The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

A great “reality” book, if I could be so bold to call it this.  It reminded me of the reality TV show Survivor, except Katniss’ adventure is real and they’re playing for keeps.  The novel is set in a future world where children between the ages of 12 and 18 years old are randomly selected to participate in the Hunger Games – a way for the Capitol, this world’s overall governing body, to remind the twelve nations that they cannot control their own destinies.  The story follows the trials and adventures of the Games and the relationship between Katniss and Peeta, her fellow competitor from her District.

I can’t remember where now, but it was pointed out in class, that this particular book was viewed as a romance novel by some.  After reading it, I wonder where they got this notion.  Yes, there’s the possibility of a relationship, but I’m left truly puzzled by the “romance” part.  I thought it was more of an action story than a romance. a very good one at that.

This is the first instalment of a trilogy and Collins’ second book, Catching Fire promises to take us further into Katniss and Peeta’s adventures.  I’m looking forward to reading it over the Christmas break – if I can wait that long…


Collins, Suzanne. (2008). The Hunger Games. New York, NY: Scholastic Press.

Book website: http://www.thehungergames.co.uk/

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