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Here is a review by a student of mine, Parker Zimmerman. It is a great review, though he does not add any analysis paragraphs, but then again, it was not required
The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins, copyright 2008, is an adventure fiction book about the struggles Katniss and her friends have to go through as the government abuses their power to keep in control. One of the main ways the government ensures that they stay in power is the hunger games. They use this event to show the people that they can do whatever they want to them at any time. Katniss' sister only has one ticket in the drawings for the tributes, the people who fight in the hunger games, but somehow they draw her name, so Katniss volunteers to take her place. She has to fight to the death with twenty-three other tributes, including one other from her district. But throughout the journey love, courage, and fear kept Katniss going.
This story was told from the point of view of Katniss as she struggles to stay alive and get home, while trying to help some of her companions. One thing that was great about Collins' writing style was that you were almost always on the edge of your seat and when she did give you a break from the action she was drawing some kind of emotion from you, so it was really hard to put the book down. This book was probably intended for teenagers and young adults. It was a great adventure fiction book, but I think her style is better suited for people in that age group.
This book was great, and I really enjoyed reading it. It drew many emotions from me, which means it definitely impacted me, but it wasn't one of those books that totally changed the way I thought about things. However, it definitely made me think. I haven't read many books about dystopias, so this was a change, and I kept comparing it to our lives, and I tried to picture living there, but I've never experienced anything like it, so it was very difficult. Not only could I not imagine living in this dystopia, but I could also not imagine going through anything that Katniss had to go through. She put her life on the line in order to keep her sister safe, killed other kids in order to stay alive and try to get home, and watched one of her closest companions die in front of her eyes. The emotions this book drew from me were as strong or stronger than the ones most of the books I have read have drawn. And throughout reading this book, I kept thinking about how much this story reminded me of The Odyssey. It followed the hero cycle like many books do, but it was strikingly similar to the story of Telemachus, which is a great story.
The strong emotions this book drew from me kept me reading. I couldn't put this book down. If you like action packed books that can draw great emotions from you, this is a book you should read.
~ RATING: ***** 5/5