The Hunger Games

Collins, S. (2008). The Hunger Games. New York, NY: Scholastic Press.

Ages: 12+

Summary: A place called Panem hosts the Hunger Games every year. Two teenagers from each of the twelve districts in Panem are chosen as tributes to fight to the death, with the one survivor winning the Hunger Games. Katniss Everdeen volunteers to take the place of her younger sister Prim. The odds are against Katniss, as she is from one of the poorest districts in Panem. But that doesn’t matter – Katniss has to win for her family to survive.

Relation: This popular book trilogy was made into four successful movies (the third book being split into two films). The movies manage to stay true to the books.

Appeal: The Hunger Games is appealing to both boys and girls, and teens and adults. The major themes throughout the book (surveillance, propaganda, survival) appeal to the masses, which may be part of the reason that this book became so popular.

Limitation: This shouldn’t really be worth mentioning as a limitation, but this book has been heavily challenged, especially since the movie was announced a few years ago. Some people think the book should be banned due to the offensive language, violent scenes, and satanic/occult scenes.

Rating: *****

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