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Book and Movie Review of The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
A 16-year-old girl volunteers to take her younger sister’s place in the Hunger Games, a battle to the death between 24 randomly selected teenagers.
I waited until after I saw The Hunger Games movie to do this review just so I could tell you the difference between the movie and the book to give you a general idea of the story. The story is about a girl named Katniss Everdeen who is sixteen years old and she lives in a country called Panem. Panem is divided into twelve districts, which are basically like large cities that fenced in by electrical fencing in order to “protect” the people that live there. These twelve districts are ruled by a Capital. Seventy-four years before the book, there was a thirteenth district that revolted and tried to free itself from Panem. And Panem wiped it off the face of the Earth.
Now in order to keep the other twelve districts inline, what they do is every year, they have the televised Hunger Games and they make each district sacrifice up one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to come to their Hunger Games and fight to the death. Katniss’s sister is picked to be the tribute for her district and Katniss is so horrified by this that she volunteers to take her sister’s place.
So basically Katniss’s sent off to the Hunger Games where she is to compete to the death. That’s the general premise of the story.
The movie stayed as close to the book as they possibly could. The main difference between the book and the movie is that you get more time in district twelve in the book. In the movie, they kind of gloss over the beginning and they gloss over the end, and they stick to the battle between the teenagers – the fight to the death, which is great. It’s detailed; it’s interesting; it’s fantastic to watch. It just as good to read. But there is stuff that is set up in the beginning of the book that makes more sense in the story then in the movie. Then again in the end of the movie, they glossed over that as well and they cut out a lot of stuff to wrap it up. They sped through the beginning and they sped through the end in the movie, so I recommend definitely reading the book. It’s an easy read.
What I did not like is that there wasn’t a whole lot of romance in the book. Suzanne Collins definitely could have done more on the romance side.
All in all, I give it five stars because I could (and have) read this book again and again. I love this book. This one is so well done and it’s so interesting that I’m definitely keeping it and I’m definitely reading it again.
The Hunger Games Movie Description from Amazon
Book Description from Amazon
In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. Long ago the districts waged war on the Capitol and were defeated. As part of the surrender terms, each district agreed to send one boy and one girl to appear in an annual televised event called, “The Hunger Games,” a fight to the death on live TV. Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives alone with her mother and younger sister, regards it as a death sentence when she is forced to represent her district in the Games. The terrain, rules, and level of audience participation may change but one thing is constant: kill or be killed.
- Recommended Age: 12 years and up
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