I was on my computer in my school section and found this review I did when I was 15 (!) of The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins before it got released as a movie. As you all know now that The Hunger Games was a massive success and has already earned millions in the box office so the last paragraph of mine is most definitely true. Anyway I thought I'd upload this as I watched the film for a third time today as they have it on Netflix (Jennifer Lawrence is the ultimate babe) and I thought you'd might like to give it a read.
The Hunger Games written by Suzanne Collins is the first of a trilogy for young adults, set in a post apocalyptic world in a country called Panem. It is ran by "The Capitol” an all powerful metropolitan area ruling the surrounding area of Panem which is divided into 12 districts (the 13th already destroyed in a previous revolt, ceasing to exist).
As punishment for rebellion each district must put forward a girl and a boy ‘tribute’ between the ages of twelve and eighteen to represent their district in the annual Hunger Games, a televised event which is compulsory to watch, where the 24 tributes must fight to the death in a dangerous arena controlled by the Capitol and watched by the nation. They must avoid any hidden surprises until there is only one tribute who will return to their home district rich and triumphant.
The protagonist and heroine is 16 year old Katniss Everdeen, a resident of District 12, who lives in a poor coal mining area called the Seam who volunteers to take her sister’s place when her name is pulled from the lottery. Along with Peeta Mellark, the baker’s son and fellow tribute whom with Katniss plays the roll of ‘star crossed lovers’ to gain support from the audience who can supply them with gifts while in the arena, she must try to survive the 74th Hunger Games.
The Hunger Games is often criticised as a copy of the Japanese novel Battle Royale by Koushun Takami as both are set in futuristic worlds, featuring an oppressive government where it is required for children to take part in a last man survival game following similar plot lines, though Collins also features the themes of government control, Big Brother, the effects of war as well as power and downfall. A gripping science-fiction action drama novel which is primed to be full of action and romance with Katniss having mixed feelings for Peeta and her long term friend and hunting partner Gale, trapping them all in a love triangle, it is sure to keep you on the edge of your seats.
Collins has already sold more than 23 million copies of the Hunger games and it is soon to be released as a film, already breaking records for most advanced ticket sales and being acclaimed by critics, readers and young adult writers calling it ”the next Harry Potter and Twilight”, one things for sure it’s going to be a definite success, so be sure to book your tickets!
My dad on the hunger games (the movie)
—"I went in and one boy got his head cut off. It's a bit like Battle Royale but not Japanese."