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Posted on March 12th 2018
Book Review - The Hunger Games
The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins.
These stories take place in this dystopian world where a protagonist (Katniss Evergreen), takes her sisters place in the ‘Hunger Games’, on the day of reaping.
The day of reaping is the on which ‘tributes’ are chosen from each district to partake in the hunger games, where there is only one surviving victor. When Katniss departs to The Capital for the beginning of the games, she leaves behind her sister (Prim), mother, her best friend (Gale) and Madge Undersee, who gave her the mockingjay pin, which would soon become her symbol.
Suzanne Collins uses the theme of the mockingjay as a reoccurring motif throught the trilogy. Collins also uses symbolism through the mockingjay. Due to the actions of Katniss and Peeta (the other tribute from district 12), attempting suicide in the Hunger Games arena, the other districts perceive this as an act of defiance against The Capital. This sparks uprisings throughout the districts and the citizens believe that Katniss will spearhead the movement in the fight for justice. While Katniss is leading this uprising, the mockingjay becomes the symbol which encompasses the reason for the rebellion and justice.
I thoroughly enjoyed this trilogy and would recommend it to anyone who is looking for an immensely pulse-raising series. Suzanne Collins has craftily written a masterpiece that will keep you awake until you have completed the series.
By Tayeeba – Year 9