|Name: Christopher Jimenez||Media Format: Audio (Audio-book)|
|Title: The Hunger Games||Genre: Dystopia, Political satire, Romance|
|Author: Suzanne Collins||Selection Source: 2008 Booklist Editor's Choice (Youth)|
|Publisher: Scholastic Press||Recommended Audience Age: 12-18|
|Reading Recommendation: 4 out of 5|
|Curriculum Connections: Politics, Leisure, History, Economics|
Romance is introduced into this story by the male representative from district 12, Peeta, who reveals that he has been in love with Katniss since the day he met her. Their relationship develops in the arena, and climaxes when they are the final two competitors in the game.
This novel has earned the following distinctions:
- 2009 Children's Choices Selection Finalist (IRA & CBC)
- Notable Children's Books (ALSC)
- For others see the author's website
EvaluationThis title is well written and the premise is entertaining. However, this premise (children killing eat other) is also the source of negative public reaction. Censors could find plenty of objectionable material in this novel, which is why it is recommended for High School-level readers. The objectionable content comes in the form of violence and gore as children are impaled, mauled and otherwise killed in graphic detail.
Objections notwithstanding, this book also teaches self-sacrifice, cooperation, and serves as a political satire. This title could also be used to illustrate how economics work as each district is known for a particular industry, district 12 being known for the production of coal. A discussion on free speech could also factor in, as the citizens of Panem do not have the freedom to resist anything the government does.