Book Review: The Hunger Games
‘The Hunger Games’ is a luminous piece of literary work by Suzanne Collins. Collins authored this book in the year 2008 wherein she portrays social issue like poverty, suppression, social deviance and gender inequality in a very realistic manner. The book narrates the story of a city, Panem. This paper is going to discuss the book, issues, portrayed in the book, along with discussing several other related aspects of the subject matter.
The main character of this story is 16 years old, Katniss Everdeen who volunteered herself in an event that was organized in the Panem. This event was a bloody event where one teenager boy and one girl from every village had to participate in the event to kill their competitors. These people belonged to rural areas and were forced to participate in this bloody game, just to entertain the rich people of the city. The portrayal of this gap, between the rich and the poor villagers, is very poignant (Collins).
Everdeen takes a decision to fight against such arrangement and she decides to fight in this game even if she was not chosen for this. This brave girl challenged the traditional and established system that claimed innocent lives. She was not only brave but very clever girl who manipulated the terms of the game. She did not protect only herself but also protected her friend who was fighting in the game. When she came out as a winner, it was not very comfortable for the organizers to see that a girl won this deadly game (Collins).
Collins has portrayed everything in a comprehensible way. Characters of the story communicate with the readers in various scenes. Selection of words and the message that the book gives to the readers, addresses the social evils as well as questions about several other practices and issues. The novel also highlights negative impacts of the war and the animosity. Events are portrayed in a way that excite readers and entertain them (Collins).
The book hints that the society behaves in dual manner. There are different treatments for the rich and poor people. The role of Gender has been particularly highlighted by the author. Collis portrays Everdeen in the leading role that suggests women empowerment. This character is not weak or dull in any way. She is smarter than other participants including several male participants. She emerges as the winner at the end of the game and also finishes this inhuman tradition that existed or a long time (Collins).
This paper concludes that the book, ‘The Hunger Game’ is an entertaining book that educates readers about a number of things. The book also highlights several social problems and raises questions about the relevance of these traditions. The role of gender is portrayed in an innovative way that suggests readers to think about the role and condition of women in the society.
Collins, Suzanne. The Hunger Games. New York, NY: Scholastic Inc., 2008.