times. That’s unfair to the poor kids, that the rich only have their names in a few times, and even if they do get chosen they probably know how to fight due to training and such prepared by their rich parents.
Once it gets down to the fighting time, Katniss is feeling a bit more prepared since they force their advisor, Haymitch, who was the only one to win the Hunger Games from District 12. I find it kind of ironic that he’s the only one to ever win the Hunger Games from District 12 and he refuses to help the kids going onto the battlefield. Why would he want them to die? He should try to help them win no matter how traumatic the experience is for either of them!
During the Games, the Rules change because of the “Star-Crossed Lovers”, and it is able for two winners from the same District. During this time, Katniss had just made allies with a young girl around her sister Prims age, Rue, who gets murdered in the games. As soon as Katniss hears the news about the rule changing she goes looking for Peeta.
Peeta was camouflaged into the mud; he was badly injured after giving Katniss a chance to run away from his “allies” weren’t looking. The ally, Cato, beat up Peeta and until he runaways and hides. I find it hard to believe the Peeta just hid from everyone and waited for Katniss even though he didn’t know about the rule change until later. How did he know Katniss would come looking for him? It’s very conventional for there to be such a rule change.
When Peeta is ill, Haymitch sends soup and something to make Peeta sleep while Katniss can go to the middle of the arena with everyone else, because at this point in the game, there’s something there that everyone desperately needs. Peeta doesn’t want Katniss to go, that’s why he must take the sleeping medicine. Katniss knows Peeta needs medicine for his injuries, or he won’t make it; so she’s very determined to get the supplies she needs. I find it very convenient for Katniss to get the supplies she needed oh so quickly. Like the medicine, how was she to know it was sleep medicine meant for her to sneak away? Pretty convenient and unrealistic, but it sure did keep the suspense coming!
Overall, I loved the book. Katniss was my favorite character, I loved everything about her! Her defiance against everything wrong her Capitol does, she the ultimate hero heroin. I haven’t gotten to read the entire trilogy, but if it’s as suspenseful and addictive as the first, I shall surely love it!
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