Monday, March 24, 2014

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

“Winning means fame and fortune.
Losing means certain death.
The Hunger Games have begun…”

The Hunger Games is a science fiction novel and this is a first book in series “The Hunger Games” by Suzanne Collins. The book writing for kids ages thirteen up. Power, viability, competition, strength, skill, and love are all factors make the reader cannot take their eyes out of the book.

The story start at the North America lays the nation of Panem, the place in the control of Capitol. Capitol is the place where rich people lives, works and the government there is able to control the people of districts across Panem. As punishment for the district mutiny in the past, every year, they organization an event that twelve districts have to choose one boy and one girl between twelve and eighteen years old to join the death TV show called The Hunger Games. “The rules of the Hunger Games are simple. Over a period of several weeks, the competitors must fight to the death. The last tribute standing wins.”(18).

Katniss, a sixteen years old girl lives with her mother and her younger sister in Panem, or call the district twelve. On the day of reaping, Katniss volunteers to take her younger sister place to join the game and the boy tribute is Peeta Mellark, a baker’s son. On the train take Katniss and Peeta to Capitol, they meet Haymitch Abernathy, who is the first person in district twelve won the game and he is an advisor for them, teach them how to live and protect themselves in the arena. Go with them also have Cinna their stylist and Effie Trinket, read name in the reaping day.

A good place in luxury, good clothes, never lack of food,…that are all things they have before enter the game. Have the premier audience profession, high grades in the training season, and the romantic confession from Peeta to Katniss. But finally, pass all things flashy and gaudy; they have to step into the arena of life and death.

In the first day, eleven tributes die by the group of professional tributes. Katniss choose to take off alone, hiding and hunting in a tall tree to exit pursuit from other tributes. Then, she meets a little girl tribute names Rue, from district elven, who remind her sister, Prim. But their friendship are not long, Rue was kill by another tribute when they make a plan to destroy all thing in the Cornucopia.

After the death of Rue, the rule is change that two tributes from the same district can return home together. Katniss decides to find Peeta and nurses his wounds when he fights with Cato. In joy believe that they won the game, but at that time, the rule is change one more time, that only one person can be a winner!

What would they do? The game will continue between Katniss and Peeta or have another resolution? What will they do after the emotional film in the arena? Do you think they will return home together?

The book makes readers restless by the sanctified writing of the author. Emotion of suspense, indignation, sometime funny, adventurous, a little bit thrilling, and love, these are all thing make the book entice readers. Make the reader palpitate through each page, happy or relieved. Recapitulate, the book can control the feeling of reader, this is a good book, and I think Suzanne Collins is great to do that. “A violent, jarring, speed-rap of a novel that generates nearly constant suspense… I couldn’t stop reading.” – STEPHEN KING, Entertainment Weekly.

Collins, Suzanne. "The Hunger Games." New York: scholastic, 2008

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