The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins

“You don’t forget the face of the person who was your last hope.”

Despite the Hunger Games being a major film and book series now, when my Grandad got me the first book for Christmas, I actually had no idea about the series. In fact I was a tiny bit worried as sometimes my Grandaddy can get me slightly random presents. However, after assurances from my sister that it was a fantastic book, I got it out and read. And read. I could not put it down. The writing is, as you may have heard, not the best but it’s not bad and Collins enthralls you. She makes you need to know what happens. And she doesn’t spend too long on description, which in my opinion is good! Collins leaves the ending pretty open which ensures people come back for the second and third books.

The main character, Katniss, is sassy and she don’t take no s**t. She lives for her family’s survival so when she finds out she must take part in these Hunger Games, she is strong and puts on a brave face. However, Collins’ writing shows Katniss’ weakness that is her love for her family.

The ‘love story’ of this book (or love triangle) is what sets it apart from any typical fighting fiction book. It is believable and Katniss’ ability to manipulate the watching millions and Peeta into believing the love story is magical whilst also terribly hurtful. We want to believe that Katniss loves Peeta and Collins allows us to make this choice ourselves. I choose to believe that Katniss does not love Peeta in this book, but others have different ideas.

In more serious terms, Collins depicts a story of what our future (50, 100, 500 years away) could look like, in which reality television takes a nasty turn in taking over the world. She shows how our never-satisfied appetite for hyped up situations, celebrities, life, death and what’s more love, could end our existence as a civilised nation.

What do you think? (Also, I’m yet to see the film- does it change?)

Did Katniss love Peeta? Does it matter?

“It’s the first gift that’s always the hardest to pay back.”

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2 thoughts on “The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins

  1. Wait until you read the sequels. I think you hit the nail right on the head,when you say that the love triangle sets this book apart. The Katniss and Peeta relationship is so compelling, in part because the feelings aren’t all apparent.

    • Thanks for the comment! Yeah, I have read the sequels but didn’t want to give much away in the review. The way the relationship pans out in the three books is ‘kind of’ expected but yeah, you’re right, because the feelings aren’t always what we think, the reltionship becomes almost the main focus of the book.

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