I am reviewing the Hunger Games trilogy, the first of which has been made into a film which comes out in March, starring Jennifer Lawrence. The three books are called The Hunger Games, Catching Fire and Mockingjay.
The story, set in the near future, follows a young girl, Katniss Everdeen, who lives with her mother and sister, Prim, and has risked her life since she was 12 and will continue to do so until she’s 18 by having her name put into the ‘Reaping’. Each district of Panem (the country Katniss lives in)- there are 12 in total, but used to be 13- has to give two tributes, a boy and a girl, to The Hunger Games. As Prim is 12 in the first story, it is her first time at the Reaping. Katniss believes there is no chance of her younger sister being picked, when she suddenly hears the terrible words, “Primrose Everdeen”. The 16-year-old girl runs forward and asks to swop with her sister, and volunteers to go into the dangerous arena, where the fight to the death will happen. Peeta Mellark, another 16-year old, is chosen as the male tribute. He is a baker’s son and therefore is not very experienced or good at fighting.
Ever since Peeta and Katniss met, when they were six years old, Peeta has had a crush on her. He was throwing out the old bread to the chickens when he saw her, and threw her a loaf of bread. Their romance features a lot in all three books, and as the first one is about one Hunger Games, guess what? They both survive the first one, but as it was a Quarter Quell (25, 50, 75 etc. Hunger Games) there is a twist.
Every 25 years, there is a special feature of the next Hunger Games. This year, President Snow says that all the districts have to one male tribute who has won and one female tribute. As District 12 have only had 3 winners (each winning district gets the winner back apart from Katniss and Peeta who both won- you’ll have to read it to find out how), only one of them being
female, Katniss and Peeta are chosen again. Normally, you would be completely safe from the reaping again, but President Snow hates Katniss. The third book is about an uprising that Katniss and Peeta may have helped create. I can’t say any more about it!
I would make every single person in the world read it if I could. They are just so amazing! Read them- Or you will miss out!! I would recommend these books to girls or boys age 12 or older.
Posted by Cicely Thomas, 12