The Hunger Games is a book series written by Suzanne Collins. I read the first book, and now I have begun reading the second. I have already seen the movies, and they were well done, but since I had not read the books, I didn’t get to experience all of the details like you can when reading what the author truly has to say. I have to say; I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book! As stated in “http://www.npr.org/2012/08/07/157795366/your-favorites-100-best-ever-teen-novels” it is the second best read for teenagers, only beaten by the Harry Potter series by JK Rowling. It has not received a Newbery or any other notable award, but I do think it deserves one.
The world that is represented in The Hunger Games is a dystopian world. It is based on the fall of The United States from an apocalypse of some type, and now the country is called Panem. Katniss Everdeen, who lives in the 12th district of Panem, is the main protagonist. District 12 is the poorest of the districts of Panem. There is an annual contest between the 12 districts. Where from each district of Panem, a male and female child between the ages of 12 and 18, are forced to fight for their survival against one another. This is what is called “The Hunger Games,” the only reason for the annual
“game” is that in time called “The Dark Age” the 13 districts at the time (since then the 13th district fell to The Capitol) fought for their independence against The Capitol, and now the districts must face their punishment for this time every year.
The Hunger Games wouldn’t be a good book for the classroom, as a required read. Although it is a superb book and I enjoyed reading it, I don’t think there is anything in it that would be for a classroom setting or something valuable to teach about. The book otherwise, would be good for children to read outside of the classroom as supplemental reading, so they can significantly explore their imagination. Also for the kids, if they have seen the movie, to get the best details of what happens in the story. The value of the book for children to read is also good; the book is not too predictable on what is going to happen. At some points, it may be too mature for kids under the age of 9 or 10.