Review 2: Suzanne Collins’ ‘The Hunger Games’

This week I thought I’d review The Hunger Games; the release of the film has created a lot of interest, although I don’t think it did the book as much justice as it should have done.

Have you ever read those books that you can’t put down? For me, those books are The Hunger Games series. Now don’t get me wrong, it’s not my favourite piece of writing ever, that would probably be George Orwell’s 1984, but it’s interesting and enjoyable; simply put, it’s easy reading.

However, at times it can be poignant and accessible, while questioning society and our humanity. Within the book’s 1984-esq. political system of totalitarian capitalism, the rich are exuberant and comfortable as the poor work to make them richer. In this way Suzanne Collins warns against the dangers of this kind of system; she shows her readers what can happen because of these power hungry governments.

Moving on from politics, the books also indulge the ever so common young-adult reader with plenty of love interest. Mostly, the love triangle between Katniss, Peeta, and Gale. Though Katniss’ indecision renders her an unlikable character, (in my eyes) it certainly adds a new dimension of excitement to the novel.

The books appeal to readers looking for an easy read, and those looking for a political thriller. For me, this is the reason it’s become so popular so quickly.

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