The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins (2008)
Synopsis: Katniss Everdeen lives in the poverty-stricken District 12 of Panem, a futuristic North America. Every year, a male and a female Tribute are picked from each District to compete in the titular Hunger Games. When Katniss’ younger sister Primrose is selected as that year’s District 12 Tribute, Katniss volunteers to take her place in the Games.
Finding herself pitted against twenty-three other Tributes, in a hellish arena designed to mimic both natural and unnatural weather conditions, Katniss struggles with both the difficulties of the arena and her own emotions.
The Hunger Games is a popular series right now, and it’s not hard to see why. Though Collins’ novel is set in a dystopia world, she blends action sequences with more romantic subplots. For those who like critical analysis, the plot itself provides plenty to think about, particularly with the concept of the Hunger Games themselves – a fight to the death for the Tributes, but entertainment for the wealthy citizens of the Capitol.
The novel does not shy away from violence, which may not be to every reader’s tastes. But for those who don’t mind, the novel offers a fast-paced plot, with plenty of action and drama. Told through Katniss’ point of view, the reader is offered an intimate glimpse into the workings of her mind. Overall an entertaining book.
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Divergent by Veronica Roth: in a dystopian Chicago, 16 year old Beatrice Prior must choose which segment of society to join for he rest of her life, with the choice being between staying with her family, or being who she really is. It has a similar theme of competition, action mixed with drama, and a dystopian world.
Girl in the Arena by Lise Haines: Lyn is a gladiator’s daughter whose family is deeply involved in the world of televised blood sports. But when her father is killed in the arena, Lyn must fight back, possibly to the death. The concept has similarities to the televised Hunger Games, and the idea of one girl fighting to the death.
Blood Red Road by Moira Young: a young girl, Saba, sets to free her kidnapped brother in a ruined world. Throughout her trials, she discovers she is a fierce and cunning fighter with the potential to bring down her corrupt world. The dystopian element is also present, and the main character is a fierce fighter embroiled in a society wide battle, similar to Katniss.