I read the Hunger Games trilogy not too long ago, and wish I had read the books sooner. I don’t always get around to reading books when they’re first published though.
The Hunger Games is set in the nation of Panem, a country made up of 12 districts which is run by the Capital, the oppressive, totalitarian government. The post-apocalyptic theme caught my attention right away. I liked the way the author didn’t give a lot of details of the actual events that resulted in Panem’s situation; she leaves a lot to the reader’s imagination.
The Hunger Games are established as a punishment for rebellion against the Capital, in which a 13th district was destroyed. One girl and one boy ages 12 to 18 are chosen by lottery from each District. The “tributes” as they are called are forced to fight until there is only one survivor in an outdoor arena controlled by the Capital (based on Roman gladiator games).
Katniss Everdeen, the main character and narrator, volunteers for the Games in place of her younger sister Primrose. The boy from Katniss’ district is Peeta Mellark. Together they are coached through the Games by Haymitch Abernathy, a past winner and now mentor. His advice is sound, but the fact that he drinks complicates things.
Katniss is an engaging character based on the Greek myth of Theseus, and although she has her faults, she is likeable. She attempts to hide her vulnerability by being stand-offish and she is stubborn, but she is also resourceful, brave and a survivor. The rest of the characters are interesting and fit into the story nicely. Along with Katniss, they are all flawed but have their good points.
This is a book I’ll read more than once.