The Hunger Games Book is the first book in the novel trilogy that includes Catching Fire as the second book and Mocking Jay as the third book in the trilogy. Together, they are often referred to as the Hunger Games Trilogy. The Hunger Games Book gained itself a considerable amount of fame in 2008 by being on the best seller list of the new york times for more than 60 weeks. Therefore, the Hunger Games book was included in the New York Times’ list of notable books of 2008. Moreover, the Hunger Games book has also received my praises from notable authors such as Stephen King, or Stephanie Meyer.
As the first in the series, the Hunger Games book is distinguished from other novels by the masterful delivering methods for an adolescent coming of age story, incorporated with a bleak dystopia. The first installment in the Hunger Games books was also published by the Scholastic Press in 2008, September. The author, stated many times in various reviews that the Hunger Games book is influenced by a lot of other sources, including the story of Theseus and the Minotaur, the memory of the author’s own experience with a dad of some kids that get involved in the military, as well as her perception of reality televisions and war that is shown on the TV. They all intermingled in her mind and result in the Hunger Games book.
The Hunger Games book details the journey of the heroine Katniss Everdeen, who was forced to join a fight to death game against other children of her age. The setting takes place in the Panem, a dystopic country that is located in the North America in the real world. With limited resources around, the government run by the Capitol rules it citizens by divide them into districts, which is filled with different class separations. The strongest tool to separate these classes apart is the Hunger Game (used as the title for the Hunger Games book), which is held annually where teams from each district will fight for the whole country to watch.
Our heroine, Katniss, lives in the poorest district. At a young age, she is the main provider of the family and makes a living by hunting illegally in the woods. When the Hunger Games Book begins, the younger sister of Katniss is chosen as the representative for the district to join, and Katniss offers herself as a volunteer. The hunger Games book continues to follow these children as they are groomed to portray a certain image that represents their districts for the whole country to enjoy, and trained for the brutal games. Katniss forces herself in the process to win by different means, which was disapproved by her companion.
In comparison with its competitors in the novel market for young adults, the hunger games book is significantly more violent and extreme. However, each word and situations are skillfully used to portray the effects of poverty, death, and disunions in the society, which make the novel a must-read for all of us.