There will always be books that you love so much that no matter how many times you read them, the magic never goes away. And for me, those books are The Hunger Games.Article written by Gemma C
What they’re all about
For those of you who have managed to escape hearing anything about this phenomenon of books, and now major motion-pictures, don’t worry – I won’t reveal too much to spoil the surprise!
The story is set years into the future in a city called Panem which is made up of twelve districts. In Panem, an annual ‘Hunger Games’ takes place where two children, male and female, are selected from each district as ‘tributes’ to enter an arena and fight to the death. These ‘Games’ are filmed and controlled by officials in the Capitol and broadcast to the nation as entertainment.
Intrigued? Why wouldn’t you be? Here are my reasons why Suzanne Collins’s The Hunger Games should be on your Christmas list this year.
1. The Characters
Every single character in this trilogy, both good and bad, is truly captivating. From Peeta’s loving heart, to Katniss’s strength and even President Snow’s cruelty; every character has something different about them and something new to love (or hate). My absolute-favourite character is Peeta. He is so funny and so kind, so strong and still so clever. Yes, I am a bit in love with him. And yes, I know he’s not real.
2. The Games!
They really are one of the most exciting things I have ever read about. Not only is the action and the drama within the arena heart-pounding and exhilarating, but the actual idea of the Games are as well. I mean, think about it. Children, picked at random, to fight to the death. You’d think it would be too awful to even think about! But amazingly Collins manages to put across this new world to us in an almost – dare I say it – inviting way. It’s brutal, but exciting.
3. The Inventions
What I think is brilliant about books that contain future worlds is what inventions the author will have come up with to fit into that world. The Hunger Games is no exception to this and each one is more fascinating than the next. There are amazing healing medicines, and an interesting take on what could be considered beautiful in the future, as well as new species and new breeds – mockingjays, tracker-jackers and mutations. I won’t reveal too much about these – you’ll have to read the books to see why they were bred in the first place!
4. The Trilogy
Just when you think it might be over, there’s more still to come! The story is so strong that it is able to span across three books quite easily, and so exciting that by the end of each book, you’re already reaching for the next. But what I loved the most was that while I wanted to read more, each book was contained so that I was still satisfied with the end of each one.
The only down side…
The last book is, I will admit, a bit of a heart-breaker. It was like reading the last Harry Potter novel all over again. I won’t say much more, but make sure you’re stocked with tissues.
So there you have it, what’s not to like? If you haven’t read it, read it. If you have read it, read it again. You might find something you missed or you might get to fall in love with it all over again.
Let us know what you think about The Games below.
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