The Hunger Games
By Suzanne Collins
Reviewed by Katie Bernardez
In Suzanne Collin’s The Hunger Games, the first book in the Hunger Games trilogy, we learn the story of the heroin, Katniss Everdeen, and the country Panem. The book is set in the future, after the apocalypse. It is in a world ruled by an all-powerful government and there is poverty everywhere. Katniss’s determination to survive really shines through in this book. This is one of my favorite books because of its intriguing plot and how it makes me feel like I am actually witnessing each event as it unfolds.
Panem is a country where North America once stood. There is a central city called the Capital and twelve districts surrounding it. The government is located in the Capital and holds complete power. We first meet Katniss Everdeen in District 12 where she lives. It is a poor district located in the region Appalachia and most of the people there must mine coal. Forests surround the district and that is where Katniss makes her living.
Katniss is a sixteen year old girl who is a natural survivor, very lethal, and good at thinking outside the box. She is a highly skilled archer, hunter, trapper, and can distinguish many different plants. Also, she can sing very well and is a good tree climber. Since her father died when she was eleven, Katniss has been illegally hunting with her best friend Gale to provide for her mother and younger sister Primrose. Katniss protects those she loves no matter what the cost like when she volunteers to take Prim’s place in the Hunger Games. One thing Katniss is known for it the gold pin of a mockingjay she wears into the arena. Soon, it becomes a part of who she is and what she represents.
Imagine having to put your name in a bowl, multiple times, and hope it does not get chosen. If it does, you must fight twenty-three other people to death. This is just what the children of Panem must go through each year. As punishment for a previous rebellion against the Capital, a...