Opinion / Editorial
The Hunger Games: Dig it or Diss it?
September 24, 2012Douglass High School
New York Times Best Seller “The Hunger Games” written by Suzanne Collins, is a book series that has set book lists and readers on fire. The series has easily and fully emblazed my mind and heart with a story revolving around the heroin and girl on fire, Katniss Everdeen.
The setting is in a distant and ruined future. The Capitol, a place of the rich and extravaganat but also the corrupt and cold-hearted, rules twelve districts. Each of the districts provides resources to the Capitol; as the people of the districts dwindles in will and life under violent hands and lacking necessities. Katniss Everdeen lives within the last district, described by her as “District Twelve, where you can starve to death in safety.” She’s soon whisked away from her already horrendous life and forced into a more barbaric and twisted situation; the Hunger Games. The Hunger Games being a life-threatening arena where two children of each district are sent to fight one another to a bloody death, until only one is standing. Katniss is facing twenty-three other tributes, each of which are human with a hunger to survive. Will she have enough wit and want to make it? What trials and tribulations will she face? Can she escape the Hunger Games?
The Hunger Games is an immensely captivating novel, a rare series of the century that has action and interest contained in every page. The story revolves around something new, not werewolves or vampires, but a humanity trying to break its bindings and defeat its struggles. At the end of every chapter, there will always be a mind-blowing event that sends you wheeling into excitement and shock. Which is quite impressive, especially being that with certain books it’s hard to keep the excitement going and yet keep the story intact, but Suzanne Collins pulled it off. Reading it myself, I enjoyed that I could feel and understand the emotions displayed by the characters, but I also understood the situations they were placed in. Though that played a small role in the enjoyment I received from the characters themselves, my favorite character in the novel was Katniss Everdeen. She’s a respectable, courageous, and fierce female character that expresses herself through both words and actions. The world that the author has created through vivid imagery and words is truly addictive and remarkable.
My last insights on the book are of course the words spoken throughout the novel, “May the odds be ever in your favor!” Of course I’m not referring to your odds in the Hunger Games, but rather the odds of getting a hold of this book series as soon as possible!