The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins is an engaging and well written fantasy novel. It could be compared to both I’m a Celebrity and Big Brother in terms of exact genre, but futuristic fantasy is its focus. It is a book written primarily for young adults, but many adults have enjoyed it as well.
The book is set in the future and follows an intelligent and resourceful young girl named Katniss Everdeen. During this time in the future, there is no longer a North America, and instead, the setting is called Panem. Within Panem, there are 12 different districts. There used to be 13, but the rulers of Panem destroyed the 13th district. The Hunger Games are a set of annual games that are held each year between one boy and one girl from each of the 12 districts. The 24 girls and boys must fight to the death. The last boy or girl remaining wins a number of prizes for their district. The games are streamed live for all of Panem to see. Of course, Katniss ends up competing in the games, and we follow her journey there.
This book is one of the better reads of teenage fiction today, and it is unique because it focuses on real threats in the world as we know it today. It is a serious look at reality television and explores several other interesting angles of society and the government too.
Several people have criticized this book for being so alike other fantasy novels that also deal with an ever-present eye of the government watching its people too closely. These books include The Condemned and Running Man. But because the main characters are teenagers, this shifts things a bit. In addition to the main plot line of young people fighting for their lives to please the government, there are also some romantic elements to the story. Taking a page out of Twilight, Suzanne Collins puts Katniss in front of two eligible suitors, and readers just have to anxiously await which one she will choose in the end.
The Hunger Games is one of three books in a series, so you can check out the other two if you like the Hunger Games. There are also movies made from the books. If you liked novels like Enders Game or the story of Romeo and Juliet but you don’t know if fantasy books are for you, this could be a great segue into the literary genre. Check out lastest fantasy books here: http://www.noqstore.asia/ScienceFiction_Fantasy.aspx