Hunger Games Review of First Book

In this review, I discuss the plot and my opinions on the first book of the Hunger Games trilogy.

Dihaan Khan!

6/8/20233 min read

The Hunger Games is a trilogy that has won the hearts of multifarious teenagers and adults alike. Based around the dysfunctional life of a 16 year old teenager, Katniss Everdeen, it spins us around a maladjusted post- North America riddled with poverty and starvation. Now called Panem, there are 12 districts ringing a Capitol in which citizens have everything the people in the districts don’t have.

Katniss is a toughened, 16 year old female who hunts to put food on the table for her little sister, Primrose and her healer mother. Losing her father in a mining accident 5 years ago, she has become the sole breadwinner of the family. Years of fending for herself has turned her into a hardened cynic, revealing her true personality only to her long time hunter partner and best friend, Gale Hawthorne. In their country (which is believed to be the only one left), a contest called the Reaping takes place every year. They pick two tributes from every district and throw them into unpredictable climate to fight for their lives. In the first book, Katniss’s sister Primrose is picked as one of these tributes, and in order to save the only person Katniss loves, she volunteers instead, throwing caution to the winds. As the male tribute, a boy, Peeta Mellark (yes, of all the names!) is chosen, someone with who Katniss has history. Namely, he donated some burnt bread to Katniss when she was starving to death. Anyways, moving on, they travel to the Capitol together, stitching up loose ends, simultaneously hating and feeling the slightest bit liking towards each other. In the arena, they manage to bewilder each other and eventually end up becoming allies. As expected in every book like this, they end up falling in love (…sort of) and Peeta reveals that he has liked Katniss since kindergarten. They fight for their lives a little more, and at the end when they’ve defeated all the other formidable tributes, a microphone announces that there can only be one tribute (earlier it was proclaimed that two tributes from the same district can win if they’re allies). Therefore, Katniss makes a split-second decision to eat nightlock, berries that instantly kill you. The Capitol intervenes, they are both chosen as winners, but they have to keep up a dysfunctional façade in order to maintain peace in Panem.

Now, I suppose I have to add my opinions. This book, while hyped, and pronounced a masterpiece by many high-ranking writers, and teenagers, I find a little too concentrated and also too directed towards the cliché love triangle that is ever present in every teenager book. While these books are gaining popularity among those of my age, I find them to be a little too hyped. Of course, everyone has different opinions, and while I find this simply not in my top 10 book list, others might do. Nobody has the same opinions, opinions are like hearts, everybody has one, no matter how shriveled, black or small they might be.

Anyway, Katniss, to me, is too much of a sigma female (see Google), too wrapped up in the misgoings of the world to trust anyone. Gale, who has protected her since well, forever, is not even granted a single look after she’s picked for the Reaping with Peeta. Alright, she had more stuff to do, but come on, Katniss, Gale genuinely cared for you. Also, it might just be me, but Peeta was too mid (boring).

All in all, the first book in the Hunger Games trilogy is, for me, a bit bland, a bit too concentrated, and it gave me, yes, Panem has problems, but Katniss is just too concentrated, like fluoroantimonoc acid vibes.

Everyone has different point of views, but I hope you enjoyed this book review.

Dihaan Khan, signing out!

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