The Hunger Games takes place in a futuristic nation known as Panem, after the destruction of the North American continent by some unexplained apocalyptic event. Panem consists of a wealthy Capitol and twelve underprivileged districts under the Capitol’s control. District 12, where the book begins, is located in the coal-rich region that was formerly Appalachia. The games themselves take place in arenas designed to put man against nature. Man, in this case is our protagonist, Catnis Aberdeen, and her steamy contrived loved interest Peeta mellark.
Catnis is a brash tomboy who has never known love before. She steps up to partake in the games to save her little sister from a fait that might lead to death. her attitude gets in her way, but all in all she’s a good hearted girl who comes of age in a hard and fast paced storey. Granted she’s a victor of the games, but she’s still learning what love is.
Peeta is a self-effacing boy who is just finding himself when he is tossed into his own version of hell on Earth. The first kick in the balls for him comes when he finds that the girl who is to be his partner in the games is Catnis, the poor sweet girl he’s had a crush on from his childhood. Peeta falls deeper in love with her and does his damndest to keep Catnis alive throughout the story. He is subject to blood poisoning, sword wounds, and some minor asphyxiation at the hands of a bad guy, but he comes out loving his woman and with her help a co victor of the games.
The only other character worth mentioning from the story is Rue. Rue is a sweet girl who makes a major impact on Catnis, and dies at the hands of power hungry players. Catnis avenges Rue’s killer and sings Rue to her final rest. Catnis is royally pissed off at the loss of such a good player, and as a reader, I was as well.
overall the story was good. There were parts, dear reader, where I was angry and swearing a blue streak at the manipulations of the players like chessmen on a board. however, I think Suzanne Collins, the author, did a good job telling the story. The story itself was all kinds of fucked up, and had a weird ending, but the overall walk away feeling I had was of satisfaction at a good suspense adventure love story.
Read it for yourselves. Trust me, it is a few hours that you will not regret.