The Hunger Games Creates Flaming Path

The Hunger Games

Author: Suzanne Collins

Publisher: Scholastic Press

Age range: 12+

Do me a favor and before you navigate to another website, read the following sentence:

The Hunger Games is NOT another Twilight.

OK, let me back up. The Hunger Games is set in the future Panem in what used to be North America. The harsh and cruel Capitol is surrounded by the 12 districts. Because of an uprising, the Hunger Games was born. Each district is forced to send in a tribute, one boy and one girl, to compete in the annual Hunger Games – a fight to the death. The last person standing is the victor. To make it not only torturous but also humiliating, the citizens must treat it as a festive as well.

When 16-year-old Katniss Everdeen steps up to volunteer when her sister is chosen, Katniss figures she’ll never see District 12 again. But as the Hunger Games go on, she realizes she has a chance of returning home as victor. And like the Hunger Games cover synopsis states: “But if she is to win, she will have to start making choices that weigh survival against humanity and life against love.”

Just by the synopsis, the Hunger Games makes it clear that it is a bloody and intense principle. There are some scary parallels between their futuristic world and ours at the moment. It is dark, and I don’t recommend it for those below 12.

Perhaps it is the way Suzanne Collins presents everything in a straightforward manner, or that the characters are so tangible and real in a far, far away realm. Maybe it’s the comparison of the Capitol and District 12, or the fact that readers simply love the action, heroism, and romance. Whatever it is, the fan base has stretched out to include both Harry Potter and Twilight fans, along with critics, who prefer Katniss over Bella from Twilight.

Going back to my statement about Hunger Games vs. Twilight, yes, there is romance, but it is a secondary plot line. Heroism comes first. Katniss is a tough tomboyish girl who won’t go down without a fight, whereas Bella… I won’t compare them here. A love triangle forms between Katniss, her life-long friend Gale, and fellow tribute Peeta Mellark. Her romance with Peeta becomes essential to their survival in the arena, and she soon becomes a figure of rebellion, starting a spark that will never be quenched.

I, personally, love the Hunger Games, and I’d recommend it for any teen. The humor, suspense, philosophy, adventure and romance certainly pave a flaming path towards a Harry Potter-like success.

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About Cassandra Hsiao

Cassandra Hsiao is a senior at OCSA (Orange County School of the Arts). Her work has been nationally recognized by the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards and National Student Poets Program. She has been chosen as finalists of playwriting competitions held by California Young Playwrights, The Blank Theatre, Writopia Labs, and Princeton University. Her poetry, essays and reviews have appeared in TeenReads, Jet Fuel Review, Feminine Inquiry, Aerie International and more. She also conducts print and on-camera interviews as a Star Reporter and Film Critic for multiple online outlets. She won a National Gracie Award in Student Online Video Host Category by The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation .

Posted on November 22, 2011, in Books Review, Star Rapture Blog and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Great review! I plan on reading this soon. :D

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