Thursday, March 01, 2012

The Hunger Games Trilogy: The Hunger Games


First of the trilogy by Suzanne Collins, The Hunger Games had definitely gained popularity first through their making into a film, which is due to release soon this year. After the viewing of the official movie trailer and several positive comments on it, many turned to seek more about the storyline through the book. This book had definitely attracted my attention. The book sees a girl, Katniss Everdeen, living in District 12 of Panem. Under the reign of Capitol, the life in these districts were not as lively as it should have been. Every year, there will be the Hunger Games. It was a game to remind the rest district of the failed rebel of District 13, the Dark Days, reminding them the cost to pay if any of them would consider a rebel. In this game, one girl and one boy between the age of twelve and eighteen will be reaped from the whole population of kids of that age range in each district, and they will be sent to the Capitol to participate in the Hunger Games. Now, you might thought, if the price to pay was just playing a few tricks in a game, which you might start to think of Olympics Games or the Commonwealth Games, then you are terribly away of the question. In this Hunger Games, life and death is a real deal. There will only be one survivor out of the twenty four tributes, the victor. So, when the reaping day came, Katniss, who had her name entered for more than normal times to get some food for her family, hoped she won’t be chosen as the tribute. And Effie Trinket reaped to find Prim Everdeen, Katniss’s younger sister’s name was on it. Out of her love for her sister, Katniss volunteered and went on to the journey of Hunger Games, with her fellow tribute from District 12, Peeta Mellark, who loved this girls since young without Katniss knowing it. Twist and turn, friendship, romance and betrayal… Somehow, Katniss and Peeta managed to survived and out of the blue, became the only games with two victor. But of course, this will only lead to more trouble. That’s why we had two more books following up! END. There won’t be too much details here to avoid spoilers, sorry!

In a whole, this book was good. Especially during the starting, the emotions came in. When then story went on, the emotions were mixed with thoughts about the world, the fabulous imagination that set off to see the story unfolds. It is definitely a story worth thinking about. Although, due to the story was delivered from Katniss’s first hand perspective, the other characters or events, might not be portrayed as detailed or properly addressed. But it was the first hand view that made the reader feel how Katniss feels. sees what she sees, understanding human nature from her character. If you find yourself too lazy to finish all three books, at least - start this one!

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