The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
In the region currently known as North America, the last known cradle of human civilisation holds it’s last stand. Presumably as a result of a global war, the last remnant of the human race now reside in North America, or Panem. Panem is made up of thirteen Districts and the Capitol. Each District being responsible for the production of a product, which is then used in the Capitol to fuel their lavish lifestyles or to ensure the Districts’ will to rebel is subdued.
Both these criteria and the Rising of the Districts resulted in the creation of the Hunger Games. As punishment for the Rising, each year since the Capitol’s victory, every District has been required to provide one male and one female tribute, under the age of eighteen, to participate in their games. The winner of which would earn gain, oil and prosperity for their home District. To do so the winning tribute would have to be the last tribute left alive…
Katniss Everdeen’s world nearly ends when her younger sister Prim, is called upon to represent District 12. So Katniss does the only thing that would let her sleep at night, she takes Prim’s place. To have any chance of ever seeing her sister again Katniss will have to be the last tribute standing in the Arena. Which means Katniss would have to stand by, while one of her own, a boy from her own district is murdered. To make matters worse the boy has grown up with Katniss and attended school with her. And what’s more, Katniss knows him by name.
But Katniss’ family needs her, ever since her father’s death in the coal mine, both her sister, Prim, and her mother rely on the game she illegally hunts in the Capitol’s forest. As hard as life is now, even with Katniss’ help, they never have to worry about a shortage of food, without which they’d be hard pressed to survive more than a week. Which means Katniss has to come back from the Games, if she wants her family to survive. No matter who or what she faces in the arena, she must survive. If she fails then her sacrificing herself for Prim was all for nothing.
Unfortunately to make matters even worse, Katniss is getting confusing feelings about how she views the boy from District 12 but, will she let them get the better of her, dooming her family or will she put the survival of her family and her own life first?
AGE RATING: 13+
TEEN RATING: 5/5
TEEN OVERVIEW: Incredibly detailed and well rounded, it’s effect on the world and it’s resulting legacy, a monument to it’s brilliance.