A few months back I started reading the Hunger Games after having heard and read a lot of good things about it. I had not been able to read much for a while previous to this because of exams, but summer had finally started so I thought I would check it out. Most of the reason why I ended up reading it was because I knew the movie was being made, and I try to read books before I see the movie adaptations as often as possible. It’s getting hard to do that now that such a large percentage of the movies produced are based off of novels. I am really glad I got around to reading this though, because no matter how good the movie turns out, the books are amazing.
The first book, The Hunger Games, is set in a dystopian world in what used to be North America but is now called Panem. Panem consists of 12 districts, each responsible for manufacturing one area of products, and they are restricted from communicating with each other. They are all controlled by the Capitol, the city where President Snow resides. The Capitol is filled with rich and privileged citizens who live with an abundance of food, clothes, jewellery and everything else materialistic.
The book tells the story of the hunger games. The games were created by the Capitol as a safety precaution against rebellion after former district 13 rebelled and as a result was destroyed. In order to maintain their oppression, the Capitol implemented a game where every year a boy and a girl between the ages of 12 and 18 from each district are sent into an arena to fight to the death. The games are broadcast to the whole of Panem, and the winner’s district is awarded with better supplies for the following year as well as an unlimited amount of money for the winners themselves.
The story follows Katniss Everdeen as she goes into the games along with her fellow district 12 tribute, Peeta Mellark, to fight to be the last one standing. I won’t say more about the plot of the book, but I will say that it’s one of the best I have read. The two following it are just as good, if not better. Suzanne Collins writes so well, and you can feel the fear and hopelessness that Katniss experiences while in the game. Collins is excellent at describing war inspired fight scenes, and she captures the feeling of the oppressed world they live in perfectly.
The movie will be out in March, starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth in the leads, with actors such as Woody Harrelson, Stanley Tucci, Elizabeth Banks and Donald Sutherland. I recommend that you read the books before March, but if you don’t like reading, at least go see the movie. It’s looking like it’s going to be great.