Wild Reader Book Review

This is a series of student written book recommendations for independent reading or to read aloud with your family. Student reviewers are part of the Reading in the Wild enrichment class.

The Hunger Games

Book Title:
The Hunger Games
Author: Suzanne Collins
Genre: Distopian (creation of an utterly horrible or degraded society that is generally headed to an irreversible oblivion, or dystopia)

This is an action-packed book that takes place in the land of Panem, a nation that is where North America once was. In Panem, every year, the 12 districts must each send one boy and one girl from the ages of 12 to 18, to participate in a fight to the death in the “Hunger Games”, an annual event in which the last man standing wins. Katniss Everdeen doesn’t think she’ll ever survive, but years of illegally hunting in the woods outside District 12 might pay off. But to win, she’ll have to make choices that weigh life over love, and survival over humanity.

I realized when I was reading this book that Katniss has bad social skills. She sort of died a little inside when her father died in a mine accident, and she only has one friend.

Favorite character:
Surprisingly, even though she’s twisted, mean, and slightly insane, I like Clove, the girl from District 2. I’m still not sure why I always seem to like characters who are like that.

Favorite quote from the book:
“And may the odds be ever in your favor!”

If you’ve seen the movie, then you NEED to read this!

Star Rating:

This is a book best intended for mature readers; there’s quite a bit of kissing, and so much violence it made me feel woozy. One girl’s tongue is cut (before the events of the book) because she defied the government. There’s some language, and one man is always drunk. So, pretty much don’t read this book to a seven-year old.

Book Rating – Common Sense Media