The Hunger Games

By Alexandria Ceballos

   The Hunger Games is the first book in the trilogy by New York Times bestselling author Suzanne Collins. Set in the ruins that were once North America, there is the shining capitol of Panem that is surrounded by twelve districts. By keeping them under their control, they force each of the districts to send one boy and one girl through the ages of twelve and eighteen to compete in the Hunger Games, a fight to the death that is viewed on live T.V.

   When sixteen year old Katniss Everdeen volunteers to take her sister’s place in the games, she is in for a cruel sentence. But survival is her only chance for her to make it out alive. And that winning means everything as she tries to survive this vile competition.

   The Hunger Games is a page turner. After reading the first four chapters, it kept me wanting to read more. Here we are introduced to a society where the rich is at the top and the poor is at the bottom. Where the people of the capitol were’s the most bizarre designer clothes, colored wigs, make-up, and in most cases in high society, wild parties and fancy food. While in the case of the twelve districts, the people are starving and in poverty while they are responsible for making and brining in goods for the capitol.

   This is a novel that is set in a future where there is unrest that is similar to our present, and a society that has a Capitol that rules over the twelve districts that are at its will. I many have not read the whole book, but I’ve learned a lot and can feel what Katniss is feeling as she goes through the challenge of her life.

   Be sure to read Catching Fire and Mockingjay, the second and third book in the trilogy. In the last four years, these books are so popular that a movie based on the first book is set to be released on March 23.