Book Review: By Poppy Chesterman aged 10 years old
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins is a fantastic book that is constantly dramatic and makes the reader think about many different things including: friendship, survival and working as part of a team to overcome challenges. The book begins in a town called district 12. The author describes the town and the world they live in really well, helping the reader to understand what it is like to live there.
The story follows the adventures of Katniss and Peter. They are both teenagers who meet right at the beginning of the book, when they are called out to enter The Hunger Games. They stay together throughout the training and the games. The Hunger Games involve the 12 districts competing until there is an overall winner. Peter is a shy character at first, who lives with his mum in a bakery. He was very healthy living in the bakery, however, once called up to the hunger games his body changes, as well as his personality. He becomes very caring to others, braver and stronger.
At the beginning, Katniss lives with her loving mother and her innocent little sister Primrose. Katniss is very protective of her sister and is a very determined girl who likes a challenge. The author shows this by describing how Katniss owns her own bow and arrow and can hunt deer really well. Once Katniss is called up to the hunger games the author demonstrates how she changes, the good parts of her personality become more evident. For example, she proves how caring she is when Primrose, her sister, is called out to join the hunger games and she volunteers to take her place instead. The author describes Katniss’ courage throughout the book; even when she has to face people stronger than her in the games she remains focused.
My favourite character in the book is Rou. You first meet her when Katniss is training for the hunger games. Rou is the youngest competitor. One of the reasons I have chosen her as my favourite character is because she is nearly the same age as me. I also like her because she is very clever. She takes advantage of the fact that she is small to help her to survive. I think that the author sends an important message through Rou, as she proves that regardless of shape or size you can succeed.
The Hunger Games offers many examples of how important friendship is because survival is dependant on teamwork. Rou and Katniss become friends because they realise that it is better to be with someone. When Katniss tries to escape, Rou uses her mind to think of a solution and a way to overcome the challenge.
I really love the way Suzanne Collins has written the book. Every sentence and paragraph is full of detail and interesting words. The author explains the setting very well, as it is very different to the world that we live in. The story is quite believable, even though it is based on fantasy. The author uses so much suspense and tension throughout the book and after each chapter there is a cliffhanger so that you have to keep reading.
I would really recommend this book to people who enjoy stories about adventure, people working together, bravery and physical challenges. I was so excited that there are more books in the series and I’m looking forward to reading the rest!
Whats your favorite book?