The Hunger Games is one of the most popular and influential science fiction novels of the modern day. The Hunger Games is the thrilling tale of a young woman named Katniss Everdeen who participates in a game to the death, where teenagers are pulled from 12 districts in a post-apocalyptic nation to bring honour to their district and win.
This Hunger Games novel is home to an original setting with a unique and dark plot that not just anyone would even think of. The author, Suzanne Collins, created a twisted, dystopian, science fiction universe full of death, inequality, and betrayal, and it is nothing but absolutely thrilling. The way that Katniss, a bright and intelligent heroine, navigates her way through the system of this world to rise on top is thrilling as she uses her physical and mental abilities to her advantage over and over again. I loved this because Katniss is such an empowering female character who consistently stands for what she believes in and fights for justice and equality, which is both inspiring and exhilarating. She gives into nothing and no one which adds to the thrill of the novel which carries out all the way through.
It is a thrilling but ultimately gruesome story that is aimed at teenage and mature young adult audiences. The story itself when I read it was unpredictable and always left you guessing just what the society had in store for the participants of the Hunger games, as each challenge was more exciting and complex than the last. I enjoy progressive thrill within a novel and the Hunger games provided just that.
I would rate this book a 4.5/5 stars
- @AllegroReader of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

I liked reading “The Hunger Games” but I didn’t love it. This book was amazingly written, has an inspiring heroine and overall deserves recognition, despite any flaws. Katniss Everdeen's sister has been chosen to compete in the annual hunger games but Katniss volunteers herself to protect her sister. The character development of Katniss Everdeen is brilliant. She’s a fierce, independent woman and the scenes develop her character really well. However, I think the hunger games event held every year is absolutely disgusting, unnecessary and brutal. I didn’t enjoy the battles, romance, or danger. Unfortunately, this book is based on it and there’s nothing I can do about that. The setting was a good choice for this book and the anti-violent message was clear. I would recommend reading “The Hunger Games” for ages 12+. 4/5 stars.
- @Riddikulus of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

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