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Book Summary- The Hunger Games

Updated on February 9, 2016

The Hunger Games is a story about survival against all odds. Not the least of the odds against the characters sis hunger and outright starvation, their constant companions. The characters in this book experience poverty and adversity. The extent of their oppression by those who rule over them culminates in sick games called The Hunger Games. These games are designed to further oppress and humiliate them.

The author of The Hunger Games is Suzanne Collins. The book was a New York Times Bestseller. Collins lives in Connecticut. She has written another series as well as The Hunger Games. Her books have gotten many starred reviews and are very highly received. Movies were created based upon the book series and the movies were also an enormous success.

The story is set in Panem which his a society were the people are oppressed and living in twelve districts. Each district has to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in The Hunger Games. The Hunger Games are a widely broadcasted fight where only one person can be the victor and everyone else will be dead at the end. It is a very unfair situation that the residents of the districts cannot do anything about. Naturally, the citizens of Panem do not want to submit their children to the awful games but are forced to submit.

The protagonist of the story is Katniss Everdeen. She volunteers to take her little sister Primrose's place when Primrose is unlucky enough to be chosen for The Hunger Games. Katniss is a survivor type and does have strength that can help her in the games. But she also has certain weaknesses that can hold her back.

This is an extremely unforgettable story. It moves so fast and is fully suspenseful. It is impossible not to be on Katniss's side as she takes on nearly impossible odds. Her desperate struggle for survival is riveting. Also what makes Katniss endearing is her feeling of love and family loyalty to her sister that causes her to get into the games in Primrose's place. This is a marvelous tale and it moves very quickly.

The story is full of surprises and twists and turns. It is difficult to put the book down for any reason. Luckily, this is only the first book in the trilogy. There are two more power-packed, riveting books that follow.


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