Book Review: The Hunger Games


Rachael Hargis, Staff Writer

A modern take on a dystopian novel, The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins is an enthralling thriller that highlights the power of volition and self-determination. In a post-apocalyptic world called Panem, the Dictator holds an annual killing competition or “Hunger Games” that is taken place amongst the lower castes of society that are divided into districts. After Katniss Everdeen is selected for the games, she has to decide whether to conform to Panem’s standards or deviate from them, even if doing so guarantees death. I liked the way Collins characterized her protagonist as flawed and imperfect, because many authors paint theirs as impeccable beings with little to no depth. Also, I noticed that rather than Katniss being seen as an outlaw or a rebel, she can be seen as a symbol of bravery and change in a world where disobedience isn’t tolerated. This is one of my favorite books, so I would give it an 11/10.