The Hunger Games is the story of Katniss, a teen who lives in District 12 in a dystopian world. Each year the Capitol selects two tributes, a male and a female between the ages of 12 and 18, from each district to fight to the death in the Hunger Games, a televised event that serves to remind citizens how little control they have over their fates. When Katniss’ little sister is chosen, Katniss takes her place and her fight for survival begins.
There are many great reviews of this novel, so I guess I’ll focus on what I personally loved about it:
- Sisterhood: I’m the oldest sibling in my family, and I have a younger sister. I can relate to Katniss’ love and protectiveness of her younger sister Prim.
- The Nice Guy: I thought Peeta broke the mold for the lead male in a YA novel. Lately, many YA novels feature dangerous, tormented guys that tempt the protagonists to ignore their common sense. By contrast, Peeta’s kindness and selflessness are so attractive.
- This romantic line: “Remember, we’re madly in love, so it’s all right to kiss me anytime you feel like it.” (pg. 263)
I’ve just started the sequel, Catching Fire.