This was a book report that I wrote for my English class. If you're thinking of reading the Hunger Games, I suggest that you look at this...
The Hunger Games is a very popular book among teens my age. It’s basically about a sixteen-year-old girl named Katniss whose sister (named Prim) was chosen to compete in the Hunger Games, which was an annual tournament where two children from each District (there are 12-ish) are forced to fight to the death on live television. Katniss apparently really loved her sister or something, because she volunteers to go in Prim’s stead.
I first picked up this book because everyone else was reading it. The plot had caught my interest, and I saw it EVERYWHERE in school, so I decided to read it. The first thing that I thought when I finished the book was, “Why on Earth was this thing popular?” I mean, the plot was definitely good, but the writing was only so-so. However, I actually did kind of like this book. I can count on one hand all of the books that have managed to make me cry, and this is one of them.
I did have a minor problem with the character development though. The point of Katniss going into the Hunger Games in the first place was to save her sister Prim. The only problem is that Prim has, like, three lines before the main character is sacrificing her life for her. Yeah, that’s great and all, but I like to actually get to know the character before I start feeling all mushy about her life being in danger.
What also bugged me was the author makes a big point of the fact that Katniss has no special talents besides archery. When it comes to public speeches, acting, intelligence, etc. Katniss just stands back and lets the BOYS do everything and make all of the decisions for her. Oh, apparently Stephanie Meyer recommends it. (No surprise there.)
Anyways, I DID like this book, even though it had (a lot of) problems. I would recommend this book to everyone who likes excitement and doesn’t mind (many) plot holes. Also, if you have a weak stomach, don’t read this. (Wow, I’m doing a terrible job of selling this thing, aren’t I?)
But other than THAT, it’s a good book.
My rating? 6/10