Sunday, February 12, 2012

Book Review: The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, Book 1), By Suzanne Collins

Book Review: The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, Book 1), By Suzanne Collins Book Cover Art
The Hunger Games, (Hunger Games Trilogy, book 1)
By: Suzanne Collins

When her little sister is selected for the Hunger Games, Katniss takes her place, knowing full well that it will probably result in her death. Of those selected only one can be allowed to live – the contestants must kill or be killed.

The Hunger Games draws its audience with a morbid fascination that keeps you reading out of hope and disbelief as the story does exactly what it says it will and what no one wants it to. This book contains large amounts of death and killing by various means and for numerous reasons.

There are also:
  • references to attempted drowning of an animal
  • illegal activities
  • killing animals for food
  • gruesome images of mangled bodies/injuries
  • many instances of nudity 
  • kissing

While the characters do exhibit some limited virtue, they are not good role models. I advise parental discretion and would never recommend this as anything younger than a young adult book.

More The Hunger Games Reviews:
  • Book 1: The Hunger Games (Review)
  • Book 2: Catching Fire (Review)
  • Book 3: Mockingjay (Review)

Readers who like The Hunger Games may also enjoy:

Book Review: Catching Fire (The Hunger Games, book 2)Book Review: The Maze Runner (Maze Runner Trilogy, Book 1), By James Dashner
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  1. I loved The Hunger Games! You are right though, it definitely has some stuff in it that might be unsuitable to people of a certain age range. I think it also has a very important lesson about society and what we could be capable of.

  2. Hmmm, my oldest daughter is 9, and I don't think I'd have a problem with her reading this one. But I think she'd enjoy it more if I waited until she was 12 to hand it to her.

  3. I loved the Hunger Games. Such a fascinating and riveting tale. I think the story is very well-crafted. But I agree with you that there are many parts of this book that may not be appropriate for some children. Parents need to know their child before handing this one over to them (parents should read it first). Suzanne Collins's Gregor the Overlander series is a good fit for MG readers!


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