The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins, is about a teenage girl named Katniss Everdeen who lives in a dystopian society in which a select few live in the lap of luxery and excess while the rest of the country lives in varrying degrees of subserviance and squaler. When the annual hunger games comes around and her little sister Prim is chosen as the female tribute Katniss voluntiers to take her place. The hunger games are put on by the rulling class every year to keep the districts citizens in their place; it is a game of survival and only one tribute can claim victory. It is an exciting story of survival and rebellion.
Collins, Suzanne (2008). The Hunger Games. New York, NY: Scholastic Inc.
The Hunger Games is a great read that is exciting and full of action. I loved every second of it. It covers issues that are becoming more and more relevant in today’s society such as classism and a corrupted government. I find myself thinking “how will Katniss get out of this situation” constantly. I love how clever she is shown to be as well as how she is a strong female protagonist with an attitude.
“Suzanne Collins brilliantly plotted and perfectly placed new novel, ‘The Hunger Games,’ is set much further in the future but grapples with many of the same questions. Collins, the author of ‘The Underland Chronicles,’ a well-regarded fantasy series, has now writen a futuristic novel every bit and allegorically rich as Scott Westerfield’s ‘Uglies’ books.” – John Green, Scary New World. The New York Times. (A review of The Hunger Games and The Dead and the Gone).
This book can be paired with its movie to do a compare and contrast between the two. It can also be used as part of a unit in which a class explores dystopian societies as well as current issues facing our socity today and how they are portrayed in the book.