Between the Lines: The Hunger Games


I love to read but don’t love reading books that have questionable themes. I want to make sure that I’m a discerning reader and choose books that will benefit me because, as James Bryce said, “The worth of a book is measured by what you can take away from it.” 

Since I have found some books that I enjoyed reading, I would like to pass them on to you. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did. I include some non-Christian books not because I agree with them, but rather I know that many Christian teenage girls read these books and need to think biblically as they do.

Lastly, if you click on my link to purchase any book I review, the proceeds go to VisionNationals.org to help fund an orphanage and church planting in India. It's run by Pastor Arjuna, whom I have known since childhood and has my favorite Coloradoite on staff, my friend Lauren. For more information, please visit VisionNationals.org.

The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins

(Scholastic Press, 2008)

Synopsis

Bravery, sacrifice, and love for her sister find Katniss in a fight for her life. The world in which she lives is dominated by an overbearing government watching and monitoring every move its citizens make. To remind the country of its control, the Capitol forces children to fight to the death as a sporting event for the citizens once a year. Every year the Leaders dream up new ways of tormenting the Tributes: natural disasters, unbearable climates, lack of food and water, and lack of shelter. Friends turn on each other, strangers kill each other blindly, and the innocent are slain simply for the amusement of the citizens.

Taking part almost guarantees death, but Katniss, motivated by fervent love towards her family and a hunger for justice, does all she can to keep her life. Without her archery skills and fiery personality, she wouldn't stand a chance against her muscular, athletic, agile opponents. The meager lifestyle Katniss lived all her life will become one of glory if she wins—but first she has to survive.

Pros

Great imagery and character development.

Cons

I think this book would have been better off without the occasional detours from the main plot to the love stories. Parts of the sequels were repetitive.

Stats

Rating: 8 out of 10

Ages: 14 to adult

Pages: 374

Worldview: Non-Christian

Genre: Action-Romance-Science Fiction


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